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FAA Statement About DFW and COVID

This information is preliminary and subject to change.

A set of unique circumstances, including a positive COVID-19 test and convective weather, combined to create air traffic delays in and around Dallas-Fort Worth late this afternoon. Due to a thorough and expedited cleaning, the FAA quickly resumed operations, with the Fort Worth Air Traffic Control Center in Fort Worth, Texas, back online in less than two hours.

Earlier today, an air traffic control employee at Fort Worth Air Traffic Control Center in Fort Worth, Texas, tested positive for COVID-19. The employee had last been in the facility on Christmas Day. If an affected employee has been in the facility seven days or less before testing positive for COVID-19, FAA protocols will call for a Level 3 cleaning of all areas where the employee may have been. A Level 3 cleaning began at 3:45 p.m. this afternoon.

Because the cleaning required controllers to temporarily leave the control room, the FAA declared a ground stop, which held traffic at departing facilities. Other FAA facilities supported the closure and worked traffic around the effected airspace. Cleaning was completed at 5:05 p.m. local time, which is when controllers reoccupied the control room, began working traffic, and the ground stop was lifted.

It’s important to note that current air traffic movement is also being affected by thunderstorms moving through the area. Thunderstorms, wind and heavy rain can cause delays. You can check the real-time traffic information at www.fly.faa.gov.

The FAA takes the safety of its employees and the flying public very seriously. Please note that throughout this event, pilots were always in touch with air traffic control employees, either at Fort Worth Air Traffic Control Center, or other air traffic control facilities.

Fort Worth Air Traffic Control Center employs approximately 380 air traffic controllers, and handles high-level air traffic in multiple states.

The affected airports included Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field. Those air traffic towers were never closed. You can find out more about the impacts at each airport by contacting the airport authority directly.

For more information about COVID-19 impacts at FAA facilities, visit https://www.faa.gov/coronavirus/map/.

DFW is back online. See the affected areas here:

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DART Bringing Service Levels Back in October

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is restoring ninety percent of pre-pandemic service levels beginning October 19.

The proposed modifications were approved by the DART Board of Directors after determining that the service is within the propose FY 2021 budget and Twenty-Year Financial Plan allocations.

The Board action comes after DART implemented temporary service adjustments for the bus and light rail system on April 6 that better reflected current ridership demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Service restoration includes 65 bus routes being restored to pre-pandemic service levels. A total of 7 core frequent bus routes, as well as all light rail train operation service, will move to 20-minute frequency until 7 p.m. on weekdays.

More information on the anticipated service change will be made available on dart.org as plans are formalized.

DART brings GoLink on-demand service to Irving and Garland starting Oct. 19

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) brings GoLink, the personalized, curb-to-curb service that serves riders on demand in zones across North Texas, beginning Mon., Oct. 19, to Southeast Garland and South Irving.

The on-demand service is already available in Farmers Branch, Far North Plano, Glenn Heights, Inland Port, Kleberg and Rylie, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, Legacy West, North Central Plano/Chase Oaks, North Dallas, Park Cities, Rowlett and Western Carrollton.

In the South Irving zone, the service operates out of Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station so that GoLink riders can connect to other DART services. Meanwhile, in the Southeast Garland zone, the service operates out of Lake Ray Hubbard Transit Center. GoLink service will be offered Monday through Friday, except on Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

All GoLink trips require a booking. No walk-ons are allowed. Riders can book and pay for trips either with the GoPassÒ app or by calling 214-515-7272. The free app is available from the App Store and Google Play.

Phone reservations must be made in advance, but only same-day trips are accepted. Phone reservations can be made Monday-Friday, starting at 4:30 a.m.

Riders should purchase their fare using a contactless payment method –credit, debit or GoPassÒ Tap card – either in the GoPass app or over the phone. Cash fares, paper passes and vouchers are not accepted.

To learn more about GoLink, visit DART.org/GoLink or call 214-515-7272.

Rail Arrives for Silver Line in Plano

A new rail for Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) Silver Line project has made its way to Plano.

On Thursday, Sept. 17, a special train from Steel Dynamics, Inc. of Indiana, delivered the 1,600 ft. long rails to a spot between N Avenue and Jupiter Road and off-loaded it adjacent to the existing tracks.

The 26-mile Silver Line Regional Rail Project is under construction between DFW Airport, Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano and includes 10 new stations.

When completed, the $1.2 billion Silver Line will connect with the Trinity Metro TEXRail commuter rail line at DFW North station providing access to Downtown Fort Worth, Grapevine, and various other Tarrant County locales.

The line will also connect with the Denton County Transportation Authority A-train commuter rail line providing access to various Denton County locales and DART’s Green Line providing access to Dallas Love Field and Downtown Dallas via Downtown Carrollton station.

DART anticipates beginning revenue service in early 2023.

New Uber-like service drives into Dallas with safe rides for kids

By Holly Beretto

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Photo courtesy of HopSkipDrive

School drop-off, pickup, and all of the activities in between can be a challenge for busy families to navigate.

Enter HopSkipDrive. Part Uber, part carpool, the service launched in Dallas on September 30, billing itself as a safe and innovative transportation solution for both families and schools. It’s already working with more than 170 schools and districts nationwide in cities in Arizona; California; Colorado; Virginia; and Washington, D.C., and made its Texas debut in Houston last month.

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North Central Texas Council of Governments seeks input about transportation issues

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Input from residents, local governments and private sector impacts decisions about transportation and air quality policies, programs and plans for North Texas. After all, these decisions determine how North Texans live and travel in the 12-county Dallas-Fort Worth region.

Input received is provided to the Regional Transportation Council. Comments or questions may be submitted on the specific items listed or other transportation and air quality topics.

Contact Us or Submit Comments and Questions
Email: transinfo@nctcog.org
Phone: (817) 608-2365
Fax: (817) 640-3028
Mail: P.O. Box 5888, Arlington, Texas 76005

December Public Input: December 10 – January 8

For more information, click HERE.

Northbound SH 121 frontage road at Bass Pro Drive to fully close this weekend in Grapevine

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At 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 the northbound SH 121 frontage road at Bass Pro Drive will shut down for utility work as crews continue construction on the I-635/SH 121 interchange expansion. The road will remain closed until 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8.

The $370 million Texas Department of Transportation project includes rebuilding and widening SH 121 north of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to accommodate new interchanges for SH 121 at I-635 and FM 2499.

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This map shows the detour suggested for the closure of northbound SH 121 frontage road at Bass Pro Drive. (Courtesy DFW Connector)

Denton County Transportation Authority proposes 121 commuter bus service to link Lewisville and McKinney

 

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DCTA proposed a 121 commuter service, called Route 70, which will connect Old Town, Lewisville and downtown McKinney. Courtesy DCTA

Denton County Transportation Authority is working with area cities in Denton and Collin counties on a potential bus transportation service that would run from downtown McKinney to Lewisville’s Old Town with several stops in between.

The DCTA on Sept. 12 presented a proposal to the McKinney Urban Transit District for the commuter service along the SH 121 corridor called Route 70.

According to the proposal, the service would allow for job access by bringing workers into McKinney, as well as giving McKinney residents access to employment opportunities in Denton County.

Read more from Community Impact…