Funding for improvements to Arlington’s Entertainment District and a new comprehensive transit study are up for consideration during an upcoming Regional Transportation Council meeting.

The gist

The council will meet at 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at 616 Six Flags Drive in Arlington. The meeting’s consent agenda includes consideration of a funding “swap” with the city of Arlington for making improvements to roads and sidewalks in its entertainment district, according to the agenda.

Staff from the North Central Texas Council of Governments are proposing a $17.5 million funding swap with the city of Arlington. If approved, staff would allocate $17.5 million in federal funds to Arlington for improvements to Randol Mill Road.

In exchange, the council of governments would receive $17.5 million in local funds for improvements to the entertainment district, according to the agenda.

Zooming out

Improvement projects were identified by staff and stakeholders as the area prepares for three major events in the coming years.

Major League Baseball selected Arlington as the host city for its 2024 All-Star Game. The Dallas-Fort Worth region will also participate in the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Both events will take place in the Arlington Entertainment District.

In addition, Fort Worth's Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base will host the Wings Over Cowtown air show in 2024. More than 150,000 visitors are expected to travel Hwy. 183 daily during the event.

Also on the agenda

The council will also consider greenlighting a comprehensive transit study called “Regional Transit 2.0: Planning for Year 2050.”

The study will focus on advancing communication and collaboration between cities and transportation authorities on concerns and transit expansion, according to the agenda. The action could establish a transportation partnership initiative that addresses several priorities related to transit in Dallas-Fort Worth.