Community Corner

Community Corner

Community Corner
Transportation Is A Family Value

by Denton County Judge Andy Eads

Every day, millions of North Texans use our roads, trains and planes or ride their bicycles to go about their daily lives. Many head to work, others shop, go to the doctor or take their children to school.

Still others traverse our roads on the way to vacations or transport goods to other regions. Transportation affects each of us in one way or another.

Transportation is also one of the most critical components to a healthy economy. People need to get to and from work and home. Companies depend on a vast transportation network – one of the many reasons we continue to attract Fortune 500 companies. That is important to continue offering high paying jobs for our residents.

At the same time, more than 7.5 million people call the Dallas-Fort Worth region home. By 2045, estimates show our population could reach 11.2 million or more.

Factor in our dependence on easy access across the 9,279-square-mile area and a strong desire to maintain our quality of life and you can understand why it is necessary to plan years in advance.

Last year, the Regional Transportation Council adopted Mobility 2045: The Metropolitan Transportation Plan for North Central Texas. This vision will guide what we do in the 12-county Metropolitan Planning Area now through the next 25 years.

In this plan, we factored in the elements mentioned above and expanded on one key element – diversity of transportation. As growth continues, we believe more people will rely on other modes of transportation we already are putting into place – from our commuter trains and interconnecting rails and trails to adding more bicycle lanes and HOV lanes.

What this all boils down to is this – transportation is a family value.

Being able to get home in time for your daughter’s volleyball game or your son’s scout meeting is part of our quality of life.

I am honored to spend these next 11 months as the chair of the Regional Transportation Council where officials from 44 local government across our region will continue to make progress on these tough transportation issues. Regional planning is important. Some projects we work on will be completed in our lifetimes, and still other projects we plan will be constructed by future generations.

We all believe good, efficient transportation is vital to our way of life in North Texas – now and in the future.

As we plan for the future, it is important to us that we hear from you. Your voice matters. Log onto to www.nctcog.org/trans to learn more about our efforts in improving air quality, and congestion management here in North Texas. You can also check out our maps and models and projected timelines on future improvements across the region.  We want your feedback so be sure to check out the public involvement plan.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me hear from you. andy.eads@dentoncounty.com  | 940.349.2820.


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