Mobility issues affect the quality of life of our residents, our visitors, our businesses and their employees, all of whom are spending increasingly more time in traffic.

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Bill Meadows – Chairman, Texas High-Speed Rail Commission, addresses the media


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Interstate 35W interchange

Transportation Acronyms and Terms


CDA – Comprehensive Development Agreement, a tool established in HB 3588 to facilitate public-private partnerships and bring private capital (equity) into funding transportation improvements.


CMAQ – Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality, a transportation funding category established in ISTEA and continued in TEA-21…category 5 in the UTP…it provides federal funding to MPOs in nonattainment areas via DOTs for projects that improve air quality.


DCTA – Denton County Transportation Authority, a coordinated transportation authority in Denton County.


DRMC – Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition, an organization of cities, counties and public transportation agencies in a five-county region on the eastern side of the DFW Metroplex that advocates for transportation policy, funding and solutions on a local, state and federal level.


EPA – Environmental Protection Agency, the federal agency that addresses environmental issues.


DOT – Department of Transportation, the federal agency that addresses transportation issues.


FHWA – Federal Highway Administration, a division of DOT.


4A, 4B – Development Corporation Act sections that permit cities to levy with voter consent a sales tax for economic development and other specific uses.


MPO – Metropolitan Planning Organization, federally mandated to develop transportation plans and programs for urbanized areas.


MTP – Metropolitan Transportation Plan, the region's long range transportation plan (updated every 3 years, 25-year planning horizon).


NCTCOG – North Central Texas Council of Governments, a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to plan for common needs, cooperate for mutual benefit and coordinate for sound regional development.


NTC – North Texas Commission, a non-profit consortium of businesses, local governments and higher education institutions that develops strategies, forums and partnerships to address critical problems and key opportunities facing the region.


NTTA – North Texas Tollway Authority, a political subdivision of the State of Texas under Chapter 366 of the Transportation Code, is empowered to acquire, construct, maintain, repair and operate turnpike projects; to raise capital for construction projects through the issuance of Turnpike Revenue Bonds; and to collect tolls to operate, maintain and pay debt service on those projects.


North Tarrant Express (NTE) – a $2.5 billion, 13.5 mile project dedicated to improving mobility along the IH820 and SH121-183/Airport Freeway corridor in Northeast Tarrant County.


RTC – Regional Transportation Council, the MPO for the DFW region, a 39-member policy-making body of local elected and appointed officials who oversee regional transportation planning.


SMP – Statewide Mobility Plan, the capacity component of the UTP.


SPP – Statewide Preservation Plan, the maintenance component of the UTP.


STIP – Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, a three-year financial plan prepared by TxDOT for project development and implementation.


TERP – Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, an incentive program to reduce diesel emissions adopted by the 77th Texas Legislature and funded by the 78th Texas Legislature.


TIP – Transportation Improvement Program, a three-year financial plan prepared by the MPO for project development and implementation.


TMF – Texas Mobility Fund – a new state fund from which debt service is paid on bonds issued for transportation improvements.


Transportation Advocates of Texas, Inc. – A statewide transportation coalition with a mission to eliminate congestion and build needed new infrastructure to increase mobility, create jobs and improve quality of life.


TRE – Trinity Railway Express, the commuter rail service between Fort Worth and Dallas.


TRTC – a broad-based, non-profit group committed to finding solutions to the mobility challenges facing the western half of the DFW Metroplex.


TTC – Texas Transportation Commission, a five member board appointed by the Governor to oversee TxDOT.


TCEQ – Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the state agency that addresses environmental issues.


TxDOT – Texas Department of Transportation, the governmental transportation agency in Texas Headquartered in Austin and made up of 21 divisions and 6 offices; four regional support centers provide operational and project delivery support for the agency's 25 geographical districts.


The T – Fort Worth Transportation Authority, bus service provider in and around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.


Tower 55 – intersection of Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks near downtown Fort Worth.


UTP – Unified Transportation Program, a 10-year financial plan that authorizes project planning and development and is submitted annually to the TTC for approval.

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