Transportation Policy Council
Approval of TPC Nominating Committee Recommendations For Regional Safety Council Membership
 
In 2014, there were 130,000 serious crashes resulting in 612 fatalities in the 8-County region. On March 18, 2016, the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) selected 25 members for a traffic safety advising committee known as the Regional Safety Committee (RSC). The RSC's membership is comprised of representatives from local governments, transportation agencies, law enforcement, the health community, industry groups, safety advocacy groups, and others in related fields. 
 
The RSC will advise the TPC on strategies to reduce vehicle crashes. It will evaluate crash data and encourage multi-agency partnerships to address areas of need. 
Crashes throughout the region are caused by the following safety issues:

TPC Chairman, Brazoria County Judge, Matt Sebesta
  • Alcohol impairment 
  • Red-light running 
  • Speeding
  • Bicyclist and Pedestrian safety
  • Motorcyclists 
  • Railroad Crossing 
  • Young Drivers
  • Elderly Drivers                                                            
For example, Harris County leads in fatalities involving morotist driving while intoxicated (DWI) nationally. In an effort to reduce the incidence of these crashes, H-GAC and the RSC will continue to participate in safety initiatives such as the Regional DWI Task Force, and Teens in The Driver Seat (hosted by TTI) while identifying additional safety outreach efforts. 

Presentations and videos of this TPC meeting can be viewed on the H-GAC website HERE. 
H-GAC Mobility Report 2015

The 2015 Mobility Report summarizes key economic and transportation performance measures that reflect our progress toward achieving a safe, reliable,
multimodal transportation network. 

This document also illustrates some of the larger transportation infrastructure investments made in 2015. Compared to recent years, the dollar value of new investments was significantly smaller. However, this is largely due to the construction timing of major projects, some of which have been delayed and will be "let to contract" later this year or in 2017.  

To view the the 2015 Mobility Report click HERE.
2017 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP)

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a four-year capital improvements program for transportation projects. All federally funded projects must be included in the TIP along with all major transportation investments regardless of their source of funding.

The 2017-2020 TIP will contain projects funded by the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) or through state and local sponsor action. H-GAC staff has been working with sponsors to update locally-funded project information to ensure projects that need to be listed in the TIP reflect the latest information available.  Projects listed in the TIP range from major highway construction to pedestrian and bicycle improvements. Major investments in the 2017-2020 TIP include over $200M for IH-45 corridor improvements, approximately $200M for SH 36 reconstruction, $150M for I610 / I69 interchange development, and over $50M in pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

Based on feedback received from stakeholders and the public, H-GAC is updating the TIP document to be more readable and useful to the general public, with greater use of graphics and maps. 

A 30-day public comment period on the draft 2017-2020 TIP will be conducted April 11, 2016 through May 11, 2016. H-GAC must submit the approved TIP to the state by June 24, 2016 for inclusion in the 2017-2020 Statewide TIP.

To learn more about the TIP click HERE.
Regional Transportation Conformity Determination

On October 23, 2015 the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) approved an initial ten-year list of projects from the 2015 Call for Projects. Many of the added capacity projects on the state highway system must be included within a conforming Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP)  before additional project development or implementation activities can be approved. 

The Regional Transportation Conformity Determination will be presented to the Transportation Policy Council for approval. This analysis determines our compliance with emission reductions as required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

For more information on Transportation Conformity Determination click HERE.

A public comment period is currently in session and will close on April 15, 2016.
H-GAC Sponsors Bike in Challenge For Houston Earth Day

H-GAC Commute Solutions and Air Alliance Houston challenge you to arrive at Earth Day Houston by bicycle!

Festival guests who complete the Bike in Challenge will qualify for prizes! Free bike valet will be provided by Bike Houston.

When: Saturday, April 16, 2016

Time: 1:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m.  

Place:
Sam Houston Park

1000 Bagby St.

Houston, TX 77002
In Case You Missed it... 

Freight Planning Manager, Ms. Caroline Mays presented TxDOT's Freight Mobility Plan during H-GAC's latest Brown Bad Lucheon on March 21, 2016.

As Director of Freight and International Trade, Ms. Mays is charged with TxDOT's multimodal Freight Planning Program, including carrying out a strategic vision for addressing freight issues; drafting the first multimodal Statewide Freight Mobility Plan; overseeing the Texas Freight Advisory Committee;and coordinating with internal and external stakeholders. 

To view the presentation click HERE
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Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Fl. Conference Room B.
Houston, TX 77027
Transportation Policy Council (TPC) Meeting
Friday, April 22, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Fl. Conference Room B.
Houston, TX 77027
Bike in Challenge - Earth Day Houston
Saturday, April 16, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m.  
Sam Houston Park
1000 Bagby St
Houston, TX 77002
Downtown Houston
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