Trinity Metro announced that the agency, the City of Fort Worth, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) welcomed U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Polly Trottenberg on April 26 for a discussion and a tour of Trinity Metro TEXRail.
Trinity Metro CEO Richard Andreski, Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker, and North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) Transportation Director Michael Morris along with other local representatives joined the meeting with the federal delegation.
“Richard Andreski and the Trinity Metro team are doing incredible work implementing innovative transportation solutions for Fort Worth residents, and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to talk with Deputy Secretary Polly Trottenberg about these efforts and plans for the future of transit in our rapidly growing city,” said Mayor Parker.
Trinity Metro Discussion
The group discussed how Trinity Metro delivered the original TEXRail project on time and under budget, which has provided the funding for the upcoming extension of the passenger railway to the Medical District.
“Collaboration is key to successful transportation initiatives,” Director Morris said. “We enjoyed sharing our plans with Deputy Secretary Trottenberg and showing how NCTCOG, Trinity Metro, and the City of Fort Worth are focused on future transit options for the betterment of North Texas.”
Other discussion topics included Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) program, the newly proposed Fort Worth streetcar, and transit improvements for East Lancaster Avenue.
“This was a tremendous opportunity to welcome Deputy Secretary Polly Trottenberg to Fort Worth to discuss TEXRail and strong ridership growth at Trinity Metro,” Andreski said. “We are proud of what we have accomplished together with our federal and local partners. The future is bright for public transportation in Tarrant County.”
The group also toured Fort Worth Central Station and took a ride on TEXRail from Fort Worth Central Station to North Side Station.