visionNewMasthead

Houston-Galveston Area Council

December 2013
In This Issue
Regional DWI Task Force
Amendments to the 2035 RTP Update
TCEQ Announces New Grants for Alternative Fuel and Natural Gas Fueling Stations
New Terminal Opens at Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport
H-GAC Launches Airport GIS Tool
Mobility NOW Presents...
Intersection and Interchange Geometrics Webinar
Did you know...?
H-GAC in the News
Join Our Mailing List!
Meetings & Events
TAC - Wednesday, December 11, 2013
 
TPC - Friday, December 20, 2013 

CTT/AFFP grant application workshop
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tracy Gee Community Center 
3599 Westcenter Drive
Houston, TX 77042 
 
Intersection and Interchange Geometrics Webinar
December 4, 2013
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
TxDOT District Office
7600 Washington St. 
Houston, TX 77007

2035 RTP Update Public Meeting    
Thursday, December 5, 2013 
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
H-GAC Conference Room A
3555 Timmons Lane
Houston, TX 77027 

 

 

H-GAC's YouTube Channel 
Click to subscribe! 
youtube 
Regional DWI Task Force 
Driving While under the Influence (DWI) of alcohol or drugs is a leading contributor to traffic fatalities. H-GAC is kicking off the second year of its Regional DWI Task Force. The Task Force operates over seven holiday periods - Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Spring Break, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. During its pilot run, the Task Force, consisting of 15 participating agencies, made 216 DWI arrests and handed out 842 citations for other traffic infractions. As of Thanksgiving, 19 agencies have signed up to participate in the Task Force for FY 2014.
 
The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant from TxDOT allows various agencies in the region the opportunity to participate in enhanced DWI enforcement activities during holidays when DWI tends to increase. 
 
Due to the requirements for obtaining STEP grants, many smaller agencies may not qualify individually to receive such a grant. By pooling the funding under a single regional grant application from H-GAC, these smaller law enforcement agencies will be able to participate and assist in curtailing drunk driving in the region. This H-GAC program is not, however, limited to smaller local governments. 


If your agency's police department is interested in being a part of this regional effort to reduce drunk driving, please contact Jeff Kaufman at 832-681-2533 or at jeff.kaufman@h-gac.com. There is still funding for several additional agencies to participate.  

Amendments to the 2035 RTP Update
FebruaryThoroughfareMeetingH-GAC is announcing the opening of a public comment period for Amendments to the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Update. The City of Galveston and the Gulf Coast Center (in collaboration with the City of Alvin, City of Dickinson, City of Kemah, City of Texas City and the University of Texas Medical Branch) are proposing the addition of seven transit projects to the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan Update. These proposed projects support the expansion of transit services and improved access to existing transit services within Galveston and Brazoria counties. 
2035 RTP Update Public Meeting    
Thursday, December 5, 2013
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
H-GAC Conference Room A
3555 Timmons Lane
Houston, TX 77027 

The public comment period began on November 27, 2013 and ends on December 9, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. 

 

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

 

For more information click here

  

TCEQ Announces New Grants for Alternative Fuel and Natural Gas Fueling Stations 

TCEQ logo The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced that up to $7.6 million in grants is available to eligible individuals, businesses, and governmental entities to continue the development of a network of alternative fuel and/or natural gas fueling stations in Texas. The Clean Transportation Triangle (CTT) and Alternative Fueling Facilities Program (AFFP) grants are part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, and are offered to eligible entities that intend to build, own and operate alternative fuel and/or natural gas fueling stations in eligible Texas counties.

The CTT/AFFP Joint 'Request for Grant Application' (RFGA) opened Friday, November 15, 2013. The application deadline is Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 5:00 p.m., CST.

Because of the similarities between these programs, the TCEQ is soliciting applications for both programs under this joint RFGA and is providing joint forms to apply to one or both programs, depending on the eligibility of the project.  

CTT/AFFP Grant Application Workshop
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tracy Gee Community Center 
3599 Westcenter Drive
Houston, TX 77042
 

Reservations are not required.

For more information on the grant programs and to access up-to-date information on the application process, specific geographic eligibility requirements, and copies of forms for both programs, visit www.terpgrants.org or call 800-919-TERP (8377). 
New Terminal Opens at Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport 
The Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport celebrated the opening of a new airport terminal on November 1, 2013. The 11,000 square-foot facility is one of the largest general aviation terminals in the region. The $2.7 million terminal was funded by Brazoria County, the Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).   
 
Airport_Opening
(Left to Right) State Representative Dennis Bonnen, Lake Jackson Mayor Joe Rinehart, Brazoria County Commissioner Donald "Dude" Payne, County Commissioner Matt Sebesta, Aviation Director Jeff Bilyeu, County Judge Joe King, County Commissioner Larry Stanley, and County Commissioner Stacy Adams at the terminal opening.
"The terminal is the next phase in a 20-year, $34 million master plan," said Jeff Bilyeu, Director of Aviation. The airport's 7,000 foot runway was reconstructed in 2010 during the first phase. 

The airport is designated by the FAA as a reliever to Houston's Hobby and is certified to operate under Federal Aviation Regulation Part 139.

  

For more information visit www.flylbx.org.

  

H-GAC Launches Airport GIS Tool

The Airport GIS Viewer is a new web tool that depicts geographical features around airports in the H-GAC Region. These features include vertical obstructions, landfills, wetlands, roadway projects, traffic counts and land use. The Airport GIS Viewer was developed by H-GAC through a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.
  

Check out the Airport GIS Viewer at http://aviation.h-gac.com.

 

  

 

Mobility NOW - Access Management Special

The latest Special from Mobility NOW takes a look at the benefits of Access Management. Access Management is a low-cost solution to crashes and congestion in heavy traffic corridors. It focuses on restructuring access points on roadways, like driveways, turning points and traffic lights.  


Learn more about turn lanes, consolidated driveways, synchronized lights and crosswalks. Access Management is proven to reduce crashes by fifty percent.  Click the image to the right to watch now.   

 

Mobility NOW is brought to you by H-GAC so you can learn more about the way we move around our area. Make sure to subscribe to the H-GAC YouTube channel for more videos on regional mobility. 



Intersection and Interchange Geometrics Webinar 

Join the Federal Highway Administration, the Loan Star Local Technical Assistance Program Center, and the Texas Department of Transportation for a presentation on Intersection and Interchange Geometrics via facilitated discussions on:

 

Intersection and Interchange Geometrics Webinar

December 4, 2013
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
TxDOT District Office
7600 Washington St., 

Houston, TX 77007

Group discussions will be included, so please bring your best thinking and your list of questions.

Visit the website for more information.   

 

Did you know...?

 

 

 

25 million passengers boarded planes in the Houston Airport System last year between Bush and Hobby Airports.

 


H-GAC in the News 

H-GAC present plans for FM 1092  

 

H-GAC Home Rule Cities elect members to Board of Directors  

 

Group directs attention to West Houston mobility 

  

 

 

Quick Links

This email was sent to mike.fuller@h-gac.com by mike.fuller@h-gac.com |  
Houston-Galveston Area Council | PO Box 22777 | Houston | TX | 77227-2777