Nice weather, free fares and the desire to experience TEXRail combined to set a new weekend ridership total of nearly 20,000 in two days for the new commuter rail line. With 10,477 on Saturday and 9,111 on Sunday, the total ridership of 19,588 eclipsed the previous weekend record of 18,002, which was set during the three-day holiday weekend that included Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“The number of people choosing to ride TEXRail continues to exceed our expectations,” said Trinity Metro President/CEO Paul J Ballard. “We offered complimentary fares in January because we wanted everyone to experience TEXRail, and we are delighted that so many North Texans and tourists are riding.”
Prior to this weekend, MLK Day had the highest daily ridership with 8,287 passengers. Since service began on Jan. 10, the grand total is 82,733.
Beginning Feb. 1, the local fare for TEXRail will be $2.50 one way or $5 for a local day pass, which includes all Trinity Metro bus and rail service in Tarrant County. A regional day pass is $12 and includes all Trinity Metro, Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Denton County Transportation Authority trains and buses.
Trinity Metro is the owner and operator of TEXRail, a 27-mile commuter rail line that runs from downtown Fort Worth to Dalla- Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.
Mayor Betsy Price will detail her outlook for 2019 and report on the past year’s advancements at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s annual Mayor’s State of the City Address and Luncheon Feb. 19 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St.
Registration begins at 11:15 a.m., lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. and the program begins at 12:30 p.m. Purchase tickets through the Chamber website.
In addition, top Tarrant County businesses have been selected as finalists in competition for the Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Forte Awards. Winners will be announced at a reception before the State of the City address. The prestigious annual awards salute those that operate with exemplary best practices.
The 26th annual Party in Fort Worth, is an opportunity to celebrate what makes our community a great place to live, work and play. Wear cocktail attire and be ready to dine and dance on Feb. 23 at the Fort Worth Convention Center Ballroom.
The Party in Fort Worth is an annual event benefiting the Fort Worth Promotion and Development Fund. The fund, which is governed by a 13-member board, invests funds to promote Fort Worth before regional, national and international cultural, business, sports and governmental organizations. The Promotion Fund also provides resources for the development of local events, attractions and exhibits that enhance Fort Worth’s ability to recruit business and leisure visitors. The Fort Worth Promotion and Development Fund puts Fort Worth on the map, and recently supported the Fort Worth pavilion at SXSW.
To learn more about the party, contact Linda Fulmer by email or at 817-451-8740.
Mayor Jean-Paul Fournier of Nîmes, France, and a delegation will travel to Fort Worth Feb. 12-17 to sign the official document to become Fort Worth’s ninth sister city.
The official signing will take place between Mayor Betsy Price and Fournier at a ceremony at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and is free and open to the public.
“Fort Worth is excited to formally welcome Nîmes as our ninth sister city. We look forward to fostering business relationships and expanding cultural exchange opportunities through this partnership,” Price said.
Price will lead a delegation to Nîmes (pronounced NEEM) Sept. 25-Oct. 4 to sign the reciprocal agreement there. Residents are encouraged to join the group on the official visit.
Fort Worth Sister Cities International launched a long-range plan to select new sister cities in countries where they can build mutually beneficial relationships through education, exchanges and commerce. In 2017, Sister Cities sent a delegation to explore the potential partnership with Nîmes, France. A delegation reciprocated with a visit in 2018 to Fort Worth and quickly moved to make the partnership official.
“We are already making plans to welcome our new French friends and share our finest Texas culture,” said Sister Cities Chairwoman of the Board Veronica Chavez Law. “Future exchanges may focus on education, economic relations and arts and culture to create understanding and respect of each other’s cultures.”
Share your input on the city’s active transportation plan that will improve safety and mobility for people who walk, bike and use public transportation in Fort Worth.
Meetings are scheduled for:
The city has partnered with the North Central Texas Council of Governments with support through the Blue Zones Project to create an active transportation plan. Active transportation is transportation powered by human energy (walking and biking). The active transportation plan’s network will include bicycle and pedestrian facilities, as well as connections to the public transportation system, allowing people to get around the city without a car.
Coordinating this plan with public transportation is important because these trips often start or end with walking or biking. These are essential connections for people who walk (including people who use mobility devices) and bike.
This plan will integrate and update previous planning efforts such as the Walk Fort Worth and Bike Fort Worth plans, develop the first Trails Master Plan, and provide coordination with the regional Transit Master Plan. The result will be a unified, citywide transportation network for people who walk and bike, with a coordinated implementation strategy for planning, prioritizing and building improvements.
For those who are unable to attend, an online presentation from the Jan. 24 public meeting will be available for viewing.
To learn more, contact Julia Ryan at 817-392-2593.
The Log Cabin Village, 2100 Log Cabin Village Lane, will be closed for routine maintenance Jan. 21-Feb. 4. When it reopens, hours will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Mondays.
To learn more, call 817-392-5881 or visit the Village’s website.
Be a part of history when you attend the unveiling of a new Martin Luther King Jr. Heritage Trails marker at 9 a.m. Jan. 21 in General Worth Square, 900 Main St.
The memorial will commemorate King’s Oct. 22, 1959, visit to Fort Worth. The civil rights leader was invited to Fort Worth by the late Vada Felder, a local activist. Felder befriended King at a church meeting in Nashville and invited him to deliver a sermon in Fort Worth later that year.
The memorial plaque will be installed across from the John F. Kennedy Memorial a block north of the Fort Worth Convention Center. The memorial will be the latest addition to the Heritage Trails collection.
An effort is underway to preserve the Phillips home as a civil rights landmark. “We are praying for a financial miracle to be able to preserve, protect and respect this home for generations to come,” said the Rev. Kyev Tatum, pastor of New Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church.
To learn more, contact Rev. Tatum at 817-966-7625.
North Texans gave TEXRail a warm welcome during the commuter rail line’s opening weekend, Jan. 12-13. More than 11,000 riders experienced the new TEXRail train that travels across a 27-mile route from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.
Ridership on Saturday reached 6,489, and Sunday’s ridership was 4,625, yielding a weekend total of 11,114.
Numbers from the weekend show that some of the most popular places to board were the Fort Worth Texas & Pacific Station, Grapevine/Main Street Station and the DFW Airport Terminal B Station. The Downtown ITC/Fort Worth Station and North Richland Hills/Smithfield Station also reflected strong ridership
On Saturday, 220 riders boarded at the Fort Worth T&P Station for one of the trains. At Grapevine, 170 riders boarded a morning train. An afternoon train had 236 riders board at the DFW Airport Terminal B Station. On one of the Sunday trains, 201 passengers boarded at the T&P Station. On the other end of the line, 167 riders boarded the train at the DFW Airport Terminal B Station.
“From the feedback we received, riders were trying TEXRail for a number of reasons,” Trinity Metro President/CEO Paul J. Ballard said. “Some were taking day trips with their families, and others were testing out the route in anticipation of commuting to work during the week. We also saw travelers with luggage going to or from the airport.”
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Announces New Chief of Staff
Chair of American Alliance of Museums Board Joins Leadership Team
Fort Worth, TX - The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is pleased to announce Kippen de Alba Chu, executive director of Iolani Palace in Honolulu and current Chair of the American Alliance of Museums board of directors, will assume a new leadership role as chief of staff to the president. In this capacity, de Alba Chu will oversee all aspects of daily operations.
A nationally recognized museum professional, de Alba Chu brings extensive leadership experience in executive non-profit and public affairs to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. In addition to his role with the AAM board, de Alba Chu is also a member of the Western Museums Association, the Royal Order of Kamehameha and the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu.
"I'm very pleased to have someone of Kippen's caliber join our team at this time," said Van A. Romans, museum president. "We worked together for nearly a decade on the AAM board. He is well regarded and deeply respected by his peers, and I think his dynamic leadership ability will be an asset not only to our Museum but to our community, as well."
De Alba Chu, who speaks five languages, is a graduate of the American University of Paris and studied in Italy at Urbino and the University of Bologna. He served as chief of staff for Hawaii state representative Bertha Kawakami for nearly 15 years before assuming his role as executive director of Iolani Palace, where he led the iconic landmark through its accreditation process and a successful capital campaign to fund its restoration and preservation.
"Not only does Kippen have an outstanding track record as an innovative museum leader, but he also serves as a true champion and advocate for the museum field," said Laura Lott, president and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums. "He brings a great perspective to the position, having served in many different roles throughout his career. Alliance members especially appreciate Kippen's dedication to working collaboratively across our diverse field."
Iolani Palace is the only official royal residence in the United States and has flourished as an essential cultural destination under de Alba Chu's leadership. Visitors and revenue to Iolani Palace have more than doubled, while the site has also expanded its hours of operation. "One of our most significant accomplishments was gaining accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2014," said de Alba Chu. "We joined only four other museums in Hawaii with this distinction."
De Alba Chu and his family will move to Fort Worth soon, and he will assume his new role at the Museum in early February. "Having the chance to work with Van Romans and his team is by far the most exciting aspect of this opportunity," said de Alba Chu. "In the museum field, colleagues describe Van as a visionary and have deep respect for him and his creativity. FWMSH, as it stands today, epitomizes Van's imagination and prescience of how great museums have a long-lasting and positive impact on people, especially children."
"This is an important time for the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History," said Romans. "We are at the leading edge of museum innovation, and the addition of Kippen to our team reinforces that commitment to excellence and our future."
Fort Worth Bike Sharing riders cruise through Sundance Square.
Fort Worth Bike Sharing continues to roll up impressive numbers as it expands its network.
Some 2018 statistics for the program:
Currently there are 46 stations in the system, and 350 bicycles.
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