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Government Delay expected for considering a revised North Texas long-term transportation plan

Delay expected for considering a revised North Texas long-term transportation plan

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A. Lee Graham

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Citing more time needed to review public comment, the North Central Texas Council of Governments plans to delay asking the Regional Transportation Council to consider updating the area’s long-range transportation plan until Nov. 13.

Known as Mobility 2035, the plan includes the Blacklands corridor feasibility study that was discussed in a Sept. 22 public meeting.

More than 1,200 residents attended the meeting, almost all expressing concerns about a potential toll road. Residents also submitted written comments in advance of the Oct. 2 deadline for input.

The feasibility study examines transportation needs in the area stretching from Garland to Greenville that includes parts of Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and Hunt counties. At the Sept. 22 meeting, planners recommended several strategies to help meet local and regional transportation needs in the area based on study findings and public involvement since July 2013.

Among planners’ recommendations are new and widened arterials, a new freeway-tollway, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and Interstate 30 bottleneck improvements.

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