Houston-Galveston Area Council

April 2013
In This Issue
TPC - March 22, 2013
Comment Period Ends for TIP Projects
Public Meeting for METRO Bike & Ride
RTP Phase I of Outreach Ends
Packed House at H-GAC Brown Bag
BACODA's Healing Field Memorial
Clean Fleets Conference June 5
Bike Expert Lectures in Houston
Mobility NOW Presents...
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H-GAC in the News
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April Meetings
TAC - Wednesday,
April 17, 2013
TPC - Friday,
April 26, 2013
MPO Federal Certification Review
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

H-GAC Conference Room A

3555 Timmons Lane
Houston, TX 77027

METRO Bike and Ride Study

Thursday, April 4, 2013

6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. 

H-GAC Conference Room A

3555 Timmons Lane
Houston, TX 77027
Air Quality Conformity,
Phase III 2013-2016 TIP and
2035 RTP Update
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
H-GAC Conference Room A
3555 Timmons Lane
Houston, TX 77027
FM 1092-Stafford Access Management Public Meeting
Monday, April 22, 2013
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Stafford Centre
10505 Cash Rd
Stafford, TX 77477
FM 517/SH 3-Dickinson Access Management
Public Meeting
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Dickinson High School Auditorium
3800 Baker Dr.
Dickinson, TX 77539
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Transportation Policy Council - March 22, 2013

Hon. Stephen Costello (City of Houston) Presides over March TPC
On Friday, March 22, 2013, the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) reviewed and approved amendments to the 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Update, including $3.6 million in additional federal funding for improvements along South Shaver Road in Houston and Staffordshire Road in Stafford. 
TPC also approved the solicitation of public comments on a new air quality Transportation Conformity Determination to the 2013-2016 TIP and 2035 RTP Update. 
Mr. Bill Frawley, program manager at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, spoke on the need to revise roadway functional classifications. As a result of the 2010 U.S. Census, it's become necessary to "smooth" urbanized area boundaries to ensure logical roadway classifications of the roads in H-GAC's eight-county planning area and in the state.
Ms. Shelley Whitworth, air quality program manager at H-GAC, provided the council with a situational analysis of the nonattainment status for ground ozone in the area. Ms. Whitworth described the transportation/air quality investments needed to acheive emissions reduction targets for on-road vehicles.
TxDOT Deputy Dir. John Barton
H-GAC's Jeff Kaufman addressed the council with a summary of the Regional Incident Management Program and invited Deputy Director of TxDOT John Barton to speak on the importance of programs such as SafeClear and the Motorist Assistance Program. Mr. Barton stated that TxDOT's most important task is ensuring driver safety on Texas roads, citing the 3,389 Texans killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2012. Mr. Barton pledged funding in our region for incident management.
Mr. Jeff Taebel, Director of Community and Environmental Planning at H-GAC, provided results of the Think2040 Regional Planning Survey, which are available at
View the agenda and listen to audio here.
Public Comment Period for TIP Call for Projects
Ends April 5

The 30-day Public Comment Period for the 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Call for Projects expires April 5. This is your chance to give your thoughts on how approximately $446 million could be spent in roadway, transit and other related projects.

Click here to watch an introductory video to the 2013-2016 TIP Call for Projects on our YouTube channel. For related documents and more information, visit  

All written comments may be submitted to Transportation Public Information, Houston-Galveston Area Council, P.O. Box 22777, Houston, TX 77227-2777, emailed to, or faxed to (713) 993-4508. 

Public Meeting for METRO Bike & Ride Study

H-GAC and METRO are looking to improve the transit ridership experience for area bicyclists. There are affordable opportunities for people to combine bicycling and the use of city transportation. H-GAC and METRO would like to hear in what ways we can make the system better. There will be a short presentation followed by a question-and-answer session.

METRO Bike & Ride Public Meeting

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

H-GAC Conference Room A

3555 Timmons Lane

Houston, TX 77027


You can help by taking the online survey at
For more information about METRO's Bike & Ride Study, please contact Patricia Lawhorn at
Phase I of Outreach for 2040 RTP Ended March 31 - Info Available Online
 The Phase One of Public Outreach for the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) ended on March 31.
The 2040 RTP is the blueprint for the transportation system in the Houston region. Bold planning efforts taken now will create more economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for our residents. 
We highly encourage you to visit to learn more about the transportation needs of our region for the next 30 years. Public comments can still be sent to or to in Spanish.
For more information on the 2040 RTP, visit, or contact Dr. Roland Strobel, Chief Transportation Planner, at (713) 993-4538 or
Packed House at H-GAC Brown Bag Lunch

Thanks everyone who came to our Brown Bag Lunch Series with Colonel Christopher

Col. Christopher Sallese

Sallese, director of the Army Corps of Engineers - Galveston District. Col. Sallese detailed waterborne navigation in Texas and the critical importance of shipping in the Gulf Coast on March 18.


Didn't make it to the presentation? Watch it on H-GAC's YouTube channel. A Powerpoint presentation is available here.


For future Brown Bag presentations or for questions and comments, please contact Rosalind Hebert, CAP-OM, at 713-993-2471 or email with inquiries or comments.

 BACODA Unveils Healing Field Memorial 

The Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol (BACODA) has unveiled its memorial for the over 1,500 victims of alcohol-related crashes on Texas roads in 2011.  


Known as the Healing Field, 1,547 U.S. flags are dotting a field in Texas City, each representing a victim. Stephan Gage, a transportation planner at H-GAC who sits on the BACODA Board of Directors, was on hand during the unveiling on March 18. The acres of red, white, and blue will serve as a visual reminder of the deadly consequences of drinking and driving. Mr. Gage was the recent honoree of the Standard Bearer Award, given to those who have provided outstanding service for the organization.


For more information contact Stephan Gage at (713) 499-6692 or at

Registration Open for Clean Fleet Technologies Conference June 5


Registration is now open for the 2013 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference on June 5, 2013, at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. 


The Clean Fleet Technologies Conference (CFTC) is a day-long event highlighting a full spectrum of clean fuels and technologies. Join us to learn, listen and discover opportunities for adopting alternative fuels, clean vehicle technologies and efficiency improvements. Speakers, exhibitors, and vehicle displays will highlight the latest technologies, infrastructure and funding for cleaner on- and off-road fleets.


Mark your calendars and get your tickets early! Sponsorship, exhibitor, and vehicle display opportunities are available.


Clean Fleet Technologies Conference

Wednesday, June 5

9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Constellation Field

Sugar Land Skeeters Ballpark

1 Stadium Drive

Sugar Land, TX 77498


Cost: $35 by May 8, $50 after May 8, $10 for school district representatives


Contact Allison Carr at (832) 681-2583 or for more information on this event.

Bike Expert Offers Shifting Gears Lecture in Downtown Houston

Dr. John Pucher
Dr. John Pucher

Dr. John Pucher, author of "City Cycling," will present Shifting Gears, a lecture on the impact of complete streets on cities across Texas. The lecture will be Wednesday, April 17, at noon in the main auditorium of the Julia Ideson Library in downtown Houston.


During the lecture, state and local elected officials and members of supporting organizations will learn simple steps they can take to ensure Texans have the opportunity to bike and walk in their communities. Dr. Pucher will also discuss how making biking and walking safer and more efficient has benefits to the health and economy of local communities.


Seating is limited and registration is required. Click here to sign up today!

"Teens in the Driver Seat" Featured on Mobility NOW!

The teen driving safety program "Teens in the Driver Seat" is front and center of the newest episode of Mobility NOW! Russel Henk of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and Becky Denton of Cy Falls High School talk about how this innovative program has helped reduce teen driving deaths in Texas. Watch the full show here.   


Mobility NOW is a TV show designed to bring you transportation information. Each show delivers a new topic and engaging commentary on how we move throughout our region. 


Click the logo to visit our website. You can also watch each episode and more by subscribing to our YouTube channel.



 Did you know...?

Census data gathered in 2010 by the American Community Survey showed that nearly 414,000 commuters to Harris County live outside of county lines, while nearly 134,000 living in Harris County commute to adjacent counties. See how it breaks down here:



H-GAC in the News 
H-GAC and METRO Bike & Ride Study shows more riders want to bring their bike on a train or bus.
Technology of the future rolls into Houston with hydrogen fuel cell trucks.
Over 400,000 workers commute to Harris County and live outside of county lines.

H-GAC's DWI Regional Task Force adds officers patrolling the streets over Spring Break.

The Woodlands partners with H-GAC to study mobility improvements.

The Chronicle Sources H-GAC in its column on shifting role for federal transportation funding.
H-GAC awards Dayton ISD with grant for three new school buses.
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