Dallas - Fort Worth
NCTCOG and Dallas-Fort Worth Region
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is a voluntary association of cities, counties, school districts, and special districts. Currently, NCTCOG has over 230 members, including 16 counties, 169 cities, 22 independent school districts, and 31 special districts. Its primary purposes are to perform long-range, comprehensive plans for matters that transcend jurisdictional boundaries; promote the sound development of the 16 county region; and facilitate cooperation and coordination among its member governments.
Since 1974, NCTCOG and the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) have served as the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with responsibility for transportation planning. As an MPO in an ozone non-attainment area, these responsibilities include planning in a way that improves air quality.
Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition
The Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition (DFWCC) is an NCTCOG and RTC program. DFWCC is a public-private partnership established in 1995, whose mission is to advance energy security, protect environmental and public health, and stimulate economic development by promoting practices and decisions to reduce petroleum consumption and improve air quality (primarily in the transportation sector). As of 2015, there are 169 stakeholders in DFWCC. Alternative fuel vehicles play a large role in reducing petroleum consumption in the region, as shown in the chart below.
Why is NCTCOG Participating in Fleets for the Future?
One of the main goals of Fleets for the Future is to make it easier for fleets to obtain alternative fuel vehicles which offer air quality benefits and meet increasingly stringent emissions standards. This goal ties in closely with needs and obstacles that local fleets have identified. Successful deployment of a regional cooperative procurement of alternative fuel vehicles will support DFWCC goals and help bring the North Central Texas region into attainment for the pollutant ozone. Biodiesel, propane, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, ethanol blends, electric, and hybrid electric vehicles are used by fleets in the region. Natural gas is the most widely used alternative fuel in North Texas and there is a trend toward adoption of propane vehicles in the medium-duty vehicle sector and EVs in the light-duty vehicle sector.
North Texas Regional Cooperative Procurement Intitiative
Through the North Central Texas Regional F4F Cooperative Procurement, NCTCOG is working with all public fleets in the region to identify opportunities to procure alternative fuel vehicles at volume discounts that they are unable to achieve on their own. Our region will focus on alternative fuels including propane, natural gas, and electric. Once vehicle types are chosen based upon local fleet demand, NCTCOG will release a request for proposals (RFP) to local dealers and vendors in Summer 2017. Following the finalization of vendor agreements, fleets will be able to submit their own individual purchase orders within specified time frames. For a more complete visual of the North Central Texas procurement process, please see the graphic below.
Following our Kickoff informational F4F Bootcamp event in May, NCTCOG is currently seeking fleet interest through the submittal of a vehicle soft commitment form and vehicle specification feedback. The vehicle soft commitment will help in determining the selected vehicles pursued in the RFP.
- NCTCOG Fleets for the Future Regional Initiative Webpage: www.nctcog.org/f4f
- Vehicle Soft Commitment Form – Return to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vehicle Specifications- Please provide input on relevant vehicle types found linked under “2. Provide input on Vehicle Specifications” section. All feedback can be emailed to email@example.com
- May 24 North Central Texas F4F Bootcamp Presentation
- F4F Letter Mail out to All Regional Public Fleets signed by NCTCOG Director of Transportation
Regional Contact Information