Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), recently traveled to the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area to meet with local transportation representatives to get a better idea of how they have successfully developed a mass-transit system for the six million people living within the Metroplex area. Congressman Poe, a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, was given the opportunity to witness the success that the DFW area has had with their mass transit system, specifically in Irving and Las Colinas, and how they can serve as a model for other Texas cities.

As we all know, Texans love their cars. said Poe. Commuter rails and mass-transit are a way of life for most people along the east coast, but this is fairly new to Texas and the folks in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have done a great job of getting people to park their cars and get on board.

Congressman Poe got a first hand look of the current rail and bus operations and an aerial view of the Metroplex to get a perspective of the expansion plans as it follows population growth patterns. DFW transportation representatives stressed the ability to develop an efficient and dependable mass transit system has allowed, not only for an ease in traffic congestion and reduced air pollution, but it has increased the economy by enticing business development outside of the city.

As a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Congressman Poe regularly meets with transportation officials and representatives to gain insight into their industry and how he can better serve the people of Texas. For more information about the committees Congressman Poe serves on, please visit our website, www.house.gov/poe.

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