The North Central Texas Council of Governments will host a public meeting in October to provide an overview of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Mobility 2045, and present details on this year’s freight safety campaign, local government energy reporting requirements and other transportation issues.

The meeting begins at noon Monday at NCTCOG’s Arlington offices, 616 Six Flags Drive. This marks NCTCOG’s first in-person meeting since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Residents may attend the meeting or watch it online. Those attending in person are encouraged to wear masks and maintain six feet from one another.

One of the primary responsibilities of a Metropolitan Planning Organization is the development and maintenance of a Metropolitan Transportation Plan. The MTP identifies transportation needs, investments and priorities for the regional transportation system including highways, bridges, public transit, freight, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. NCTCOG staff is developing an update to the current MTP, Mobility 2045, and will provide an overview and timeline for the plan.

Additionally, staff will provide details on this year’s freight safety campaign, which is educating heavy-duty vehicle operators about following regional truck lane restrictions and informing the public about safe driving practices near large commercial vehicles and the importance of reducing freight-related accidents.

Staff will also present an overview of the local government energy reporting requirements, NCTCOG resources and training, and important reminders regarding the upcoming 2021 Local Government Energy Reports. Political subdivisions in ozone nonattainment or “affected” counties in Texas are required to reduce their electric consumption by 5% each year and report their annual electricity consumption to the State Energy Conservation Office.

The department’s interactive map tool, Map Your Experience, the Regional Smoking Vehicle Program (RSVP), vehicle incentive opportunities and administrative revisions for Mobility 2045 will also be highlighted.

To watch the meeting online, click the “live” tab at www.nctcog.org/video. A recording of the presentations will also be posted at www.nctcog.org/input, where residents can comment through Nov. 9.

For special accommodations due to a disability, language translation needs or to request printed copies of information discussed, contact Carli Baylor at 817-608-2365 or cbaylor@nctcog.org at least 72 hours before the meeting. A free roundtrip ride between NCTCOG and the Trinity Railway Express CentrePort/DFW Airport Station can also be arranged with 72 hours’ notice.

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