Public comment sought for proposed transit strategies

Residents are invited to suggest ways for improving public transit in a series of public meetings sponsored by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, or The T.

The proposed strategies will be outlined at the meetings, with public comment also gathered from online feedback, a Twitter town hall session, and on a special bus.

“After several months of study and discussions with area stakeholders and the public, we have a set of proposed strategies to include in The T Master Plan that would significantly improve transit,” said Paul Ballard, president and chief executive officer of The T, commenting in a news release.

“We’ve expanded the opportunities for people to give us feedback on the strategies in order to hear from as many people as possible,” Ballard said.

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Those opportunities include:

* Public Meetings

Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (noon presentation) and 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. presentation)

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Intermodal Transportation Center

1001 Jones Street

Fort Worth, Texas 76102

The displays and presentation at each forum will be identical.

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The meetings are open to anyone. All facilities are wheelchair accessible. Information on obtaining hearing, sight or language interpretive services is available by contacting The T at 817-215-8621, 48 hours before the meetings.

* Online

The strategies and the opportunity to comment will be available on The T Master Plan website at

* Twitter Town Hall

A Twitter Town Hall session will be conducted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at #TMasterPlan.

* T Master Plan Bus

A special bus that houses displays and laptops will be visiting events and key locations around Tarrant County from late September until mid-October.  People are welcome to stop by the bus at any time during an event to obtain information about T Master Plan and make comments.  The following is the current schedule for the bus. If interested in having the bus come to your city, work place, or event, please complete a request online. Other locations will continue to be added and updated on the project website, or the bus can be tracked on twitter using #TMasterPlan.

* Ecofest – Arlington

Saturday Sept. 19, 2015

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

100 W. Abram St., Arlington 76010

* Walmart Renaissance Square

Friday Sept. 25, 2015

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

2900 Renaissance Square, Fort Worth 76105

* Walmart Supercenter

Friday Sept. 25, 2015

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

3851 Airport Freeway, Fort Worth 76111

* Montgomery Plaza

Saturday Sept. 26, 2015

2:00 – 4 p.m.

2600 W. Seventh St. Fort Worth 76107

* Tarrant County College Northwest Campus

Tuesday Sept. 29, 2015

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

4801 Marine Creek Parkway, Fort Worth 76179

* Fort Worth Library

Summerglen Branch

Tuesday Sept. 29, 2015

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

4205 Basswood Blvd., Fort Worth 76137

* Harambee Festival

Saturday Oct. 3, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Evans Avenue Plaza (Evans and Rosedale Streets), Fort Worth

* Burleson Founders Day

Saturday Oct. 10, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

124 W. Ellison St., Burleson

Ballard said the input received on the proposed strategies will be used to refine and finalize the strategies taken to The T’s Board of Directors for approval.

The T’s Transit Master Plan has included a review of current service and existing conditions.  The intent of the Plan is to identify opportunities to expand transit service to meet the growing needs of the region, and determine what resources could be allocated to pursue those opportunities.