Scott Griggs, Dallas City Council Member, doesn’t think the Trinity Tollway in Dallas will fix the congestion problems in the city. With seven major highways already in the downtown area, it’s clear that more roads won’t fix the problem.
As quoted in the Dallas Morning News,
We are so addicted to the automobile. Adding lane capacity is like an obese person buying a bigger belt and saying he doesn’t have a weight problem.
Dallas Evening Rush Hour Traffic (Photo: Justin Cozart)
Though he’s in the minority on this issue, Griggs understands that the solution to congestion is to get some of the traffic onto other modes. Moving people by transit and goods by freight rail costs far less, has a lower environmental impact, and would create more long term jobs than a new tollway.
If you’re in the Dallas area and would like to attend the Public Hearing for the Trinity Tollway, it’s on May 8th in the arena of the Dallas Convention Center, located at 650 S. Griffin Street in Dallas, Texas, 75202. An open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. A formal presentation will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a public comment period.
-Kari Banta, Transportation Associate.
How would you like to travel from Fort Worth to Oklahoma City in just over four hours–all while getting some work done or putting your feet up for an early start to your vacation? Then hop aboard the Heartland Flyer!
You’ll be in very good company: this route has had the largest ridership increases in the entire central U.S.! Whether it’s avoiding the hassle of airports or the highway, rail’s popularity is increasing. Taking the train reduces roadway congestion and has a lower impact on air quality than driving or flying.
Straight from AMTRAK’s press release:
Leading the ridership increase in the Midwest during the first half of FY 2012 vs. the same period in FY 2011 is the Chicago-St. Louis corridor served by Lincoln Service trains and the Texas Eagle, with a combined ridership gain of 10 percent. The highest percentage hike in the Central U.S. is a 10.6 percent increase in ridership on the Heartland Flyer (Oklahoma City – Fort Worth.) Both routes are the subject of new technology deployments, with demonstrations of 110 mph Lincoln Service trains planned for this fall and a new train control system installed on the Heartland Flyer.
Here’s the Heartland Flyer pulling the 40th anniversary AMTRAK car last year:
Kari Banta, Transportation Associate