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June 2018 Newsletter
WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT
 
The evolution of transportation in North Texas is taking us to "infinity and beyond," as Buzz Lightyear would say. And, that is evident in the policy discussions and funding decisions taking place at the local and regional level.

The North Central Texas Council of Government's Regional Transportation Council recently approved Mobility 2045 to prepare for the 11 million people who are expected to be living in the Metroplex by then. The plan incorporates a range of investments in mobility options in addition to highways and roads, including a $33.3 billion investment to induce rail and bus ridership.

Local agencies and cities are working to make transportation more efficient:
  • DART converted its service in Rowlett completely to 'on-demand' in mid-June. The agency is moving to smaller vehicles and on-demand scheduling in areas of low ridership.
  • The City of Arlington's City Council approved a resolution on June 19th to support and encourage testing and deploying of robotic delivery devices within the city.
  • Trinity Metro - Tarrant County recently unveiled the new maintenance facility for TEXRail - the commuter passenger rail service  from downtown Fort Worth to DFW International Airport. Trinity Metro showcased the state-of-the-art train cars to be used for the service at a grand opening of the facility.
It's easy to see that alternative transportation options will create the need for engineers, planners and constructors - who have a broad range of expertise with multiple modes of transportation.

Join WTS as we learn more and stay abreast of cutting-edge transportation technologies and delivery systems.  Get involved with a committee to help us promote, educate, and innovate "this evolution" with the inclusion, and for the advancement of women.

Until then,
 
Adrienne Williams
President, WTS Greater D/FW Chapter
WTS' JULY 12th EVENT - This is Event is now SOLD OUT!


Join us as we tour the BNSF corporate facility and the Network Operations Center (NOC).  The NOC houses the dispatchers and support staff who manage traffic around the clock.  The NOC is a fairly new facility and is on the leading edge of technology.  In addition to the NOC, we will learn about the BNSF corporate art collection.     Learn More
JUNE MIXER RECAP 

WTS kicked off the summer with a membership mixer at Farina's Winery in Grapevine. Those in attendance had the opportunity to meet with WTS board members and learn more about the organization and volunteer opportunities.  This event also served as a wonderful networking opportunity.  

If you are interested in becoming active with WTS and don't know where to start, please contact membership at: membership@wtsgreaterdfw.com or 

 

UPCOMING EVENT
2018 WTS Annual Golf Tournament
 
SAVE THE DATE
October 1, 2018

Cowboys Golf Club

Stay tuned for details!
FOLLOW OUR CHAPTER'S LINKEDIN PAGE

Stay connected with the Greater Dallas / Fort Worth Chapter's LinkedIn page.  Just one more way to be "in the know" with the latest and greatest happenings within WTS and the transportation industry. 
JOB BANK

Archer Western and DART are HIRING!  

Looking for your next opportunity or a new addition to your team? Check our the Greater D/FW Chapter's Job Bank at  www.wtsinternational.org/greaterdallas/job-postings/
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

Interested in getting more involved with our Chapter and network quicker with WTS members and leaders? We are looking for new talent to help in the following areas:
  • Mentoring Program
  • Programs Committee
  • Awards Recognition Committee
  • Social Media Chair - Communications
Send an e-mail to: communications@wtsgreaterdfw.com regarding the on which you wish to serve.
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Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter Officers:
President
Adrienne Williams

Vice President
Darla Payberah, P.E., CFM

Secretary
Caren Chambers, P.E., CFM

Treasurer
Brenda Smith

Immediate Past President
Belinda Pate

Programs Director
Kimberly Sims

Recognitions Director
Brittney Farr, Esq.


Membership Director
Chelsey Smith

Professional Development Director
George Cisneros, P.E.

Communications Director
Ayumi Anderson


Please submit WTS Greater D/FW Chapter News items to:
communications@wtsgreaterdfw.com