The local hotels and the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau have identified an increase in traffic congestion, as well as safety concerns, in the Central Business District due to pre-arranged motorbus services that do not have designated zones to load and unload passengers. Since August 2017, City staff has been meeting with local businesses and pre-arranged motorbus operators to collaboratively identify locations within the Central Business District where pre-arranged motorbus services can load and unload passengers in a manner that minimizes traffic congestion and maximizes safety.
Although the City's Traffic Engineer has authority to regulate parking signage within the City, this amendment is necessary to add enforcement within the designated zones. The City's Traffic Engineer will have authority to designate pre-arranged motorbus zones as may be necessary, including temporary zones, to load and unload passengers during special events at the Convention Center.
City staff reviewed other cities' pre-arranged motorbus ordinances. Based on the high demand of pre-arranged motorbuses operating within the Central Business District, City staff recommends establishing ten pre-arranged motorbus loading zones (see attached map). The designation of these zones will minimize traffic congestion, enhance pre-arranged motorbuses' ability to better serve their passengers, minimize the inconvenience of pre-arranged motorbuses blocking parking that can be used by patrons visiting local establishments, and ensure pre-arranged motorbuses are loading and discharging passengers in a safe manner.
This applies to COUNCIL DISTRICT 9.
This M&C does not request approval of a contract with a business entity.