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The Texas Transit Association (TTA) was organized in 1986. Our members are Texas metropolitan, small urban, and rural transit agencies, as well as private and public entities from across the United States.
Thank you to our 2023 Conference, Expo, and Roadeo Sponsors:
We thank the over 400 attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors participating in last week’s TTA State Conference and Expo. This was a fantastic event that was very well attended from beginning to end. We also want to thank all the Roadeo contestants, judges, and volunteers for making our first Roadeo since 2019 a huge success. This event could not have been possible without the support and assistance of TxDOT and our host agency CCRTA.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone next year in San Antonio at the 2024 State Conference, Expo, and Roadeo.
Save the Date: March 15-20, 2024
$18 billion deal reached: Texans to get biggest property tax cut in state’s history, Posted on 7/11/23
After months of trying to reach a deal, leaders of the Texas Senate and House announced proposed legislation for property tax relief on Monday.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker Dade Phelan released a joint statement detailing the following proposed legislation:
- Over $12 billion will be spent on reducing the school property tax rate for all homeowners and business properties.
- Every homeowner who homesteads their home (about 5.7 million homeowners) will get a $100,000 homestead exemption.
- Non-homesteaded properties, valued at $5 million and under, including residential and commercial properties, will receive a 20% circuit breaker on appraised values as a three-year pilot project.
- The legislation will also include savings on the franchise tax for small businesses and create newly elected positions on local appraisal boards.
Texas Transit Association Launches New Statewide Training Initiative, Posted on 02/15/23
TTA is now expanding access to educational resources by launching a Statewide training initiative covering the many obstacles that transit staff face, including funding, procurement, and regulatory compliance. This training opportunity is made possible with a grant through TxDOT.
To administer this program, TTA will work closely with Easterseals, which has over 34 years of experience developing and implementing training programs and workshops for rural, suburban, and urban transit agencies. This training curriculum will be designed and delivered to be relevant to transit providers at various levels of management, accounting, and procurement professionals, front-line supervisors, dispatchers/ call center staff, and drivers. It will incorporate best practices from both the public and the private sector.
All courses, workshops, and webinars, in-person or virtual, are designed to be interactive and participatory. These courses will be offered to Transit agencies in Texas at no cost, but space is limited, so make sure that you and your staff don’t miss out on this great opportunity.
Creative Bus Sales has hundreds of Federal Transit Administration-compliant Ford E-Transit vans customized by Forest River in inventory and will reach 1,000 by year-end, providing an immediate – and green – solution to this significant problem.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) together awarded $49.2 million in innovative technology grants to improve mobility and multimodal connections for millions of Americans who travel on our nation’s highway and transit systems.
Agencies in the Spotlight
With Austin experiencing record-breaking heat this summer, CapMetro is readjusting its protocols when offering free rides to cooling centers.
VIA Link Launching New On-Demand Zone on South Side, Posted on 8/6/22
VIA Metropolitan Transit is expanding its VIA Link service to include a South Zone opening Monday, August 8, 2022. This is the third VIA Link zone to open since the on-demand transit option was introduced in 2019 with a Northeast Zone and grew in 2021 with a Northwest Zone.
In its continuing efforts to reduce barriers to transportation for all Americans, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a $6 million Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to help improve people’s access to affordable transportation, especially in areas that currently lack efficient and convenient transit options.
Transit Veteran Roberto Treviño Joins METRO Board of Directors, Posted 7/29/22
Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) Executive Director Roberto Treviño has joined METRO’s Board of Directors. Treviño, who will represent Harris County, was sworn in earlier today.
The Texas A&M University Kingsville graduate and professional engineer brings nearly two decades of transportation experience to the METRO Board. As Executive Director of HCTRA Treviño is responsible for capital and other assets totaling $4.7 billion.
DART Light Rail Speed Reductions Due to Extreme Temperatures, Posted 7/19/22
Due to the record high temperatures across North Texas, which is expected to last for the next several days according to the National Weather Service, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will implement speed restrictions on light rail service between 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., through Wednesday, July 20.
Federal Mask Requirement Lifted for Public Transportation, Posted on 4/19/22
As a result of a court order, effective immediately and as of April 18, 2022, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) January 29, 2021 Order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs is no longer in effect. Therefore, CDC will not enforce the Order. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.
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