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August 2014

In This Issue
Transportation Policy Council - July 25, 2014
Become a Clean Air Champion
Regional DWI Task Force Information Meeting - August 19, 2014
Cypress Creek Parkway Livable Centers: Recommendations Workshop
2014 Clean Air Action "Best in Motion" Leadership Awards Program
Brown Bag Series - The Thriving Houston Region: The Urban Land Institute
Upcoming Call for Livable Centers and Special Districts Planning Study Partners
Veterans Transportation Network
The Art of Transportation - Photo Exhibit
Hurricane Season is Around the Corner
Did you know ...?
H-GAC in the News
Quick Links
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Meetings & Events
TAC - Wednesday, August 13, 2014
 
TPC - Friday, August 22, 2014
 

Regional DWI Task Force Information Meeting

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor Room A
Houston, TX 77027

Cypress Creek Parkway Livable Centers: Recommendations Workshop

Thursday, August 28, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Fallbrook Church
12512 Walters Road
Houston, TX 77014 

 

2014 Clean Air Action "Best in Motion" Leadership Awards Program

Thursday, September 11, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Doubletree by Hilton Houston Hotel in Greenway Plaza

Houston, TX  77046

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Transportation Policy Council - July 25, 2014

Daniel Krueger, P.E., was honored for his service on the TPC as the representative for the City of Houston from August, 2010 until July, 2014. Mr. Krueger has served the City of Houston since 2002, and was Director of Public Works for the last 4 years. He was both a member and Chair of the TranStar Executive Committee.


 

Recently completed Freedom CNG Refueling station Near Beltway 8
A presentation to the TPC outlined the current state of the region's air quality status and the challenges in the future. The eight-county region is currently designated as "nonattainment" for ground level ozone under the Clean Air Act. The H-GAC Air Quality program provided updates on the 2013 performance of its programs. The Clean Cities/Clean Vehicles program focuses on replacement of heavy duty vehicles and engines as well as alternative-fuel infrastructure. Commute Solutions funds and promotes voluntary alternative transportation and trip reduction programs such as carpool, METRO Star Vanpool, transit and telework. 

 




H-GAC air quality programs reported increased emission reductions in 2013, but there are still challenges for the future. To find out more, click HERE.

 

The TPC also heard about the 2040 Regional Transportation 

Plan's Revenue and Expenditure Scenarios. Federal regulations require that the plan be fiscally constrained based on reasonable expectations of future funding availability. H-GAC has developed a financial model to estimate these revenues based on anticipated demographic and economic growth as well as increased Transportation activities (vehicle miles traveled, transit passengers served, etc.). Estimates for transportation expenditures include costs for operating, maintaining and replacing current transportation assets and the cost to expand services and infrastructure. To find out more, click HERE

 

The TPC agenda with audio is available HERE.

Become a Clean Air Champion

 

Regional DWI Task Force Information Meeting - August 19, 2014


H-GAC is holding an information meeting for regional law enforcement agencies about its Regional DWI Task Force. DWI in the Houston-Galveston region continues to be a deadly problem. Between 2007 and 2013, over 1,700 lives regionally have been lost to DWI. In response, H-GAC has established a Regional DWI Task Force to help combat the problem. Through TxDOT's Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP), H-GAC funds overtime pay for enhanced DWI enforcement during select holiday weekends throughout the region. 

 

Regional DWI Task Force Information Meeting

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Houston-Galveston Area Council 

3555 Timmons Lane

2nd Floor Room A

Houston, TX 77027

 

This meeting is an opportunity to see if your agency would be interested in participating in this regional initiative. During the meeting, discussion will focus on how the Regional DWI Task Force works, the operating procedures and guidelines of the program and sample reporting documents. There will be opportunity to ask questions to participating agencies.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Kaufman at 832-681-2533 or jeff.kaufman@h-gac.com.  

Cypress Creek Parkway Livable Centers: Recommendations Workshop

The Cypress Creek Parkway Livable Centers Study is underway. Based on input received from community members, the project team has developed ideas on how to improve the area surrounding the intersection of Cypress Creek Parkway (FM 1960) and Kuykendahl Road. In August, the project team will present recommendations on how public and private entities can work together to make the community a better place to live, work, and play. The public is invited to review these recommendations and share their ideas.

 


Cypress Creek Parkway Livable Centers: Recommendations Workshop

Thursday, August 28, 2014

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Fallbrook Church

12512 Walters Road

Houston, TX 77014

 

Stakeholders can also provide feedback by visiting http://cypresscreek.mindmixer.com/. 

The workshop is hosted by H-GAC, Ponderosa Forest Utility District, Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce and Cypress Creek Parkway Property Owners' Association.

 

For more information, contact Andrew Pompei at 832-681-2598 or visit the project website.

 

2014 Clean Air Action "Best in Motion" Leadership Awards Program

Please join us as we recognize businesses and local governments for outstanding leadership in implementing measures which reduce air pollutants within our eight-county region. This year's event will honor those organizations that encourage employees to use commute alternatives and/or implement alternative fuel vehicle programs and adopt clean fleet and no idling policies. Honored organizations will include newly designated Clean Air Champions.

 

2014 Clean Air Action "Best in Motion" Leadership Awards Program

Thursday, September 11, 2014

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

DoubleTree by Hilton Greenway Plaza

6 E Greenway Plaza,

Houston, TX 77046  

 

Early registration is now open. To save $15 per attendee click HERE.

Brown Bag Series - The Thriving Houston Region: The Urban Land Institute 

H-GAC hosted a Brown Bag Lunch presentation on July 21, 2014, featuring Ann Taylor, Executive Director for the Urban Land Institute Houston District. Ms. Taylor described how ULI provides leadership in our region. She also announced important ULI events in October 2014 and May 2015.

 

The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit organization that advocates responsible use of land and creation of thriving communities worldwide. For more information, visit www.uli-houston.org.

 

To watch a video of the Brown Bag luncheon click HERE

The PowerPoint presentation is available HERE

Upcoming Call for Livable Centers and Special Districts Planning Study Partners

Live Work Play - Livable Centers Logo In early September H-GAC will release a call for planning study partners for the Livable Centers and Special Districts programs. The objective of the Livable Centers planning studies is to help create quality, walkable, mixed-use places. Livable Centers offer multi-modal travel choices, improve environmental quality, promote economic development, and housing choice. H-GAC's Special Districts program conducts studies in areas where there are significant opportunities to encourage pedestrian and bicycle travel and improve safety. 

 

Eligible planning study partners include local governments and other entities in the eight-county Transportation Management Area that can receive federal funding and implement transportation projects.

 

For more information on the Livable Centers and Special Districts programs and to view completed studies, please visit  www.h-gac.com. The application will be posted online at http://www.h-gac.com/livablecenters in early September.

Veterans Transportation Network

There are approximately 300,000 veterans living in the greater Houston area according to the Office of Veterans Affairs. There is a network of volunteer drivers who donate thousands of hours each month to transport hundreds of veterans to-and-from non-emergency medical appointments at the VA Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. They travel from the outer counties in the region, logging close to 30,000 miles in a typical month to provide a transportation service for those veterans who otherwise would be left behind or stuck at home.

 

A veterans specialist is available for transportation referrals through the United Way Texas 2-1-1 helpline. Twenty-four hour notice must be given to the Hospital Service Coordinator at (713) 791-1414, Ext. 24457 (Tuesday-Thursday) for veterans' transportation. 

 

Advanced reservations can be made a week before by calling the nearest DAV Transportation contact in your area. For more detailed information about services in your region, download the Gulf Coast Regional Transit Guide's HERE.

 

More resources are needed in the greater Houston area to expand the transportation options for our returning heroes to enable those without their own means of transportation to get to social services, work, school, shopping centers, recreational and other activities.  

 

The Art of Transportation - Photo Exhibit
"The Art of Transportation" photo exhibit featuring four decades of transportation milestones is currently showing at the Shops at Greenway Plaza July 16 - August 17, 2014.  

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

 

 

Hurricane Season - Be Ready
Hurricane Rita Aerial Image

Hurricane season is here so you should definitely be ready. First, make a plan for what you and your family will do during an emergency. After you have your plan, start building a kit. The basics include enough food and water to last five to seven days. Then, start thinking about other needs. Stay informed by keeping up with information from your local government leaders and media. 

 

Get your evacuation plans together by downloading your Updated Hurricane Evacuation Maps HERE.  For more information about preparing for Hurricane Season, visit www.togetheragainsttheweather.com.

 

 

Did you know ...?
How many hours did the average commuter waste 
sitting in traffic in our region in 2012? 
H-GAC in the News

CAMPO announces new executive director

Voters to determine fate of state highway fund

County joins H-GAC Region 2040 plan

Are you ready for hurricane season to enter high gear?

 

 

Texas 146 plans are topic in Seabrook 

 

Here's what Houston's roadways and traffic cost you each year 

 

Houston-area bridges in need of repair

 

Pearland officials mark highway construction completion 
 

 

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