December 2016
H-GAC Board of Directors - November 15, 2016
Rick Guerrero, H-GAC Intergovernmental Relations Manager; Jack Steele, H-GAC Executive Director; Chuck Wemple, H-GAC Chief Operations Officer; and Nancy Haussler, H-GAC Chief Financial Officer. 
(Photo courtesy of Guidry News)

The Houston-Galveston Board of Directors unanimously approved a request for authorization to enter into an inter-agency agreement with METRO for the on-board transit survey. An agreement will also be negotiated to perform the survey with a consulting firm. This survey provides information about the characteristics and travel patterns of transit users in the H-GAC region by collecting statistically valid information from transit riders using light rail, fixed-route local bus, and commuter bus. It will include transit riders served by all public transportation providers in the eight county metropolitan region. 

The board also approved the authorization to negotiate an agreement with the highest qualified consultant firm to conduct planning services for Waller County Mobility Plan. The Waller County Mobility Plan will examine current and future transportation, land use, and socio-economic conditions within  Waller County and surrounding areas. This plan will help to identify and determine future transportation infrastructure needs while preserving the county's environmentally sensitive areas, land uses, and cultural heritage. 
H-GAC Releases Instant Impact Guide
H-GAC announces the release of the Instant Impact 
Guide. This 20-page guide offers information on quick, temporary low-cost projects that can help create active, walkable, and bikeable placesInstant impact projects can help build momentum by increasing public awareness and support. They are also a good way to test new ideas before designs and policies are finalized.
 
The guide includes tips for how to plan an instant impact project, a toolbox of elements to help create a safer and more comfortable environment for pedestrians and bicyclists, and case studies demonstrating successful instant impact projects across the region and beyond.
 
The Instant Impact Guide is available for download on the Livable Centers publication page HERE under the "Implementation and Planning Studies" tab. For more information or to request a printed copy, contact Cheryl Mergo at 713-993-4520.
H-GAC Launches Regional Building Inventory Interactive App
The Houston-Galveston Area Council's new interactive web application, the Regional Building Inventory Snapshot (2015), explores the 2015 regional building inventory and analyzes the development patterns based on building type, housing units, and non-residential square feet.
 
The app is powered by H-GAC's Building Inventory Database, based on appraisal data collected and processed from individual County Appraisal Districts in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties.
 

The Regional Building Inventory Snapshot app is available HERE using filter keywords "Land Use" and "Planning."
Pedestrian Evaluation Tool
Sidewalks, paths, intersections, and other pedestrian amenities are an important part of the transportation network. H-GAC now provides a Pedestrian Evaluation Tool to help local governments and other interested stakeholders evaluate the safety, comfort and convenience of pedestrian facilities in their community, helping to plan future infrastructure investments.

This tool, available online and as a printable PDF, is intended to be used for preliminary planning and project prioritization.

View the Pedestrian Evaluation Tool HERE.
 
For more information, contact Cheryl Mergo at .
University of Houston Road Warriors
Commute Solutions will be on the University of Houston campus again this Saturday, December 3, as they take on Prairie View A&M on the basketball court. As part of the Road Warriors campaign, attendees will be informed of commute alternatives and encouraged to try one, such as METRORail or carpooling. Stop by this Saturday to learn more, or find other Commute Solutions events by visiting www.findasmarterwaytowork.org

December 3, 2016
U of H vs Prairie View A&M
Hofheinz Pavilion
4:00 p.m.

Let TERP Keep Your Business Rolling! Grant funding available to upgrade diesel equipment
The TCEQ's Texas Emissions Reduction Plan staff will be hosting several workshops in the Houston area in the month of December. TERP Staff will provide assistance to individuals and businesses applying for grants to improve air quality by replacing or retrofitting heavy-duty equipment, including large diesel engines.

Upcoming Workshops

TERP Grant Forum 
December 5, 2016 
1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 
Riverplace 421 N Brazosport Blvd
Freeport, TX 77541

ERIG Application Assistance Workshop 
December 13, 2016 
8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. 
Tracy Gee Community Center 3599 Westcenter Drive 
Houston, TX 77042
Become a Road Warrior for a Smarter Commute
MEET Bob. 
What began as a necessity has, over the years, turned into a passion. Bob Stein, a political science prodessor at Rice University, moved to Houston with his family in 1979. They only had one car, so he rode his bike to work-11 miles one way, two or three days a week. 

Soon he was biking to work every day, something he's continued ever since even though his commute is five miles longer than it used to be. "I ride because it's very relaxing," Bob says. "I meet the most interesting people on the bike trails." 

Though helping the environment wasn't his original motivation for biking to work, Bob appreciates that positive side effect. So do others. Bob was recently stopped 
by a couple who live near Rice University. They said they had seen him riding for years and wanted to thank him for not putting another car on the road.
 
Be like Bob, and give your commute an upgrade.
Become a Road Warrior for a smarter commute. Carpool, vanpool, bus, bike or rail-try something new one day a week.

To learn more about Boband smarter ways to commute, visit www.findasmarterwaytowork.org
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Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
Wednesday, December 7, 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, December 16, 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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