Mobility 2030 is the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) for the Dallas-Fort Worth Area that has been adopted by the Regional Transportation Council. The MTP is a $78.3 billion (2009$) blueprint for the region’s multimodal transportation system through 2030.
By 2030, the region will need about $142.9 billion (2009$) to eliminate the most severe levels of congestion. However, the region does not have enough resources for all its transportation needs through 2030. The following principles help the region best allocate the limited resources it has:
- Maintain and operate existing facilities
- Improve efficiency of existing facilities
- Reduce single occupancy trips
- Increase transit trips
- Increase auto occupancy
The Dallas-Fort Worth region has continued to see increases in population and employment in recent years, making it the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the county. The population of the nine-county area is 6.3 million people, with more than 1 million people having arrived since 2000. This population growth will continue to make it difficult to fund needed transportation system capacity improvements. To help meet residents’ needs, continual efforts are being made to alleviate congestion, improve air quality, and provide a more reliable transportation system.
The cost of congestion is expected to increase significantly as the region’s population swells to more than 8.5 million. The region’s surging population will affect more than the number of cars on the road.
The annual cost of congestion is forecasted to rise from $4.2 billion in 2007 to $6.5 billion by 2030.
Mobility 2030 – 2009 Amendment Cost Summary:
Transit Operations & Maintenance
Freeway, Tollway, HOV & Managed System
Air Quality Program:
Mobility 2030 – 2009 Amendment includes the following air quality initiatives for implementation in the DFW area:
- Clean Vehicles
- HOV lanes
- Grade separations
- Bike & Pedestrian facilities
- Park-and-ride lots
- Signal & intersection improvements
- Employer trip reduction programs
- Intelligent Transportation Systems
Sustainable Development Initiatives:
- Transit-oriented development
- Infill development
- Freight-oriented development
- Rural preservation
- Development of south Dallas/southeast Fort Worth
Expanding the regional transit system is a vital part of improving the transportation network in the DFW area. Transit service includes local bus, express bus, light rail, and commuter rail service. Transit system planning is a coordinated effort involving NCTCOG, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the Denton County Transportation Authority, and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T). DART and The T jointly operate the Trinity Railway Express, a commuter rail service that carries riders between Fort Worth and Dallas.
North Texas is committed to expanding the rail system throughout the region. A number of potential rail corridors have been identified and will be evaluated for further development. North Texas rail plans suggest the area can be best served by a combination of light, commuter, and regional rail.
Rail System Funding
The transit recommendations include about 500 miles of rail. Dallas-Fort Worth is currently served by 83 miles of rail, and 166 miles have been programmed, are under development or have been identified in planning studies. However, 251 miles are pending alternate funding through a region wide rail transit development initiative for a total of 417 additional rail miles. This initiative brings together federal, state, and local elected officials along with the private sector to achieve consensus on how to implement regional rail.
The RTC is committed to increasing transportation options to people in the region. A seamless transit system is a vital element of the overall plan.
Additional roadway capacity is needed and would help alleviate major congestion throughout the region. However, the resources needed to fund many necessary projects are unavailable. While a need for improvement exists in various corridors, these projects must be deferred until more money is available. The nine-county area faces almost $64.6 billion (2009$) in unfunded needs through 2030. Just 55% of the funding has been identified. Innovation will prove more necessary as the state and region continue to grapple with a combination of higher costs and less revenue. The age of the existing infrastructure will also place more importance on maintenance.