M&C Review


COUNCIL ACTION:  Approved on 12/4/2018 - Ordinance No. 23478-12-2018

DATE: 12/4/2018 REFERENCE NO.: **G-19425 LOG NAME: 20MOTORBUS LOADING ZONES
CODE: G TYPE: CONSENT PUBLIC HEARING: NO
SUBJECT:   Adopt Ordinance Amending Chapter 22,  "Motor Vehicles and Traffic,"  Articles I, "In General" and VI, "Stopping, Standing and Parking" of the City Code to Add a Definition of Pre-Arranged Motorbus to Section 22-1, "Definitions" and to Add Section 22-158.4 to Create Pre-Arranged Motorbus Zones to Address Traffic Congestion and Establish Standards to Safely Discharge Passengers (COUNCIL DISTRICT 9)

RECOMMENDATION:

It is recommended that the City Council adopt the attached ordinance amending Chapter 22,  "Motor Vehicles and Traffic," Articles I, "In General" and VI, "Stopping and Standing and Parking" of the Code of the City of Fort Worth, Texas (2015) to add a definition of Pre-Arranged Motorbus to Section 22-1 Definitions, and to add Section 22-158.4 to create Pre-Arranged Motorbus Zones to address traffic congestion and to establish standards to safely discharge passengers.

 
DISCUSSION:

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.
 
FISCAL INFORMATION/CERTIFICATION:

The Director of Finance certifies that this action will have no material effect on City funds.

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Submitted for City Manager's Office by:
Susan Alanis (8180)
Originating Department Head:
Steve Cooke (5134)
Additional Information Contact:
Gerald Taylor (6987)

 
 
ATTACHMENTS
  BLZ - FW Revised 6.14.18.pdf
  final ord 11.13.18.docx