Michael Morris

Guest Speaker and 
President's Message

JUNE Guest Speaker was

Transportation Department of the North Central Texas Council of Governments

Michael Morris, P.E., Director of Transportation

Michael Morris from the Transportation Department of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, presented the plans for Lancaster Ave.

Lancaster Avenue is Ready to Redevelop!

Watch this presentation by NCTOG to see what the big plans are for Lancaster Ave. Public meetings will be held soon to help develop block by block how the street should look and function. The time is NOW.

Presentation slide show

Scroll down past Mike's President Message to read the related story, EFWBA former board member, and Fort Worth Mayor Pro Tem Gyna Bivens was elected vice-chair of the Regional Transportation Council.

Mike Shedd

President's Message

EFWBA Friends and Members,

July will soon be upon us, and as usual, we will not have a membership meeting in July. Your board, however, will be meeting and working behind the scenes. We’re in the midst of planning for our annual banquet, which we have confirmed will be held on November 10th in the ballroom at Texas Wesleyan University once again. We’re excited to continue this tradition on the campus of what is easily considered a gem of East Fort Worth. Our theme this year has yet to be decided, but we have agreed to focus on our core concepts of Community Service, Leadership, Economic Growth and Development, Education, and Transportation. Rest assured, we are working hard to keep East Fort Worth in the hearts and minds of our elected officials, and community so they never forget what we have to offer. As for our keynote speaker, we have a few ideas in mind. Your Board of Directors is working feverishly to find someone entertaining, and thoughtful to fill this role. If you have any suggestions, we are always open to new ideas.

In other news, we recently made a donation to the Poly-Meadowbrook United Methodist Church for their audio visual needs in the fellowship hall. Since this room is used by several other community organizations, we thought this was a worthwhile cause and in keeping with our goals of encouraging community service and involvement. We trust the church will soon have upgraded equipment for future meetings and presentations.

In other news, one of our members and former Directors, Fort Worth Mayor Pro Tem Gyna Bivens was elected vice-chair of the Regional Transportation Council and will help lead the 44-member transportation policymaking body for the next year. As if she didn’t already have enough to do, she’s taking on another endeavor! Congratulations to Gyna, and we wish her much success in that new role. See the story below.

I hope you all have a great July, and we’ll see you back here on August 4. I for one will be going to a wedding in Buffalo for my nephew, and then visiting family in Vermont before finishing things off with a few days in Montreal. Enjoy.

BANQUET Reminder: Mark your calendars, because November 10th will be here in a blink.

Our August meeting is at the Meadowbrook-Poly United Methodist Church, located at 3900 Meadowbrook Drive.

Mike Shedd, President, 2022

Gyna award

Gyna Bivens
Elected Vice-chair

City of Fort Worth – News

EFWBA former board member, and Fort Worth Mayor Pro Tem Gyna Bivens was elected vice-chair of the Regional Transportation Council

Bivens, who represents Council District 5 in Fort Worth, has served on the Regional Transportation Council since August 2021. This new position will help her lead the 44-member transportation policymaking body for the next year.

Collin County Commissioner Duncan Webb was elected chair. Webb takes over for Commissioner Theresa Daniel of Dallas County, who has chaired the RTC through its transition from virtual meetings to in-person gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Webb will steer the RTC through the 88th Texas Legislature, which begins in January.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins will be the next secretary. The new officers will serve in their positions through June 2023.

The Regional Transportation Council includes local elected or appointed officials from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and representatives from the area's transportation providers. As the transportation policymaking body for the 12-county Dallas-Fort Worth area, the RTC oversees transportation planning for the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the country, which has a population of approximately 8 million.

The RTC guides the development of roadway, rail and bicycle-pedestrian plans and programs; allocates transportation funds; and recommends projects to the Texas Transportation Commission for other programs. The policymaking body also ensures transportation services are coordinated throughout the region and the metropolitan area complies with federal air quality standards.

One of the RTC’s core functions is the development of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, a blueprint for the transportation system over a period of 20-25 years. An update to the current plan, Mobility 2045, was approved by the RTC last week. Mobility 2045: 2022 Update must now receive a transportation conformity determination by the U.S. Department of Transportation certifying that it complies with federal air quality regulations.

The region's long- and short-range transportation plans must comply with federal air quality regulations as 10 Dallas-Fort Worth area counties – Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise – are in nonattainment for ozone pollution.

The RTC has historically taken an innovative approach to meeting the region’s transportation and air quality challenges, allowing the policymakers to enhance the quality of life throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


eastside Ministries

Free Concerts!

You are invited to the
Forth of July Concert
Pop/Patriotic Concert by the
East Fort Worth Community Jazz Band

Saturday, July 2th @ 6:00pm

at Meadowbrook United Methodist Church. The weather will be warm, the Music is HOT, so pack a chair and sunbrella, and dont forget your dancing shoes! Concession stand will be open with snacks and cold drinks!