North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) will increase toll rates July 1, implementing a biennial toll rate schedule approved by the board. On average, TollTag rates will adjust one penny per mile, from 18 to 19 cents.
In Tarrant County, NTTA operates the Chisholm Trail Parkway.
Regularly scheduled toll rate increases help NTTA plan and fund transportation choices and meet its financial obligations, including repaying more than $9.25 billion in bonds issued to build area toll roads.
In addition, NTTA is reinvesting nearly $2 billion into capital projects, including constructing additional lanes on the Dallas North Tollway, the President George Bush Turnpike and the Sam Rayburn Tollway to alleviate congestion and provide additional mobility to North Texans.
NTTA does not receive taxes to operate and maintain its toll roads. Tolls are a method to recover costs from only those drivers who use the road. Tolls also go toward quality maintenance of existing tollways and NTTA’s safety and service programs.
Crews will be changing toll rate road signs in the coming weeks, and drivers should be alert to workers and give them space.
New rates take effect July 1.
Thanks to residents who called in reports, Fort Worth’s Pothole Crew received 660 repair requests in May, which was designated Pothole Month.
Crews repaired 2,380 potholes in May. The city receives an average of 254 requests for potholes and fills 1,041 each month.
Crews are out daily locating and filling potholes on almost 8,000 lanes miles of roadway throughout the city. But they can’t find them all, so keep reporting them to get them fixed quickly.
How to report potholes
Report potholes online or by calling 817-392-1234.
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Keep in mind, potholes are no larger than 3 feet in diameter. Anything larger than this should be reported as a “street repair” or “base failure.”
The City of Fort Worth is leading a transit project in partnership with Trinity Metro to update the system-wide master plan, taking into account the rapid growth the region is experiencing.
The city and Trinity Metro encourage residents to participate throughout the process by attending public meetings, providing feedback through social media channels and participating in a project survey.
Survey data will be used to develop the Transit Moves Master Plan and to guide transit improvements throughout the city through 2045.
To learn more, view the Transit Moves Fort Worth website.
Ed Kraus, a 26-year veteran of the Fort Worth Police Department, was sworn in as interim chief during a special meeting of the City Council.
Kraus began his law enforcement career in 1992. He has served as an officer, detective and sergeant in several units in the Patrol Bureau. His command experience includes assignments as a neighborhood policing district lieutenant, a Patrol Division captain and commander of the Training Division.
He has served in executive roles as deputy chief over the Investigative and Support Command, assistant chief over the Support Bureau and executive assistant chief over the Patrol Bureau.
Kraus earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Tarleton State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute and the Caruth Police Institute’s Leadership Course.
The Moderne at Linwood is a new urban boutique condominium development located near downtown Fort Worth and the vibrant 7th Street area. Construction completion is scheduled for spring 2020.
The Moderne Condominiums site is located in the 2700 block of Wingate Street in a quiet residential neighborhood less than a one minute walk from Linwood Park. The property is directly west of the city designated West 7th Urban Village and the iconic Montgomery Plaza. A few blocks to the north is The Foundry District, an area with an artistic flair featuring one-of-a-kind retail, restaurants, creative offices and locally-sourced shopping. Downtown Fort Worth is less than a 5 minute drive via the West 7th Street bridge.
U.S. Census Bureau 2019 population estimates show Fort Worth jumping from the 15th to 13th largest city in the United States with a population of 895,008. Fort Worth gained 19,552 residents in 2018, climbing ahead of Columbus, Ohio and San Francisco.
“Fort Worth’s rapid growth speaks to our incredible quality of life, business-friendly climate and affordable cost of living,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “Of course, substantial growth presents both great opportunities as well as new challenges to strategically manage our growth without compromising what makes Fort Worth a unique place to live, work and play.”
Price and community leaders credit recent efforts focused around economic development, education, workforce development and health and wellness for having a positive impact. Fort Worth saw the third largest population increase in the U.S.
“The jump to 13th largest city in the U.S. will boost Fort Worth’s recognition worldwide as a formidable city in its own right and help draw more visitors and business investments,” said Bill Thornton, president & CEO of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. “The Dallas-Fort Worth region, now the fourth largest metro, and the Texas brand continue to attract business and top talent to fuel our economy. When people see that Fort Worth is larger than San Francisco, it should pique some curiosity about what’s going on here.”
This summer, folks in Fort Worth may spot a bright red, electric bus known as the Dash making the rounds on the streets.
For many, the obvious question might be: What the heck is the Dash?
The Dash is a new zero-emissions service that Trinity Metro, Fort Worth’s regional transit agency, plans to operate every 15 minutes daily from the Fort Worth Central transit station downtown to cultural district attractions, including UNT Health Science Center and the new Dickies Arena.
Although Dash service won’t be open to the public until Sept. 22, Trinity Metro has received the first of four buses that will operate the route. And starting this week, drivers are being trained to use the new all-electric, battery-powered vehicles, and are making daily runs along the route.
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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and American Airlines announced plans to develop a sixth terminal, providing a long-term commitment from the airline and opportunities for businesses and customers in the fastest growing region in the United States.
Plans call for DFW to invest up to $3.5 billion in terminal improvements, including the construction of Terminal F and enhancements to Terminal C. The identified site south of Terminal D provides significant flexibility for phasing in the number of gates for Terminal F, with a long-term projection of up to 24 gates, as demand for additional facilities is warranted.
“We look forward to accommodating the continued growth of our city and the region through infrastructure improvements and expansion at DFW Airport,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. “We’re glad to see DFW’s anchor carrier, American Airlines, headquartered in Fort Worth, collaborate with the airport to take this area to new heights. This new terminal will further fuel economic development and job growth in our region.”
Design work for Terminal F will begin immediately. DFW and American will explore several different options for the layout of the Terminal F site. DFW and American expect the details to be finalized as part of a new airlines lease agreement for DFW that is being negotiated. DFW and American anticipate the investment to be financed by bonds and repaid through airlines rates and charges over the life of the bonds.
The design of Terminal F is expected to accommodate a changing aviation industry as DFW uses innovative technologies to facilitate the movement of customers, maintain cost efficiencies for airlines and improve operational performance.
Terminal C is one of the Airport’s original terminals and opened in 1974. DFW and American plan to significantly improve the customer experience at Terminal C, bringing it in line with Terminals A, B and E, on which renovations were completed in 2018. Those renovations included redesigned check-in areas, larger security checkpoints, expanded concessions spaces and improved lighting and flooring.
Fort Worth City Manager David Cooke determined a change in leadership was necessary for the citizens of Fort Worth and the men and women of the Fort Worth Police Department.
“As the City Manager for the City of Fort Worth, it is my responsibility to make decisions and recommendations in the best interest of this community,” Cooke said. “Today, I’ve made the decision to remove Joel Fitzgerald as the Chief of Police for the Fort Worth Police Department.”
Executive Assistant Chief Edwin Kraus has been designated as interim Chief of Police.
Fitzgerald was sworn in as the Chief of Police for the Fort Worth Police Department in October 2015.
Chief Kraus began his career with the Fort Worth Police Department in 1992. He has served as an officer, detective and sergeant in several units in the Patrol Bureau. His command experience includes assignments as a Neighborhood Policing District lieutenant, a Patrol Division captain, commander of the Training Division, and deputy chief over the Investigative and Support Command. Most recently, Kraus oversaw the Patrol Bureau.
Based on recommendations from the Task Force on Race and Culture, the city manager laid out plans for independent oversight of the Fort Worth Police Department.
Initially, the city manager will seek approval from the City Council to create a police monitor function in the City Manager’s Office. Recruitment for that position is expected to begin in early summer, with the candidate beginning work at the start of the city’s next fiscal year on Oct. 1.
Among other recommendations, the task force urged the city to adopt a method for independent oversight of the police department to increase the community’s trust in the department. Establishing the independent oversight program would require a City Council ordinance.
The person hired for the police monitor position will lead efforts to empanel a nine-member Community Oversight Board and define the processes associated with independent oversight of the police department.
City Manager David Cooke and his staff are considering models used in other jurisdictions that could be adapted for Fort Worth. Input will be collected from stakeholders, including the police department, community board, City Council and residents. Funding for the police monitor and an assistant position is estimated to be in the range of $300,000 per year.
In other recommendations stemming from the work of the Task Force on Race and Culture, the Police Department plans to reinstate a Police Cadet program and target students in majority-minority high schools as a way to potentially recruit more minority applicants to the ranks of the department. That program is estimated to cost $370,000 annually.
The Police Department will soon begin crafting a diversity hiring plan for all positions with respect to race, ethnicity and gender. A recruitment plan is expected to be presented to the city manager by July.
About the task force
The Task Force on Race and Culture concluded 18 months of work when it presented the City Council with a slate of more than 20 recommendations last December. View the recommendations.PDF File
In 2017, the City Council appointed a 23-member task force to examine issues related to race and culture in Fort Worth. The task force asked for community input through a series of meetings and online engagement tools. As a result, thousands of residents participated in dozens of town hall-style meetings and smaller gatherings called Community Conversations.
Subcommittees studied racial equity and bias in several areas: criminal justice, economic development, education, health, housing, municipal governance and transportation.
Task force co-chairs were Rosa Navejar (presiding co-chair), Lillie Biggins, Rabbi Andrew Bloom and Bob Ray Sanders.
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