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Houston-Galveston Area Council

April 2014
In This Issue
Transportation Policy Council - March 28, 2014
Earth Day and Environmental Events
Commute Solutions/Houston Astros Night Out
2014 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference (CFTC)
Brown Bag Lunch: Traffic Safety in the Region
H-GAC Releases Instant Impact Guide
Regional Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan to be Released for Public Comment
"The Art of Transportation" Now Showing at TXDOT!
Mobility NOW
The Art of Transportation - Mobility NOW Special
Did you know ...?
H-GAC in the News
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Meetings & Events
TAC - Wednesday, April 16, 2014
 
TPC - Friday, April 25, 2014
 
Energy Fest "Rock the Corridor"
Saturday, April 5, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hershey Park
15200 Memorial Drive,  
Houston , TX 77079

Fort Bend Infrastructure Summit 
Friday, April 11, 2014  
7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Safari Texas Ranch  
11627 FM 1464 Rd 
Richmond, TX 77407

Houston Air Alliance Earth Day 
Saturday, April 12, 2014  
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Discovery Green 
1500 McKinney St 
Houston, TX 77010

Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 
Hilton Americas Hotel 
Thursday, April 17, 2014  
10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
1600 Lamar St 
Houston, TX 77010

CRBE - (AIG) Earth Day Fair 
April 22, 2014  
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.   
2929 Allen Pkwy 
Houston, TX 77019

Sugar Land Earth Day 
Saturday, April 26, 2014  
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Sugar Land Town Center Plaza 
15958 City Walk 
Sugar Land, TX 77479 

Commute Solutions/Houston Astros Night Out  
Friday, May 2, 2014
Game Starts at 7:10 p.m.
Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford St.

Houston, TX 77002 

 

2014 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference (CFTC)
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sugar Land Skeeters Stadium
Constellation Field
1 Stadium Dr, 
Sugar Land, TX 77498 

 

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Transportation Policy Council - March 28, 2014
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On March 28, the Transportation Policy Council approved a resolution to allocate $8.2 million to the 5307 Program of Projects for the Conroe-The Woodlands Urbanized Area. It also approved an amendment to program $81.4 million of Texas Mobility bond funds for implementation of projects including FM 521, 610/Cambridge St. and 288/Holcombe connectors, among others.  A third resolution assigned $23.1 million in additional Category 5 funds to offset increased project costs on the IH 610/IH 45 direct connector, Houston TranStar projects, and two US 59 South projects.

 

The council accepted the US 90A Access Management Study which evaluated US Highway 90A, Farm-to-Market Road 1640, and a portion of Farm-to-Market Road 762 within the cities of Richmond and Rosenberg, Texas. Recommendations from the study include short term improvements to medians, signage, sidewalks, and traffic signals. Long term improvements included additional multi-modal, Brazos River crossings, and Livable Centers. An information item about the "before and after" effects of previous access management studies was also presented. 

 

The TPC also accepted recommendations from the METRO Bike and Ride Study which will be used to improve transit access for cyclists. These include better connections to train stations, transit centers and park and ride facilities, signage, expanded on-vehicle accommodations for bicycles; short and long term bicycle storage options at bus stops, train stations, transit centers and park and rides, and marketing material to communicate the value of transit to cyclists. 

A review of the draft goals and performance measures of the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) was presented. With population growth projected at 60 percent to a regional total of almost 10 million people, the 2040 RTP is seeking to address current and future mobility and air quality issues. 

 

The TPC was briefed on the current status of projects programmed in the TIP and the need for adjustments to the current fiscal year program. Necessary TIP actions related to this item will be presented to the TPC at their April meeting.

 

The TPC agenda with audio is available HERE

 

Earth Day and Environmental Events
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H-GAC's Air Quality staff continues to maintain a high level of participation in Earth Day, Environmental fairs and public outreach events during the month of April. Staff will be on hand to educate employers, commuters and the general public about various commute alternatives that are designed to reduce congestion and improve air quality in the Houston-Galveston region. This year, H-GAC's Air Quality staff will be participating in the following Earth Day and Environmental events in April:  

 

Energy Fest "Rock the Corridor"  

Saturday, April 5, 2014  

11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Hershey Park

15200 Memorial Drive, 

Houston , TX 77079   

 

Fort Bend Infrastructure Summit  

Friday, April 11, 2014 

7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Safari Texas Ranch 

11627 FM 1464 Rd

Richmond, TX 77407

 

Houston Air Alliance 
Earth Day
Saturday, April 12, 2014 
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Discovery Green 
1500 McKinney St
Houston, TX 77010
Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Expo
Hilton Americas Hotel 
Thursday, April 17, 2014 
10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
1600 Lamar St
Houston, TX 77010 
CRBE - (AIG) Earth
Day Fair
 
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
2929 Allen Pkwy
Houston, TX 77019
Sugar Land Earth Day 
Saturday, April 26, 2014 
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sugar Land Town Center Plaza
15958 City Walk 

 

H-GAC's Commute Solutions program promotes commute alternatives such as a voluntary trip reduction program to encourage carpooling, teleworking, vanpooling, transit, biking, walking and alternative work schedules. Pledge your solution HERE and show your commitment to clean air in our region.

 

Commute Solutions/Houston Astros Night Out
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H-GAC will once again be teaming up with the Houston Astros to promote its Commute Solutions Program at Minute Maid Park for the fifth consecutive year. Staff will be on hand for Astros Fans to learn about commute alternatives such as carpooling/NuRide, vanpooling, riding the bus, biking and walking. 
 
The "My Solution Is" pledge encourages local commuters to save time and money on their daily drive to and from work by becoming part of a solution to help clean our region's air.  Attendees will have the opportunity to take the pledge at the baseball game. You can also pledge your solution on our website at My Solution Is.com.

 

Commute Solutions/Houston Astros Night Out
Friday, May 2, 2014
Game Starts at 7:10 p.m.
Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford St.

Houston, TX 77002

 
Contact Isaac Perez at (832) 681-2654 or Isaac.Perez@h-gac.com for more information.

 

2014 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference (CFTC)
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The 2014 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference (CFTC) will take place Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Sugar Land's Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters. CFTC is a day-long conference highlighting alternative fuels, clean vehicle technologies, and vehicle efficiency improvements. Speakers, exhibitors, and vehicle displays will highlight the latest technologies and funding for cleaner on- and off-road fleets.  
 
2014 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference (CFTC)
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sugar Land Skeeters Stadium
Constellation Field
1 Stadium Dr,
Sugar Land, TX 77498 
 
This year's keynote address will be provided by John L. Nau III, President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Eagle Distributors. For more information visit the website 

 

Brown Bag Lunch: Traffic Safety in the Region
H-GAC hosted another successful Brown Bag Lunch Series presentation on March 17th on "Traffic Safety in the Region." Mr. Jeff Kaufman, Transportation Operations Coordinator at H-GAC, discussed eye-opening statistics on traffic safety, education, enforcement, and emergency response, as well as the challenges impacting all drivers.

 

Watch the video of the presentation on H-GAC's YouTube channel. Make sure to download the presentation to follow along. 

 

H-GAC Releases Instant Impact Guide

H-GAC, in partnership with Better Houston, has published Instant Impact Guide: Simple, Cost-Effective Ideas for More Vibrant, Pedestrian-Friendly

Streets.

 

The Instant Impact Guide incorporates ideas that are relatively quick to implement and can help build momentum for improving your community's pedestrian, bicycling, and economic revitalization goals. Many projects outlined in the guide can also serve as test cases for potential projects before they are implemented permanently.

 

The guide is available HERE. Printed copies are also available.

 

For more information, contact Kelly Porter at 713-993-4529 or kelly.porter@h-gac.com.

 

Regional Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan to be Released for Public Comment
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H-GAC plans to release the H-GAC 2040 Regional Pedestrian And Bicycle Plan for public comment in late April or early May.

The Regional Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan is a long-range planning document describing our region's vision for enhancing pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure within the eight-county Transportation Management Area (TMA).

The document will be available online. To receive notice when the plan is released for public comment, please contact Andrew Pompei at 832-681-2598.

 
"The Art of Transportation" Now Showing at TXDOT!

"The Art of Transportation" photo exhibit featuring four decades of transportation milestones, is now showing at the TxDOT Houston District Office, 7600 Washington Blvd, 77007. The exhibit is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. (Check with Receptionist)

 

For a video tour and for more information, visit www.theartoftransportation.com.
Mobility NOW

Houston Mayor Annise Parker presented H-GAC with an award in celebration of Mobility NOW's second anniversary. This recognition took place March 14th during the grand opening of the City of Houston's new television studio facility. 

 

The television show, currently airing in English and Spanish, was launched in March of 2012 as a public information and engagement tool for major transportation projects and issues. Some of the topics discussed are major corridor projects, safety programs and access management studies, among others. 

 

"Mobility NOW" is hosted by Transportation Director Alan Clark who interviews experts on various topics. The show airs on Houston Municipal Channel, KHOU (Channel 11) and KIAH (Channel 39). The Spanish version of the show has been in the air since March of 2013 and is hosted and executive produced by Public Outreach Program Manager Marco Bracamontes. For more information about "Mobility NOW" visit www.mobilitynow.tv. 

 

The Art of Transportation - Mobility NOW Special

This very special episode of Mobility NOW celebrates four decades of transportation milestones in the Houston-Galveston region.  Alan Clark sits down with Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Brazoria County Precinct 2 Commissioner Matt Sebesta to discuss the achievements of our system and the challenges we face in the future. Click on the image to watch.

 

Mobility NOW is brought to you by H-GAC so you can learn more about the way we move around our area. Make sure to subscribe to the H-GAC YouTube channel for more videos on regional mobility. 

 

Did you know ...?

 
H-GAC in the News

Officials mull Freeport to Hempstead highway

Telework Incentive Program offers cost cutting, time saving solutions for employers and commuters

H-GAC completes public input phase of The Woodlands transit plan

H-GAC has $500K in teleworking federal grants

Environmental assessment underway for third phase of Hwy. 6 expansion

Regional study to look at 36A route that could impact Katy Prairie

Houston sees public transportation ridership

H-GAC's Regional DWI Task Force

H-GAC votes for resolution to study Hwy. 36A feasibility

Residents concerned over mobility issues as study continues

 

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