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Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and other North Texas entities earlier this week launched a nonprofit organization to develop transportation opportunities in the Dallas County Inland Port.
The Dallas County Inland Port Transportation Management Association (TMA) is made up of employers, developers, transit agencies and local governments to help connect workers and companies to various transportation solutions in the Inland Port, a 120-square mile area that encompasses five cities and nearly 90,000 residents, DART officials said in a press release.
"This TMA provides a public-private partnership for strengthening the transportation access that is needed for this inland port to realize its tremendous economic potential,” said Inland Port TMA chair Alberta Blair. “This partnership will now give the Board of Directors as well as our executive team the ability to begin to move forward to provide transportation opportunities for the workforce, now and into the future."
The TMA was launched Dec. 18 at the Inland Port Transportation Symposium at the University of North Texas at Dallas. During the symposium, DART and other local agencies shared next steps for the nonprofit organization, including plans to develop a service plan, select providers and execute membership agreements.
"Developing transportation choices is a critical part of improving the quality of life for all North Texas residents," DART President and Executive Director Gary Thomas said. "The tremendous growth and opportunities we see evolving in the Dallas Inland Port will continue to be an important driver of economic development in the community."