CITY APPOINTS MEMBERS TO MODERN STREETCAR TASK FORCE

December 11, 2009 · Filed Under Events and News 

A new 20-member task force will guide the planning and design effort for Fort Worth’s future modern streetcar system.

The Regional Transportation Council has allocated $1.6 million in federal funds, and the City of Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) have allocated $200,000 each for planning and design of a streetcar system to complement the regional rail system.

Modern Streetcar Task Force appointees are:

  • Nina Petty, Task Force Chair, Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council
  • Bob Parmelee, Fort Worth Transportation Authority
  • Roy Brooks, Tarrant County Commissioners Court
  • Joy Webster, XTO Energy, representing the TIF Board
  • Scott Rule, Tarrant County Hospital District, representing the TIF Board
  • Fran McCarthy, Central City Redevelopment Committee
  • Phillip Poole, Associated Businesses of the Cultural District
  • Andy Taft, Downtown Fort Worth Inc.
  • Johnny Campbell, Sundance Square
  • Paul Paine, Fort Worth South Inc.
  • Andre McEwing, Southeast Fort Worth Inc.
  • J.D. Granger, Trinity River Vision Authority
  • David DuBois, Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Adam Adolfo, Artes de la Rosa
  • Janet Saltsgiver, neighborhood representative
  • Rod Erakovich, Texas Wesleyan University
  • Pam Minick, Historic Stockyards
  • Jamie Terrell, local transit user
  • Michael Morris, North Central Texas Council of Governments
  • Carlos De La Torre, Oncor

The Task Force will guide the planning and design effort, recommend an initial streetcar route and submit a finance plan to City Council, The T board of directors, Tarrant County Commissioners Court and other stakeholders.

Background

In 2008, the Fort Worth City Council appointed a Modern Streetcar Study Committee to investigate the feasibility of a modern streetcar system. The committee’s fact-finding trip to Oregon and Washington determined that a streetcar system is desirable for Fort Worth.

The system would connect Downtown and Trinity Railway Express to adjacent mixed-use districts.

Preliminary cost estimate is $20 million per track mile and includes design, construction, utilities, vehicles and a maintenance facility. The total cost of the initial project, if built as recommended by the study committee, is estimated at $250 million. The initial route would rely primarily on multiple sources of local funding, including existing tax-increment financing districts and new or existing public improvement districts.

Fort Worth has joined with the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the City of Dallas in a regional grant application that could provide limited federal funding for Fort Worth’s streetcar system.

Source: City of Fort Worth

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