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Cowtown’s transportation climate index ranking
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The Trinity Railway Express has five stations in Tarrant County. | Photo by @lantoniomtz
Streetlight released its 2024 US Transportation Climate Impact Index, which ranks the top 100 most populated metros across eight key climate impact factors. We’re breaking down the numbers + diving into Fort Worth’s ranking.

Behind the methodology

Each of the eight climate factors — vehicle miles traveled (VMT), fuel economy, transit ridership, EV penetration (number of electric vehicles per 100 people), biking activity, pedestrian activity, truck miles traveled, and VMT change — were assigned a weight “based on their relative climate impact.” Utilizing the ranking results for each factor, cities were then given an overall ranking.

Learn more about how each climate factor was measured.

Key themes

  • Vehicle miles traveled — the largest contributor to a city’s emission levels — bounced back since taking a dip in 2020.
  • Biking sustained popularity, but pedestrian activity “dropped significantly.”
  • The number of electric vehicles per 100 people is still relatively low. Read: We’re still not seeing a large saturation of EVs; most cities saw fewer than one EV per 100 people.
In addition to discovering key themes, the data can aid in identifying where improvements are needed and where current efforts are making an impact in each city.

A photo of the downtown Fort Worth skyline taken from the Near Southside.

The Dallas-Fort Worth metro area ranked in the top 50 for EV penetration; this climate factor included any vehicle with an electric or hydrogen engine and hybrids were assigned half a point.

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Photo by FTWtoday

How we ranked

The Dallas-Fort Worth metro ranked No. 79, with varying rankings across the eight key factors:
  • VMT: No. 93
  • Fuel economy: No. 46
  • Transit ridership: No. 49
  • EV penetration: No. 31
  • Biking activity: No. 82
  • Pedestrian activity: No. 67
  • Truck miles traveled: No. 62
  • VMT change: No. 76
No city is perfect. Fort Worth could receive a higher ranking on the transportation climate index with a few extra efforts. For example, the continued construction of bike lanes could see more biking activity. The improvement of transit services and transportation hubs could also improve the metro area’s ranking across several key climate factors.
 
Asked
 
Which of the eight key climate factors is the largest contributor to a city’s emission levels?

A. Vehicle miles traveled
B. Fuel economy
C. Transit ridership
D. Other
 
 
Events
 
Thursday, March 28
  • Music Bingo | Thursday, March 28 | 7 p.m. | Cowtown Brewing Co., 1301 E. Belknap St., Fort Worth | Free | Listen to hits from each decade to fill up your bingo card while enjoying a special on beer + wings.
  • Disney On Ice | Thursday, March 28-Sunday, March 31 | Dickies Arena, 1911 Montgomery St., Fort Worth | $27-$292 | Witness “Magic in the Stars” with scenes and songs from Disney’s “Wish.”
Friday, March 29
  • Ribbon Cutting: Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth | Friday, March 29 | 4-5 p.m. | Ronald McDonald House, 1001 8th Ave., Fort Worth | Celebrate the opening the nonprofit’s $8 million expansion with the Fort Worth Chamber.
  • Experience Glass Blowing | Friday, March 29 | 5 p.m. + 7 p.m. | SiNaCa Studios, 1013 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth | $125 | Learn how to make a piece of blown glass art in this two-hour workshop.
Saturday, March 30
  • fearLESS Career Day | Saturday, March 30 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Tarrant County College - South Campus, 5301 Campus Dr., Fort Worth | Donation-based | Girls in third through 12th grades are invited to connect with professionals from various industries, interact with other young girls in Tarrant County, and gain valuable insights into different career paths.
  • Shipwreck Saloon Cocktail Experience | Saturday, March 30 | 4 p.m. | The Vintage Rail, 2808 Stanley Ave., Fort Worth | $45 | Enjoy an interactive pirate show and cocktail experience featuring four delicious cocktails.
Sunday, March 31
  • Whiskey Blending Sessions | Sunday, March 31 | 1 p.m. | Acre Distilling Co., 1309 Calhoun St., Fort Worth | $25-$55 | Sample 4-5 whiskeys and create your own blended creation to take home with a private label.
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News Notes
 
Civic
  • Local businesses that were impacted by the January explosion at the Sandman Signature Fort Worth Downtown Hotel can apply for up to $50,000 in grant money from the Local Development Corporation. To be considered, businesses must be located on Eighth Street, between Throckmorton and Houston streets.
Closed
  • VBQ Smokehouse — a vegan barbecue pop-up at Mariachi’s Dine-In — is closed. In a recent Instagram post, the business cited financial difficulties. Mariachi’s Dine-In will remain open.
Opening
  • CosMc’s, the beverage-focused McDonald’s concept with locations in Dallas and Illinois, is coming to Watauga. The drink spinoff will open at 7304 Denton Hwy. on Tuesday, April 2. Check out the menu to start planning your first order. (CultureMap Fort Worth)
Travel
  • Budget airline Breeze Airways is debuting at DFW International Airport with a twice-weekly route to Provo, Utah. Promotional rates start at $69 one-way + the service will begin on Friday, June 7.
Outdoors
  • The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden have teamed up to host a total solar eclipse viewing party on Monday, April 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Ticket prices range from $12 to $16; admission and solar eclipse glasses are free for museum members.
Announced
  • Cirque du Soleil has a new country-themed show called “Songblazers” that will come to North Texas for the State Fair of Texas. Shows will take place at the Music Hall in Fair Park from September 25 to October 20. Tickets go on sale today, March 28 at 10 a.m.
Trending
  • Fort Worthian and national radio host John Clay Wolfe partnered with Gas Monkey Garage owner Richard Rawlings on the record-breaking sale of a customized Humvee. The Humvee sold for $825,000 at a Barrett-Jackson auction and was the feature of an Instagram reel with 154 million+ views.
Sports
  • After a (6-3) win against the San Jose Sharks, the Dallas Stars have locked in five straight victories. Get more game insights and the biggest stories every day from local experts of the Dallas Stars with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    Drink
    Wellness
    • Therapy isn’t a luxury — it’s an essential tool for navigating life’s complexities. Invest in your wellbeing with 25% off your first month of BetterHelp.*
     
     
    Arts
     
    👠 Strut your stuff
    A fashion model poses in a long taupe dress in front of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
    While you’re at the “The Future” Fashion Runway Show, check out the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s new exhibition “Surrealism and Us: Caribbean and African Diasporic Artists since 1940.” | Photo by @agnieszkam_photography; Model @iamlacorazon
    Calling all fashionistasFort Worth Fashion Week returns on Monday, April 1 and Friday, April 5. Level up your street style while catching a glimpse of this spring and summer’s hottest styles by attending the two signature events:

    FWISD “NEXT GEN” Fashion Runway Show | Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
    This all-ages event on Monday, April 1 will showcase vibrant and textured regalia that’s been crafted by Fort Worth ISD students — hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.

    “The Future” Fashion Runway Show | Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
    See looks by future fashion designers from Texas universities; the show coincides with the museum’s free First Friday event on Friday, April 5, so you can also expect live music, light bites, and specialty drinks.
     
    The Buy
     
    Jenni Earle Bandanas. Try a new trend this spring with these bandanas – perfect to tie around your neck, hair, or handbag.
     
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