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Public engagement is an integral part of transportation planning. Awareness and involvement in governmental processes are critical to successful transportation planning and programming. When the public is engaged in the process, its feedback helps assure that projects address community needs. Likewise, the public gains a better understanding of the tradeoffs and constraints associated with transportation planning.
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H-GAC will provide for reasonable accommodations for persons attending H-GAC functions. Requests from persons needing special accommodations should be received by H-GAC staff 24 hours prior to a function. The public meeting will be conducted in English and requests for language interpreters or other special communication needs should be made at least two working days prior to a function. Please call 713-993-4557 for assistance.
US 90A Access Management Study Public Meeting
H-GAC will host a public meeting for a US 90A Access Management Study to gather input from the public regarding transportation measures that will improve public safety and traffic flow, reduce motorist delay, enhance air quality, and improve pedestrian and bicycle access. The study will provide information to analyze existing conditions and to identify and evaluate a range of viable short-term and long-term improvement concepts on US 90A from Bamore Road to Harlem Road; FM 1640: from Bamore Road to FM 726, and FM 726: from FM 1640 to US 90A.
The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview Drive, Richmond, TX 77469 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The meeting will be hosted in an Open House format. Written comments may be submitted online to US90A@h-gac.com, mailed to H-GAC Transportation Public Information, P.O. Box 22777, Houston, TX 77227-2777, or faxed to 713-993-4508. For more information, visit www.h-gac.com/go/am.
Extension of Public Comment Period for the Transportation Conformity Determination for the 2013-2016 TIP and the 2035 RTP Update
H-GAC is announcing the extension of a 30-day comment period to give the public an opportunity to review changes to the transportation conformity determination for the 2013-2016 TIP and the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Update. The public comment period began on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 and will end on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm. More information can be found at www.h-gac.com/taq/airquality_model/conformity/2013_phase3/default.aspx.
The public is encouraged to provide comments to H-GAC. All written comments should be submitted to Transportation Public Information, Houston-Galveston Area Council, P.O. Box 22777, Houston, TX 77227-2777, emailed to email@example.com, or faxed to (713) 993-4508.
Public Comment Period and Public Meetings for Proposed Amendments and Transportation Conformity Determination for the 2013-2016 TIP and the 2035 RTP Update
H-GAC is announcing the opening of a 30-day public comment period to give the public an opportunity to review proposed amendments as well as a new transportation conformity determination for the 2013-2016 TIP and the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Update.
Transportation Conformity Determination – This document demonstrates that our region will make adequate progress towards the achievement of national ambient air quality standards by the approved attainment deadline(s), consistent with the approved State Implementation Plan (SIP). H-GAC is processing this update to accommodate changes in the timing and scope of regionally significant transportation projects and to establish conformity for the non-attainment designation of the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area under the 2008 ozone standard.
Significant project changes proposed for the Regional Transportation Plan and reflected in this Transportation Conformity Determination include:
- BW 8 SE, Advance segments between SH 288 and IH 10 E
- SH 146, Advance segments between Red Bluff and FM 518
- SH 249, Adjust timing of project elements in Harris and Montgomery counties
- SH 288 Toll Road, Phase I, 4-lane instead of 2-lane reversible managed lanes
- US 59 S, Advance segments between SH 99/FM 762 and SP 10
- US 290, Advance segments between Bauer Rd and FM 2920
Air Quality Conformity Documents: http://www.h-gac.com/taq/airquality_model/conformity/2013_phase3/default.aspx
Category 2 “Metro Mobility” Program – TxDOT Category 2 funds have historically been the primary source of funds for major highway capacity projects. Due to the unanticipated availability of additional state, federal, and local funds to advance much of the US 290 corridor, the Category 2 funds previously programmed on these projects are now available to be reprogrammed on additional project priorities.
An amendment to the 2013-2016 TIP and 2035 RTP Update reflecting a revised Category 2 program of projects will be presented to the Transportation Policy Council for approval at their April 26, 2013 meeting. These revisions include:
- US 290, Funding to complete reconstruction and widening between Bauer Rd and FM 2920
- SH 146, Funding to reconstruct and widen between Red Bluff and FM 518
- Proposed Category 2 Program of Projects
2013-2016 Air Quality Work Program – The eight-county Houston-Galveston-Brazoria region is currently designated as “nonattainment” for ground level ozone under the Clean Air Act. A nonattainment designation requires H-GAC’s Air Quality program to administer a number of programs that contribute to emission reductions.
An amendment to the 2013-2016 TIP and 2035 RTP Update reflecting the proposed 2013-2016 Air Quality Work Program will be presented to the Transportation Policy Council for approval at their April 26, 2013 meeting.
The proposed work program includes continued funding for current programs, including Clean Cities/Clean Vehicles, Commute Solutions, and the regional Star vanpool program (administered by METRO). New programs proposed for implementation include expansion of fueling infrastructure for natural gas (LNG and CNG) vehicles, a “school pool” rideshare program and funding for the expansion of transit bus fleets in developing transit markets.
- Air Quality Commitments and Proposed Work Program
- Air Quality Work Program - Supplemental Information
H-GAC will host two public meetings on these proposed actions on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, from Noon-1:00 p.m. and again from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the H-GAC offices, 3555 Timmons Lane, 2nd Floor Conference Room B, Houston, TX 77027. The public comment period begins on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 and ends on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm.
The public is encouraged to attend and provide comments to H-GAC. All written comments should be submitted to Transportation Public Information, Houston-Galveston Area Council, P.O. Box 22777, Houston, TX 77227-2777, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or faxed to (713) 993-4508.
The TIP contains the program of projects for each of the region’s transit providers, and the above revisions relate to or have the potential to affect services provided by the Texas Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO), Fort Bend County Transit, Connect Transit, and Galveston Island Transit. This public notice and public comment period will satisfy the federal public notice requirements for each of the transit providers regarding its transit program of projects for fiscal years 2013-2016.