We <3 EVs!

Helping save the world has become a pretty big deal these days. From eating organic and composting to biking to work and drinking out of reusable bottles, many people have taken action right in their own homes to help clean up the environment. Do you want to know an easy way to get in on the action? Well, if you are in the market for a new vehicle, you might want to consider buying an electric vehicle (EV). These vehicles run on electricity from a battery powered electric motor rather than traditional gasoline. They produce zero tailpipe emissions, improving the air quality in our North Texas region. EVs are slightly different from regular hybrid vehicles. Hybrids use electric power to aid t

Input Needed: Long-Term Transportation Priorities

The North Central Texas Council of Governments has begun developing Mobility 2045, the next long-range transportation plan for the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Take a brief survey to provide input on transportation priorities for the plan: www.surveymonkey.com/r/m2045. Please share the survey with your friends, neighbors and coworkers. The survey will remain open until Wednesday, Sept. 20. Print copies will be mailed upon request. Mobility 2045 will define a vision for the region’s multimodal transportation system, guide spending of federal and state transportation funds, and address air quality and quality of life issues. Planners are seeking input and hope to receive comments regarding region

Fleet Discounts on Alternative Fuels

North Texas public fleets have an opportunity to get substantial discounts on alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs)! NCTCOG issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for our Fleets for the Future regional cooperative alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) procurement initiative. The RFP focuses on four AFV platforms including: ½ ton pick-up in propane or plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV), compact sedan in PHEV, and sub compact sedan in battery electric, and is scheduled for NCTCOG Executive Board at the end of October with vehicle orders able to be placed soon after. Learn how your fleet can participate and benefit from this unique regional procurement process by visiting www.nctcog.org/f4f.

Breathe Cleaner with Idle Free School Zones

As school gets underway, NCTCOG asks parents and school districts alike to keep their eyes open for long lines of idling vehicles at school campuses. NCTCOG will be looking for school districts and specific campuses to team up with for an Idle Free School Zones project, which will focus on implementing idle reduction strategies in parent pick-up/drop-off zones. Student educational components will also be developed. The goal is to ultimately reduce harmful air pollutants around each campus. Respond to AQfunding@nctcog.org by September 30 to recommend school districts or campuses that would benefit from this unique and educational opportunity.

Transportation Public Meetings

Learn about transportation in the region and help set priorities for the future. The Regional Transportation Council and North Central Texas Council of Governments are seeking public input at 6 pm on Sept. 11 in White Settlement, 2:30 pm on Sept. 13 in Arlington and 6 pm on Monday, Sept. 18 in Lewisville. The meeting will be livestreamed, and a video recording will be available online at www.nctcog.org/input.

Making it Safer to Walk and Bicycle to School

Over the past generation, student travel to school by walking and bicycling has changed dramatically. Approximately 13 percent of students ages 5 to 14 walk or bicycle to school regularly, compared to 48 percent in 1969. Simultaneously, childhood obesity has more than tripled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and recently only one-quarter of US youth met the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a nationwide initiative dedicated to reversing these trends and encouraging more children to walk and bicycle to school. For more information, read Mobility Matters at www.nctcog.org/mobilitymatters.

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