August 2016
Transportation Policy Council - July 22, 2016                                 
TPC First Vice Chair Darrell Morrison, TPC Chair Matt Sebesta, Jeff Moseley, Secretary Tom Reid, and MPO Director Alan Clark
On July 22, 2016 the The Transportation Policy Council (TPC) approved a Resolution 
of Commendation for Commissioner Jeff Moseley for his service to the Houston-Galveston Region. Mr. Moseley served as a Texas Transportation Commission Member from 2012-2016.

The TPC approved $2 Million of Surface 
Transportation Program Metropolitan Mobility Funds for the development of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (D.E.I.S) for the 36A corridor in Fort Bend and Waller Counties. The proposed D.E.I.S is for the northern section of the project; from IH 69 to Hwy 6. The study will provide engagement opportunities with communities, residents and business owners along the proposed corridor.

The TPC approved the transmittal of comments on the proposed 2017-2026 Unified Transportation Program (UTP) to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). 
H-GAC MPO Director, Alan Clark, discussed UTP funding which totals $66 billion dollars statewide. Funding for the UTP includes sources as the federal Fast Act, state Propositions 1 and 7. Mr. Clark reviewed the recommended comments to TxDOT with the Council. Mr. Marc Williams, TxDOT Deputy Executive Director, made remarks and answered questions regarding the UTP now up for public comment. 

Presentations and video of this TPC meeting can be viewed on the H-GAC website HERE.
Commute Solutions Press Conference & Festival
You're invited to join H-GAC for the re-launch of the Commute Solutions Program,a campaign encouraging solo drivers to try a commute alternative once a week. Learn more about smarter ways to go to and from work!



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Thursday, August 4, 2016
11:30a.m.- 1:30p.m.
Houston City Hall
901 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002
Downtown Houston

Workplace Electric Charging Stations in the Region
As a part of the celebration of National Drive Electric Week, H-GAC and the Houston-Galveston Clean Cities Coalition will host the Establishing Workplace EV Charging Stations Panel Discussion at the University of Houston. A panel will discuss the benefits of workplace charging and provide information for employers looking to implement workplace charging. Charging stations are a tool to help with recruiting and retaining employees in addition to providing flexibility by increasing vehicle driving range.



Panel members include:
  • Dave Asheim, Electric Vehicle Charging Executive at ChargePoint
  • Bill Donovan,  Manager, Parking & Transportation Administrative Facilities & Campus Operations at MD Anderson
  • Bill Williams, Business Development Manager at Telefonix Inc. 
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Thursday, September 15, 2016
11:300a.m.- 1:00p.m.
University of Houston
Student Center South (565)
Skyline (Rm 223)
4455 University Dr.
Houston, TX 77204
Clean Cities Members Learn About New Advances
H-GAC and the Houston-Galveston Clean Cities 
Coalition recently hosted a joint workshop together with the Houston Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance to discuss the current state of natural gas availability. Participants listened to a presentation by Jorge Gonzales of Cummins Westport Inc. 

Mr. Gonzales presented information about his company's new ISL G Near Zero engine.The ISL G Near Zero (NZ) natural gas engine is designed for medium-duty truck, urban bus, school bus, and refuse applications and has exhaust emissions 90% lower than the current EPA nitrogen oxide limit. Additionally, the ISL G NZ meets 2017 EPA greenhouse gas emission requirements. Cummins Westport expects these new engines will become available to the general public in late 2016.
H-GAC, Local Governments to Complete Bike/Ped Study
Is your community interested in completing a 
pedestrian/bicycle plan? H-GAC coordinates Special Districts Studies in areas where there are significant opportunities to replace car trips with pedestrian and/or bicycle travel. These studies identify specific infrastructure improvements that can improve mobility for those walking and biking.
 
Later this month, H-GAC will release a call for planning study partners. Local governments will be invited to submit proposals to conduct pedestrian/ bicycle implementation studies within their jurisdictions.
 
For information, contact Andrew Pompei at 832-681-2598.
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Commute Solutions Festival
Thursday, August 4, 2016
11:30a.m. - 1:30p.m.
Hermann Square
901 Bagby St
Houston, TX 77002
Downtown Houston
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
Wednesday, August 17, 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, August 26, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Fl. Conference Room B.
Houston, TX 77027
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