Dallas - Fort Worth
North Central Texas Region
North Central Texas is a major economic, social, and political center of both Texas and the United States and is centered on the urban cores of Dallas and Fort Worth. The current population in the region is estimated to be 7.1 million residents and continues to add more than 1 million residents per decade. By the year 2040, the region is expected to grow to an estimated 10.7 million residents. The region represents 30 percent of the state’s gross domestic product and is the 12th largest metropolitan economy in the world. The region supports a diverse economy and is home to 21 Fortune 500 companies. The employment growth of the region is 3 percent a year with approximately 600,000 new employees since 2010.
Within the North Central Texas region, 10 of the 16 counties violate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s national ambient air quality standard for the pollutant ozone. To reduce the amount of ozone at ground-level, the precursors of ozone, nitrogen oxides (NOX), and volatile organic compounds, must be reduced. As on-road vehicle emissions are the primary source of NOX in the region, initiatives focused on on-road vehicles are important to bring the region into attainment for ground-level ozone.
North Central Texas Council of Governments
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is a voluntary association of cities, counties, school districts, and special districts which was established in January 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound regional development. 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.
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