Shame on those who put their protectionist self-interests ahead of the City's future.
Unfortunately, those very few who control this City are the same ones who always put their self-interestes ahead of the City's future. That saying about Fort Worth being a City that feels like a small town? This is a City that runs like a small town.
I believe it is the former. I think if you build it they will use it. Also it would potentially help ease teaffic during gamedays as many residents and fans would most likely use it to get to the campus.
Went to a TCU/University of Minnesota game a few years back in St. Paul. They have a light rail line that goes right by the stadium. We used it to go over the game area and eat ahead of time. But it was a close game, meaning everyone was still in their seats at the end. The lines for the light rail were a disaster.
Fortunately they have robust bike share and we were able to locate a station and made the short 4-5 mile ride back to our hotel in the dark via bike paths into downtown.
I would not count on public transport for any sort of event like that were you are looking at the possibility 40-50k people leaving at once. But what are we really talking about? 6-7 home games. Maybe 2-3 of them are close enough that the crowd leaves at once. For smaller events like basketball or baseball, it would be great.
The Mayor is clueless. If Fort Worth was like Minneapolis- 60 sq miles surrounded by tiny cities all around, perhaps it would make sense, and then we could talk about regionalism and perhaps construct something like the Met Council.
But we don't have that. We have a massive sprawling city, and the hundreds of square miles of Fort Worth are already more than adequate to support and need public transit.
What we need to do is get serious about stopping the funding of the prison-industrial complex, start funding needed Police items out of the general fund, and sunset the CCPD.
Does anyone know if the parking lots along the ITC are available? Many suggestions are being made about sites whose availability is unknown. There is probably no harm to make these suggestions other than in their current state, they are inconsequential.
That question could be raised about any of the suggested sites, including Panther Island/TRV.
I don't recall all the mechanics of the arrangement, but PI is full speed ahead regardless of funding. Tarrant Regional Water District has massive financial resources (why do you think the west side gang fought so hard to keep control?) and has been paying the bills for PI in anticipation of being repaid when federal funds and/or TIF money is available.
I appreciate this response. I've heard rumblings that the city would similarly dedicate resources to completing the project if federal funding didn't come together.
That's a big stretch. The CCPD 1/2 cent sales tax diverts ~$90 mil a year. The proposed 1 cent property tax diversion for transit is ~$6 mil per year. Panther Island completion still needs on the order of half a billion dollars. I don't see where that comes from.
The Police force is taking in ~$90 million dollars this year from the CCPD- the 1/2 cent of sales tax that is diverted to fund things like police cars and helipads. In contrast, this 1 cent of property taxes we are talking about here is worth about $6 million per year.
"The city funds the T with a half-cent of the city’s sales tax. In 2017, the amount was about $68 million. Austin, which is a little larger in population than Fort Worth, spends $199 million on its public transportation. Dallas spends $538 million."
This is the CITY property tax that we are talking about. Last year, the City decreased the tax rate by 2 cents per $100 valuation. They did this because valuations have increased so much that they have to lower the rate otherwise they bring in too much tax revenue. This year they are looking at a 3 cent per $100 decrease in the rate.
This proposal would reduce this decrease from 3 cents to 2, matching last years decrease, and allocating that extra 1 cent to transit.
The one person for whom Fort Worth can be certain of and who will put P.I. into Mr. Bezos' in-box is Representative Kay Granger.
Based on who the manager of PI is, I think you are right.
It is unfortunate that due to such nepotism this project has been needlessly hamstrung and delayed for so long. Professional management along with public approval for such a massive public spending project would have done wonders for the support and momentum of PI.
I've long thought that the high restrictions proposed for PI were very small time thinking. Perhaps Amazon and the buildings required would be a way to shatter these restrictions.