Session 1

THE BASICS OF TRANSIT 1

Tarrant County's Transit History & Transit Planning 101

Mon, April 4 – 5:00pm - 7:30 PM

Hybrid: In-Person + Zoom

Fort Worth Central Library, Discovery Room

500 W 3rd St, Fort Worth, TX 76102, USA

About the Session



Learn more about each speaker below -

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Session Sponsored by

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Your Instructors

Phil

Dupler

Director of Planning

Trinity Metro

Dupler

Mr. Dupler is currently Director of Planning and Development for Trinity Metro, the public transportation provider for Fort Worth and Tarrant County. He has been a planner with the agency for over fifteen years, designing bus routes and setting bus schedules. He also has planned and implemented new facilities including a transfer center, park-n-ride lot and hundreds of ADA accessible bus stops. Before joining Trinity Metro, he worked at the City of Fort Worth for ten years in various roles assisting with the City’s Comprehensive Plan, the decennial Census collection and implementation of Geographic Information Systems.

Ann

Foss

Principal Planner, Office of Strategic Initiatives

City of Arlington

Foss

Ann has been with the City of Arlington since 2016 and currently serves as the Principal Planner for the Office of Strategic Initiatives. As Principal Planner, Ann performs comprehensive planning for the City and is heavily involved in transportation planning for the City, working to secure grant funding and pilot new technologies, including autonomous vehicles and demand response ride sharing.

Ann holds a BA in Anthropology and Environmental Science from Haverford College, a MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has worked as a professional planner in New York, NY, Dallas, TX, and Arlington, TX. Ann is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Greg

Hladik

Executive Director Auxiliary Services

University of Texas Arlington

Hladik

Dr. Greg Hladik is the Executive Director of Auxiliary Services at the University of Texas at Arlington and has overseen the University's parking and transportation services since 2016 and campus bookstore since 2021. In these roles, he works strategically with offices across campus and the city of Arlington to enhance services for students, faculty, staff and visitors who navigate the 420-acre campus. Hladik works to ensure the transportation expectations are met to the fullest extent possible by creating thoughtful and useful transportation and parking plans to meet the changing campus needs. To that end, Dr. Hladik is a true innovator, having been recognized by the Texas Parking & Transportation Association multiple times for Program of the Year in 2018 and 2019, and whose department initiatives have been published nationally in Parking Industry Today and The Parking Professional. Most recently, Dr. Hladik participated in the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funded grant to operate self-driving shuttles on UTA’s campus. Dr. Hladik brings more than a decade of progressive experience at UTA where he has worked in the Administration and Campus Operations and the Student Affairs divisions, with responsibility in real estate, Campus Bookstore, University Housing, and Apartment & Residence Life. His entire career has been devoted to higher education, starting as a student resident assistant at Oklahoma State University before advancing to professional positions at Arkansas Tech University and UTA. He has a Ph.D in educational leadership and policy study from UT Arlington and earned a master’s of science degree in college student personnel from Arkansas Tech University. Dr. Hladik serves on the internal board of advisors for the Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact at UT Arlington, is co-chair of the Bike Committee, and has past memberships on several City of Arlington Transit Advisory committees.

In addition to his work, Hladik fills his free time as a YMCA volunteer coach for his kid's sports teams, is active in several ministries at St. Jude's Catholic Church in Mansfield, TX, and is a passionate backyard gardener.

Brad

Lonberger

Principal

Place Strategies

Lonberger

Brad is an architect, urban designer, and policy mechanic focused on creating inviting and walkable spaces for real communities. His work has paved the way for top-rated walkable neighborhoods and downtowns that are cherished by residents and visitors alike. Brad believes in the authenticity of a community being the driving force behind attracting tourism and employment in today’s experience economy.

Brad has built a brand of implementation excellence, balancing the predictability that cities want with the flexibility that developers need. He is often mediating (translating) between municipal staff and developers to present old and new ideas to improve our aging infrastructure and catalyze private reinvestment. Brad has crafted a recipe for success for each of his client communities that build on their culture, but expand their opportunities and investment profile.

Quentin

McGown

Tarrant County Associate Judge & Probate Master + Fort Worth Historian

Tarrant County

McGown

Quentin McGown is a sixth generation Texan and fourth generation Fort Worth attorney with a lifelong interest in history. He now serves as Associate Judge in Tarrant County Probate Court Number One, having served as General Counsel, Director of Gift Planning and Alumni Director at Texas Wesleyan University, from which he graduated with degrees in theatre and law. He served six years, three as chair, on the City of Fort Worth Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission, and he is a past chair of the Tarrant County Historical Commission. He served on the city's sesquicentennial history committee and co-chaired the Tarrant County Bar Association’s centennial celebration. He is a member of the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court and serves on the planning committee for the annual Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering. He also serves on the Endowment and Development Boards of Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County and is a board member of the Cowboy Heritage Association and current president of the Tarrant County Historical Society. He teaches courses on Fort Worth history for the TCU Center for Texas Studies, and is an adjunct instructor in Political Science at Texas Wesleyan. He has three books, Fort Worth in Vintage Postcards, Historic Photos of Fort Worth, and Remembering Fort Worth and is working on a new book exploring Fort Worth’s mid-century modern architecture. He and his wife, Laurie, are slowly restoring their 114 year-old downtown Fort Worth home and a mid-century National Register property nestled in the remnant Cross Timbers post oaks on Lake Worth.

Session Moderator

James

Wood

Grants Analyst

Trinity Metro

Wood

James works as a Grant Analyst for Trinity Metro. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University, and a Master of Regional and Community Planning from Kansas State University. Prior to his work in the transit sector, Dr. Wood worked as a policy researcher in the field of transit planning and urban policy. He is a published author on the subjects of transit finance, nonprofit transportation programs, and the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities.