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April 2015

In This Issue
Transportation Policy Council - March 27, 2015
SH 249 Access Management Study Public Meeting
H-GAC's Drayage Truck Program
Brown Bag Lunch Series - Regional State of Traffic Safety Update
Opening of Houston's first Protected Bike Lane
Mobility NOW - US 59/IH 69 Southwest Freeway Study
Funding Available for Electric Delivery Vehicles in Houston
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H-GAC in the News
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Meetings & Events
TAC - Wednesday, April 15, 2015
 
TPC - Friday, April 24, 2015 

 

SH 249 Access Management Study Public Meeting

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

White Oak Conference Center

7603 Antoine Drive

Houston, TX 77088


 

H-GAC's YouTube Channel 
Transportation Policy Council - March 27, 2015

On March 27 the TPC heard a presentation about the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Freight Mobility Plan. This is a requirement within MAP-21 authorizing increased federal share of funding for freight projects. A draft of the full plan is being prepared for public comment, and a list of project recommendations has been made available to planning partners and TxDOT Districts for comment. For more information about the plan, visit www.MoveTexasFreight.com


Image Courtesy of Guidry News
Judge Robert Eckels, President of 
Texas Central Railway (TCR) updated the TPC on proposed route alternatives for the Houston to Dallas passenger rail. High-speed rail will help alleviate congestion and accidents on I-45, and increase economic activity in Houston, Dallas and other areas along the corridor. More about TCR and the benefits of high-speed rail can be found at www.texascentral.com
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A summary of the Woodlands Township Transit Plan was presented to the TPC. This document examines the region's growing mobility challenges and recommended improvements to its public transportation network. Potential transit options were considered and submitted for public comment. Strategies made in The Woodlands Township Transit Plan can be viewed HERE.


Alan Clark, H-GAC's Director of Transportation provided an update on current State Legislation. For details click HERE

 

The TPC agenda with audio is available HERE. 

SH 249 Access Management Study Public Meeting

H-GAC is working with the Texas Department of Transportation and area stakeholders to identify strategies to improve traffic flow, safety, and quality of life along SH 249 from I-45 N to Beltway 8. 
 

 

Attend the public meeting to comment on planned improvements to SH 249, connecting streets, bicycle/pedestrian networks, and transit systems. 

 

SH 249 Access Management Study Public Meeting

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

White Oak Conference Center

7603 Antoine Drive

Houston, TX 77088

 

6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Registration/Open House

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Presentation
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Open House

 

Submit written comments online to PublicComments@h-gac.com; mail to H-GAC Transportation Public Information, P.O. Box 22777, Houston, TX 77227-2777; or fax to 713-993-4508. For more information, visit www.h-gac.com/go/sh249.

H-GAC's Drayage Truck Program 

Are You Ready to Replace Your OLD Truck? 

 

H-GAC's Drayage Truck Program provides grants to trucking companies looking to replace their Class-8 diesel vehicles with a new truck. Low interest loans are also available to qualified applicants.


 

Completed applications must be received no later than May 1, 2015. Grant amounts vary and are based on $15,000 per ton of NOx reductions.

 

To begin the application process, please contact program staff at 832-681-2588 or visit 

www.mysolutionis.com/go/Drayage.

Brown Bag Lunch Series - Regional State of Traffic Safety Update

H-GAC hosted a Brown Bag Lunch presentation by Jeff Kaufman, AICP, Transportation Operations Coordinator for H-GAC on March 16, 2015. This included:   

  • An overview of what crash data contains and how to appropriately interpret the information
     
     
  • A brief update on the State of Traffic Safety 2007-2014 including information on impaired driving, distracted driving, pedestrians, and commercial vehicles 

To watch a video of the Brown Bag luncheon click HERE

 

The PowerPoint presentation is available HERE.  

 

Opening of Houston's first Protected Bike Lane

On Thursday March 26 the first protected bike lane was opened in Houston on Lamar Lane. This marks a significant step in Houston's progress towards becoming a more livable city where people have healthy and safe transportation options. 

 

The lane between Discovery Green east of the central business district and Sam Houston Park on the west side, links trails along Buffalo Bayou to the Columbia Tap Trail that runs south toward MacGregor Park and Brays Bayou. It is protected from vehicle traffic by large rubber humps commonly called armadillos to keep cars from veering into the lane. Bike traffic will be two-way on Lamar, despite car and truck traffic only traveling west.

 

For a description of the project, click HERE.

Mobility NOW - US 59/IH 69 Southwest Freeway Study

The Southwest Freeway (US 59/IH 69) is ranked the third most congested roadway in Texas in the 14-mile segment between I-45 in downtown Houston and Beltway 8. With traffic counts of 300,000 on an average weekday, it takes 30 minutes to clear an incident and often several hours to restore traffic to normal conditions.

David Fink, Director of Transportation Systems for the Texas Department of Transportation Houston District (TxDOT) discusses transportation operations in this important corridor. Mr. Fink explains how a freeway is managed through cameras, speed sensors, dynamic message signs, and dispatch operators. Bluetooth is currently used to calculate vehicle speed and travel time. Operations systems play a pivotal role in managing traffic flow and in providing real time information to commuters.

Tim Lomax, Principal Researcher at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) talks about lower cost strategies to mitigate congestion like ramp modifications and interchange redesign. Other strategies include HOT/HOT lane improvements, incident management response, peak time pricing, rerouting information, and alternative transportation modes.

Mobility NOW is hosted by H-GAC Transportation Planning director Alan Clark.

 

To watch the full episode, click HERE

Funding Available for Electric Delivery Vehicles in Houston

H-GAC has received a grant from The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the introduction of electric transportation technologies into the cargo transport sector. The goal for this project is to demonstrate the capability of all-electric delivery vehicles to perform at the same level of operation as similarly sized diesel delivery vehicles. These vehicles will also eliminate vehicle emissions and petroleum consumption. 

 

H-GAC and the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) have awarded project funding to UPS, in partnership with AMP Electric Vehicles, to deploy 18 all-electric Workhorse E-100 delivery vans in the H-GAC region. 


 

H-GAC is currently soliciting additional project partners for at least another 12 zero-emission delivery vehicles in the greater Houston area. 

 

For more information click HERE.

 

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