Archive for the ‘Transportation’ Category

The T’s New Park & Ride
October 31, 2013

Park & Ride NorthMany projects are in different stages of construction in the bustling and rapidly expanding area north of Loop 820 in Fort Worth.  One such project is a new Park & Ride location on I-35W, south of Golden Triangle. Slated to be a 200 car lot, this will provide a great option for those who want to go green and save on gas costs.  The T has chosen a great location for its newest Park & Ride lot and it is a much needed development.   This project will be a valuable option for those who want to cut out the drive into downtown Fort Worth.  Fewer cars on the road also means less traffic and less pollution, a win for the citizens of North Texas.  This will provide another great linkage between the north part of the city and the city’s urban core.  With the new plaza opening soon in Downtown Fort Worth, it should be a great asset for people looking for alternative modes of transportation.  Welcome to the area!

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BlueLeaf Marketing Hits the Road in North Tarrant
May 3, 2013

blr vwThe new BlueLeaf VW Beetle is on the road and turning heads in North Tarrant County.  Watch for the BlueLeaf VW cruising through your neighborhood, showing properties and visiting listings.

Thanks to Scott and his great team of designers and installers at wraps1.com for helping us create the perfect design.  We really appreciate the effort you made to get it right.   See you on the road everyone!

Trinity Uptown
April 10, 2012

Trinity Uptown is a large-scale mixed-use development that will change the flavor of the area immediately north of downtown Ft. Worth.  The project is massive and will encourage both commercial and residential real estate investment.  The heart and soul of the project is a 33 acre lake and boardwalk coupled with 12 miles of canals and public walkways that will accommodate pedestrians who want to stroll along the river, take a gondola ride, get something to eat, do some shopping or enjoy a little entertainment.  Trinity Uptown will be a place where people can live, work, and play and easilty commute to downtown Fort Worth or attend college classes at TCC.  It will extend and connect downtown  Fort Worth to the Stockyards in a new and exciting way.  Then, Ft. Worth will need a creative way to connect Near Southside with downtown and with Trinity Uptown and 7th Street, and Fort Worth will attract more people and more businesses than ever before.  Already the 16th largest city in America, Fort Worth has no place to go but up!

I Remember When Downtown Fort Worth…
July 31, 2011

I remember growing up in west Ft. Worth and visiting downtown after dark.  It was a ghost town then.  Now, it’s a vibrant area with many wonderful things to do, including live performances every night.  However, there is competition on the horizon for downtown.  South Fort Worth, the SO7 District, and North Fort Worth are all competing for a slice of the pie, and they appear to be doing well.    Will they ultimately hurt downtown Ft. Worth or help it?   It’s difficult to know for sure but it will be interesting to see what impact they do have.  What impact, if any, will the Trinity River Project have on downtown living?  Only time will tell.  I think both urban and suburban growth are important for the long-term prosperity of Fort Worth, and linking downtown Ft. Worth to its suburbs via commuter light rail is critical, in my opinion, in order for the downtown corridor to remain as vibrant in the future as it is today.  It would also help alleviate the traffic problems along the I-35W corridor!  Whatever happens, Fort Worth will surely look very different in two decades than it does today, and Blue Leaf Realty is excited about being a part of that growth.

I like toll roads and I’m not afraid to admit it
October 31, 2010

Never in my life have I been so inspired by such a mundane topic as toll roads.  But what I’m really excited about is that toll roads provide a solution to a very nasty traffic problem in the Metroplex, and toll roads are finally being embraced as such.  Currently, there are approximately 6.6 million people living in the DFW Metroplex, making DFW the 4th largest metropolitan area in the US.   With this many people, it’s easy to see why getting anywhere has become increasingly difficult.  To complicate matters even more, the number of people living in the Metroplex will swell to 10 million plus by 2035.  That’s why I’m going on record as being ready and willing to pay for the privilege of getting where I want to go faster.  If paying a toll allows me to avoid the traffic problems in DFW that I’ve come to know and hate, I’m on board 100%.  And let’s not kid ourselves, traffic problems in DFW are getting worse, not better, by the minute.  Toll roads are the only viable answer, and they provide a lasting solution to the traffic congestion we face in North Texas.  It’s obvious that toll roads are here to stay regardless of how you feel about them.  Furthermore, toll roads enable public and private groups to partner together to fund, construct, and manage tollways.  There are very few other alternatives that work.  Raising taxes is unpopular and tax revenue is often diverted away from transportation to other more popular causes.  Also, alternatives such as rail systems, public transportation, and carpooling are great ideas, but we must also face the fact that Americans, especially Texans, want to drive their own cars, trucks, and SUVs and nothing, it seems,  is going to change that.   Although alternatives such as rail and HOV lanes might be part of the overall solution, they alone will not solve the traffic problems we face now and in the future.  That leaves us will toll roads.  Fortunately, modern technology has made toll roads more efficient than ever, and most  people in the Metroplex, I believe, will pay for the privilege of getting from point A to point B faster.  We’ve seen this with the success of toll roads like the North Dallas Tollway and the newer George Bush Tollway.  More toll roads are good for the citizens of DFW and they are good for business – that’s why I like toll roads and I’m not afraid to admit it.

Q: What’s your take on toll roads?