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December 2015

In This Issue
Transportation Policy Council - November 20, 2015
End-Of-Trip Facilities Guide Offers Tips for Companies to Make Biking Easier
Greenway Plaza Transportation Survey
H-GAC Working to Bring Electric Delivery Trucks to Houston
Fueling METRO from the Freedom CNG Station
EPA Ozone Standards Raised for Public Health
Local Initiatives Projects (LIP) Funding Availability Presentation
H-GAC Announces Marine/Construction Equipment Grant Funding
Funding Available for Electric Delivery Vehicles in Houston
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Transportation Policy Council - November 20, 2015
The TPC approved an additional nine projects to the 10-Year Plan funding scenarios. At the October meeting, the TPC approved two project funding scenarios dependent on the outcome of the Proposition 7 ballot initiative. On November 3, 2015 Texas voters approved Proposition 7. This provided the opportunity to modify the funding of approved mobility projects utilizing the Prop 7 funds and direct federal funds towards Alternative Mode projects. Staff has determined that approximately $55 million of federal funds could be freed up. A complete summary of the of the projects to be included in the 10-year plan can be found HERE.

The TPC was briefed on proposed project revisions and schedule for a new Transportation Conformity Determination. The previous Conformity Determination for the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) received federal approval on September 11, 2015. Since the adoption of the 10-year-plan and other changes, a conformity determination is required. For the proposed schedule, click HERE.
 
An update was presented on the Ports Area Economic Development and how they affect the region. TPC member and Commission Chairman, 
Janiece Longoria, introduced the presentation by Chad Burke, President & CEO of the Economics Alliance - Houston Port Region, followed by Mike Wilson, the Economic Director of Port Freeport, and Peter Simons, the Deputy Director for the Port of Galveston. To view the video of all the presentations, click HERE.
 
The TPC agenda with audio and video are available HERE.

End-Of-Trip Facilities Guide Offers Tips for Companies to Make Biking Easier
Although more places are connected to the region's growing bicycle network, cyclists may be unable to store their bikes, fix a flat tire, or freshen up once they reach their destination. H-GAC just released End-of-Trip Facilities: A Planning Guide for the Houston-Galveston Region, which identifies different types of end-of-trip facilities public and private entities can provide to make it easier for visitors and employees to arrive by bike.
 
The guide is organized into three sections, which address bicycle parking (Lock Up), bicycle repair (Tune Up), and changing facilities for cyclists (Clean Up). Case studies from our region and beyond demonstrate how companies are successfully making end-of-trip facilities available for their employees and visitors.
Greenway Plaza Transportation Survey
H-GAC is partnering with Cousins Properties to identify projects, policies, and programs that could make it easier to walk and bike around Greenway Plaza, one of Houston's largest employment centers. 

H-GAC is currently working with a team of experts and local stakeholders to develop recommendations on how public and private entities can work together to improve mobility for pedestrians and cyclists. Public meetings and other events will be held in late 2015 and early 2016, where those living, working, and playing in Greenway Plaza can share their ideas on how to improve the area.


Take a survey to tell us about your experiences traveling around Greenway Plaza.
 
H-GAC Working to Bring Electric Delivery Trucks to Houston
H-GAC is working to bring all-electric delivery vehicles to Houston's roads through a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This program has already resulted in a partnership with United Parcel Service (UPS) to provide assistance to bring 18 new delivery vehicles to Houston's roads. This work is part of a partnership to accelerate the introduction and deployment of electric vehicles in the cargo transportation sector within the Houston-region.

"Meeting today's complex sustainability challenges requires public-private partnerships," said Shelley Whitworth of H-GAC. "These zero emission vehicles will help improve air quality in the Houston-Galveston area."

H-GAC is searching for additional fleets to assist adding medium duty electric vehicles. For more information, please contact Andrew DeCandis at or 832-681-2589.
Fueling METRO from the Freedom CNG Station
Freedom CNG is proud to announce their newest station will be providing fuel to Houston's METRO's new CNG bus fleet for the years to come. The Freedom CNG station, their third in Houston, will open to the public in the 4th Quarter of 2015 and is located inside the Pinto Business Park in North Houston at I-45 & Beltway 8 located inside the Pinto Business Park in North Houston.

For more information on Freedom CNG stations click HERE.
EPA Ozone Standards Raised for Public Health
On October 1st the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strengthened the national standard for ground-level ozone pollution to 70 parts per billion (ppb) from 75 ppb. Based on extensive scientific evidence, the new standard will improve public health particularly for at-risk groups including children, the elderly, and people suffering from heart and lung diseases. 

Ozone is a primary component of smog and is formed when nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds emitted primarily from industrial facilities and motor vehicles react in the presence of sunlight. To learn more about ozone and the new ozone standard, please visit the EPA's website HERE.
 
Local Initiatives Projects (LIP) Funding Availability Presentation

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The Local Initiatives Program (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. 

 

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


 


 

 

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.
 

More information regarding marine projects is available HERE, and information regarding nonroad construction equipment is available HERE.  

Funding Available for Electric Delivery Vehicles in Houston
H-GAC is currently soliciting fleet partners for the deployment of zero-emission delivery vehicles in the greater Houston area. Grant funding is available through a grant from The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), with the goal of demonstrating the viability of all-electric delivery vehicles in the region. The vehicles must operate within the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria non-attainment area and applicants will be responsible for two years of data collection and reporting. Technical assistance is available to fleets wishing to gauge the appropriateness of electric vehicles for their business. For more information, click HERE.
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