As many as 20,000 people may swarm downtown Fort Worth Monday morning for a Get Motivated! seminar, creating a potentially serious "case of the Mondays" for regular folks who work in the central business district.
Former President George W. Bush is among the speakers.
The city put out a traffic advisory Thursday, warning people that parking lots and garages may fill much quicker than normal.
Workers are encouraged to plan ahead and consider leaving early for work, carpooling with colleagues and perhaps even riding a bus or bike.
Bosses are encouraged to go easy on those who show up late for work ...
The Trinity Railway Express is adding lots of cars to its usual lineup Monday, to handle an expected swarm of people into downtown Fort Worth for a Get Motivated! seminar that will feature appearances by former President George W. Bush, retired Gen. Colin Powell and former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani.
TRE officials don't want a repeat of last weekend, when passengers were packed like sardines into rail cars trying to get to the State Fair of Texas and the annual Texas-OU football game. However, a majority of the complaints were generated from Dallas Area Rapid Transit's light rail system, where many people complained about being trapped at platforms and inside trains for several hours trying to get to Fair Park.
Get Motivated! will be 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The TRE is adding trains to handle the crowds, although officials at the Fort Worth Transportation Authority say it's not a reaction to the bad publicity generated last weekend at the Texas-OU game. Instead, they say, they typically add rail cars to handle crowds at the annual motivational seminar.
This morning, leaflets were placed on TRE train seats to give riders a heads-up about possible crowded conditions and delays. A big thank you to alert reader and TRE regular Jamie Terrell for sending this in.
Some rather moving pieces of art have been spotted on the Fort Worth streets.
Three T buses have been wrapped with images depicting collections from the Amon Carter Museum, Kimball Art Museum and Modern Art Museum. They’re making the rounds as part of a promotion between those art institutions and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority.
The images include Wrapped Oranges from the Carter, Carravaggio’s The Cardsharps from the Kimbell and Conjoined from the Modern.
The idea is to encourage folks to ride the T to the cultural district. A bus pass will get riders a $2 discount at the Modern and 10 percent off Kimbell and Carter museum stores during November. Admission to the Carter is free, and the Kimbell’s permanent collection is free and the Modern is free the first Sunday of the month. Route 2 Camp Bowie is the best way to get to the museums. Route 7 is an option on Saturdays.
For more information, visit www.the-t.com or call 817-215-8600. – Gordon Dickson
Just a month after the latest batch of bus and train route changes, the T is at it again. The Fort Worth Transportation Authority is proposing to:
Eliminate Route 16 West Rosedale/Montgomery.
Create a new route between downtown and Como, including a portion of Montgomery Street previously served by Route 16
Reduce Route 27 Como frequency to once an hour. Buses currently run every 30 minutes
Extend Route 10 Bailey to serve Will Rogers Coliseum and connect with Route 7 at University and Lancaster
Extend Route 5A Evans to serve James Avenue, Southcrest and Townsend drives.
The changes would be effective in January.
Riders who wish to comment may attend a hearing 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the Intermodal Transportation Center, 1001 Jones St. in Fort Worth.