Texas Attraction Plan Mobility Study – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Fort Worth is exploring ways to increase “mobility” in increasingly popular stockyards.

The City’s objective: To facilitate and secure the movement of visitors.

People love to visit the Stockyards to get a taste of history. But it’s getting so popular that some visitors complain about the constant congestion.

“I agree it’s a fun attraction,” said Nalani Hall of Wichita Falls. “I love shopping, the food is great and I love dancing. But there’s just a lot of traffic.”

Corben Watson of White Settlement agreed.

“It’s hectic,” Watson said. “You have to go around buildings in both directions just to find small parking spaces and alleyways just to find any small parking space.”

What can we do there?

The city will soon launch a “mobility” study, counting the number of cars driving through the stockyards, compiling the data and asking almost everyone for ideas.

“There’s been so much growth in stockyards, we really need to optimize what we have there for vehicle and pedestrian safety,” said Lauren Prieur, acting director of transportation and public works.

It would be difficult to enlarge the streets because there is simply no space.

Options include creating more one-way streets, adding more parking spaces, and even making a street like Exchange Avenue restricted to pedestrians, at least during certain hours like weekends.

“You have to look for parking and sometimes they block the parking lot so you can’t get in,” said Jose Rodriguez de Plano. “Having a designated area or having people come by shuttle would be great.”

One thing is certain: The Stockyards is growing, with new hotels and restaurants attracting even more visitors. With the study of mobility, this popular place steeped in history is facing a difficult future.

“I don’t think it’s ever going to go away with the popularity and crowds, especially on weekends, [there are] way too many people,” Watson said.

The study will begin in October and is expected to end in May 2023.

Keith P. Plain