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August 2015

In This Issue

Transportation Policy Council - July 24, 2015

Regional DWI Task Force Meeting - August 4, 2015

Traffic Incident Management Training - August 4, 2015

Draft Title VI Program Plan Public Meeting - August 6, 2015

Draft Candidate Projects Public Meeting - August 11, 2015

Local Initiatives Projects (LIP) Funding Availability Presentation

2015 Clean Air Action "Best in Motion" Leadership Awards

City of Bellaire Declares August Commute Solutions Month

Livable Centers Call for Planning Study Partners

In Case You Missed it - Brown Bag Lunch Series - The Coming Resin Boom to the Gulf Coast

RCTP Call to Action and Request for Assistance

Mobility NOW - Bicycling in Houston

H-GAC Announces Marine/Construction Equipment Grant Funding

Funding Available for Electric Delivery Vehicles in Houston

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TAC - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - NEW LOCATION

TxDOT Houston District Office

7600 Washington Blvd

Houston, TX 77007 

 

TPC - Friday, August 28, 2015 

 

Regional DWI Task Force Information Meeting

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor Conference Room B
 

Draft Title VI Program Plan Public Meeting
Thursday, August 6, 2015

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane

2nd Floor Conference Room A

Houston, TX 77027

 

Draft Candidate Projects Public Meeting

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane

2nd Floor Conference Room A.

Houston, TX 77027

 

Local Initiatives Projects (LIP) Funding Availability Presentation

Friday, August 21st, 2015

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor Conference Room B  
Houston TX 77027

 

Traffic Incident Management Training 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Houston TranStar
6922 Katy Road
Houston, TX 77024

 

2015 Clean Air Action "Best in Motion" Leadership Awards

September 10, 2015

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton in Greenway Plaza 
Houston, TX 77046

 

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Transportation Policy Council - July 24, 2015

The Transportation Policy Council (TPC) voted unanimously to release candidate transportation projects in the H-GAC service area for public review and comment. Applications from project sponsors were accepted through January 12, 2015. Initial review of the 188 applications prepared and submitted during the Call has been completed and questions and comments on each application have been transmitted to sponsors. A 30-day public comment period began on July 24, 2015 and will continue through August 25, 2015.  A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. To review the candidate projects, click HERE.

 

The 2016-2017 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) was adopted. The UPWP describes the transportation plans and programs and the transportation-related air quality planning activities. Through the development of the UPWP, changes in regional transportation planning priorities are identified. To view the 2016-2017 UPWP click HERE

 

The Draft Title VI Program Plan was released by the TPC for public comment. Due to H-GAC's involvement in a Transit Fleet Expansion project with The Woodlands Township, an updated Title VI program is required. This plan provides an important discussion of how Title VI is incorporated in the H-GAC metropolitan transportation planning process. Click to view the Draft Title VI Program Plan.

 

The TPC agenda and audio are available HERE.

 

Regional DWI Task Force Meeting - August 4, 2015

H-GAC is holding an information meeting for local law enforcement agencies about its Regional DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) 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. With funding received from TxDOT through its Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP), H-GAC funds overtime pay for agencies to assist in conducting enhanced DWI enforcement during select holiday weekends throughout the region. 

 

This information meeting is an opportunity to see if your agency would be interested in participating in this regional initiative.  During this meeting, we will be discussing how the Regional DWI Task Force works, the operating procedures and guidelines of the program and sample reporting documents for your review.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions to agencies who have participated in the Task Force.

 

Regional DWI Task Force Information Meeting

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor Conference Room B
Houston, TX 77027 

 

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

 



 

Traffic Incident Management Training - August 4, 2015

H-GAC will be holding an eight-hour, Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2) Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Training on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. 

This eight-hour course stresses how to address two objectives: safe procedures used to clear a crash scene and maximizing roadway space available for continued traffic movement. Participants will learn the importance of "quick clearance," one of the most effective actions to be taken. Participants are also provided important information related to effective Traffic Incident Management (TIM).

This course is available, free of charge, to persons working in Law enforcement, Fire departments, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Traffic control, Traffic Safety, Tow truck operators and Dispatchers. It qualifies for TCOLE Continuing Education/Professional Development Hours.

Traffic Incident Management Training 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Houston TranStar
6922 Katy Road
Houston, TX 77024
 

This course is restricted to 40 attendees, but additional courses will be offered in the future. If you have any questions, or are interested in attending, please contact Jeff Kaufman at 832-681-2533 or via e-mail at jeff.kaufman@h-gac.com.  

 

Draft Title VI Program Plan Public Meeting - August 6, 2015

H-GAC will host a public meeting on the Draft Title VI Program Plan on Thursday, August 6, 2015. The 14-day public comment period for the Draft Title VI Program Plan began on Monday, July 27, 2015 and ends on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend this important meeting to provide comments. Copies of the Draft Plan will be available at the public meeting and is also available for review at the following link: 

Draft Title VI Program Plan Public Meeting
Thursday, August 6, 2015

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane

2nd Floor Conference Room A

Houston, TX 77027


Written comments may be submitted to Transportation Public Information, Houston-Galveston Area Council, P.O. Box 22777, Houston, TX 77227-2777, faxed to 713-993-4508 or emailed to PublicComments@h-gac.com.

 

 

Draft Candidate Projects Public Meeting - August 11, 2015

H-GAC is announcing the opening of a public comment period for candidate transportation projects for state and/or federal funding assistance. The public comment period began on Monday, July 27, 2015 and ends on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. 


Draft Candidate Projects Public Meeting

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane

2nd Floor Conference Room A.

Houston, TX 77027

 

For more information please visit www.h-gac.com/taq/tip/2015-tip-call-for-projects.aspx. Comments received during the public comment period will be provided to the Transportation Policy Council for its consideration.

 

Local Initiatives Projects (LIP) Funding Availability Presentation

TCEQ logoOn August 21st, staff from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will provide information and answer questions regarding Local Initiatives Projects (LIP) funding and project eligibility. LIP provides funding to counties participating in the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Maintenance program (Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris and Montgomery Counties) for local projects to improve air quality. The 84th Texas Legislature significantly increased available LIP funding, with amounts ranging from $100,000 to $1,700,00 for each county. 

 

Local Initiatives Projects (LIP) Funding Availability Presentation

Friday, August 21st, 2015

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor Conference Room B  
Houston TX 77027

For more information on the LIP program, please visit the website

 

2015 Clean Air Action "Best in Motion" Leadership Awards

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.


Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg, Ph.D. Professor & Co-Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Dr. Klineberg will speak about the impact of the economic and demographic changes for the past 33 years. How has diversity impacted the quality of life and transportation choices for people who live and work in the Houston-Galveston region? What impact will continued population and employment growth have on transportation congestion and air quality in our region?
 

2015 Clean Air Action "Best in Motion" Leadership Awards

September 10, 2015

Registration: 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Program: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton in Greenway Plaza
Houston, TX 77046

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

 

 

City of Bellaire Declares August Commute Solutions Month

Bellaire Mayor Dr. Philip L. Nauert declared August as Commute Solutions Month and presented the declaration to Shelley Whitworth, H-GAC Air Program Manager at the Bellaire City Council meeting on July 20.

Commute Solutions Month encourages local governments, employers and citizens to take advantage of commute alternatives to help reduce air pollution and traffic congestion throughout the region. Solutions range from committing to take a bus or rail one day a week, teleworking from their home, riding their bike to work

For more information about the Commute Solutions and to learn more about carpooling, vanpooling, transit, and other available commute alternatives, please visit our website at www.mysolutionis.com

 

Livable Centers Call for Planning Study Partners

Livable Centers Brochure CoverH-GAC will be releasing a call for planning study partners for the Livable Centers program on July 30. Partners are local governments or other eligible project sponsors. This is not a request for proposals from consulting firms.The objective of the Livable Centers planning studies is to:

  • help create quality, walkable, mixed-use places, 
  • create multi-modal travel choices,
  • improve environmental quality, and 
  • promote economic development and housing choice. 

Study recommendations will ideally lead to locally sponsored Livable Centers projects for possible inclusion in the Regional Transportation Plan and future Transportation Improvement Programs. H-GAC anticipates identifying 3-4 Livable Centers studies to recommend for funding during fiscal years 2016-2017. 


Additional information and the application will be available on H-GAC livable centers page.

 

 

In Case You Missed it - Brown Bag Lunch Series - The Coming Resin Boom to the Gulf Coast

Gary-Furneaux-July-2015-Brown-Bag.jpgH-GAC hosted a Brown Bag Lunch presentation by Mr. Gary Furneaux. Gary leads the Supply Chain Capital Projects Group for ExxonMobil Chemical Company.  He discussed how the "Resin Boom" will affect freight transportation in our region.

 

To watch a video of the Brown Bag luncheon click HERE.

The PowerPoint presentation is available HERE.
 

 

 RCTP Call to Action and Request for Assistance

The Gulf Coast Regionally Coordinated Transportation Plan (RCTP) is a comprehensive multi-agency plan to better coordinate the public transportation services in our region. It was developed in 2006 and updated in 2011. The RCTP is scheduled to be updated again during FY 2016-2017. 


 

One of the priorities recommended in the updated Action Plan for 2015-2016 is the development of a coalition of local elected officials, business and community leaders to facilitate improvements to the regional transportation system. 
 

Other recommendations include the development of a regional mobility manager, a seamless fare system, better options to provide regional transit information and efforts to sustain and expand options for the transportation disadvantaged in locations or during times when traditional public transportation services are not available or inadequate.


Get involved today by visiting our website and downloading the RCTP Updated Action Plan for 2015-2016.

 

 

 Mobility NOW - Bicycling in Houston

Jeff Taebel, H-GAC's Director of Community and Environmental Planning, chats with area residents, community representatives and bicycling advocates about bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation.

Bob Stein, Rice University Professor and avid cyclist, shares his experiences of bicycle commuting to work and other activities around the community. Regina Garcia, Chair of Bike Houston, discusses planning ahead for bicycle trips and ways community members can get involved to help improve bicycle routes throughout the area. Ana Ramirez offers information on plans to enhance the region's transportation network through infrastructure improvements and better connectivity. Tim Tietjens, Director of Planning and Development for the City of La Porte, talks about how a local community is already working to provide more connected walking and bicycling routes for residents.

 

Charles Wemple, H-GAC's Chief Operations Officer, provides tips on how to bicycle to work safely


To watch the full episode, click HERE. You can watch Mobility NOW H-GAC's YouTube channel (TheHGACog) or MobilityNOW.tv.

 

 

H-GAC Announces Marine/Construction Equipment Grant Funding

H-GAC has announced grant funding available for regional marine vessel owners and regional construction equipment owners for the purchase and deployment of clean diesel or alternative fuel tug, tow/push boats, or heavy-duty construction equipment. The equipment must operate within the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB) non-attainment area and requires the destruction of the replaced equipment. Applicants are expected to provide two years of data collection and reporting. Responses to the Call for Projects must include CARB or EPA-certified equipment.
 

For more information regarding marine projects, please click HERE, and for more information regarding nonroad construction equipment, please 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 of 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 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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Click HERE to view the 2014 Regional Mobility Report

 

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