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February 2015

In This Issue
Transportation Policy Council - January 23, 2015
Prop 1 Funding and IH 10 East - Public Meeting
Bringing Back Main Street Workshop Series
2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)
Brown Bag Lunch Series - Regional Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan
Park-and-Ride Service Growing in Galveston County
UPS to deploy Electric Delivery Vehicles in Houston
Did you Know ...?
H-GAC in the News
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Meetings & Events
TAC - Wednesday, February 18, 2015
 
TPC - Friday, February 27, 2015 

 

 

Prop 1 and IH 10 East Public Meetings

 

February 3, 2015

11:30--1:30 p.m.

TxDOT Houston District Offices

7600 Washington Street

Houston, TX 77007


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

5:30--7:30 p.m.

Rosenberg Civic and Convention Center, Rm B

3825 Highway 36 South

Rosenberg, TX 77471

 

Bringing Back Main Street - Workshops


Thursday, February 5, 2015 - Realizing Your Vision 

 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - Selling Your Vision 


9:30 a.m.

Rosenberg Civic and Convention Center 

3825 Highway 36 South 

Rosenberg, TX 77471 

H-GAC's YouTube Channel 
Transportation Policy Council - January 23, 2015

On January 23 the TPC adopted the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).  The 2040 RTP provides a guide for maintaining and improving the current transportation system and identifies priority transportation investments. The 2040 RTP is the latest update to a continuous planning process involving the eight central counties of the thirteen-county region. To view the plan click HERE and for more information read the article below. 


The Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan was approved. It is a long-range plan that describes the region's vision for enhancing pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. You can view the plan HERE  

Image Courtesy of Guidry News


Judge Ed Emmett was honored for his service as Chair of the TPC for 2012-2014. He will remain as Past Chair on the TPC as a voting member. Council Member Stephen Costello will serve as the new TPC Chair in 2015.  

 

The TPC agenda with audio is available HERE. 

 

Prop 1 Funding and IH 10 East - Public Meeting

The Transportation Policy Council (TPC) approved the request for receipt of public comment on a list of proposed projects to be funded with Proposition 1 dollars from the State of Texas. The public comment will be open through February 9, 2015. For more information about Proposition 1 click HERE.

 

H-GAC will be holding two public meetings to receive comment on two proposed major amendments to the 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP.)  

FY 2015 Proposition 1 Funding

On November 4, 2014 Texas voters approved Proposition 1, amending the State Constitution to authorize a portion of the State's "rainy day" fund to be directed toward unmet needs on the State highway system. H-GAC worked with the TxDOT Houston and Beaumont Districts to develop a list of project priorities for the first year of Proposition 1 funding. 

 

IH 10E Widening

The Texas Transportation Commission has committed $26.5 million to the reconstruction and widening of IH 10 East in Chambers County. 

  

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

TxDOT Houston District Office

7600 Washington Street

Houston, TX 77007

 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Rosenberg Civic and Convention Center, Rm B

3825 Highway 36 South

Rosenberg, TX 77471

 

The public comment period will end on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comments to H-GAC. 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. 

Bringing Back Main Street Workshops

Bringing Back Main Street Logo H-GAC will host Bringing Back Main Street, a series of workshops focusing on tools small cities and towns can use to revitalize their downtown area. Experts from throughout Texas will provide tips for creating an economically vibrant Main Street.


Bringing Back Main Street - Workshops

Rosenberg Civic and Convention Center 

3825 Highway 36 South

Rosenberg, TX 77471

 

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - Realizing Your Vision 

Learn about policies, programs, and funding tools that can support and encourage investment in downtown. Register.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - Selling Your Vision 
Learn how your community can market its downtown to residents, businesses, and visitors. Register.

 

These all day sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Andrew Pompei at (832) 681-2598.

2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

As our region adds three to four million residents over the next 25 years, existing transportation funding resources do not support the levels of investment necessary to supply adequate mobility and accessibility in the future. The 2040 RTP provides a responsible guide for maintaining and improving the current transportation system and identifies priority transportation investments. This is the latest update to a continuous planning process involving the eight central counties of the thirteen-county region.

The recommended investments in the plan total approximately $75 billion in 2015 dollars. Based on the Plan goals, performance outcomes and investment strategies, most of this funding supports ongoing maintenance, replacement and operation of existing transportation infrastructure and services.

As part of the 2040 RTP planning process there was a robust public outreach campaign stretching across three years and throughout the region. This included public meetings, open houses, television and video presentations, radio interviews, and many valuable discussions with key partner agencies and transportation stakeholders. Overall, more than 60 events were held and approximately 3,000 instances of public input have been documented.

 

To view the plan visit www.2040plan.org.

Brown Bag Lunch Series - Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

JEFF TAEBEL H-GAC hosted a Brown Bag Lunch presentation by Jeff Taebel, Director of Community and Environmental Planning for H-GAC on January 19, 2015. He spoke about the first update of the Regional Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan since 2007. It is a long-range document describing our region's vision for enhancing pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure within the eight-county Transportation Management Area (TMA). 


To watch a video of the Brown Bag luncheon click HERE


The PowerPoint presentation is available HERE

 

Park-and-Ride Service Growing in Galveston County 

Passengers onboard one of the new larger sized express buses from the Victory Lakes Park and Ride Lot are smiling because some of them have been standing during the commute between League City and Galveston.

 

James Hollis the Transportation Director for GCC/Connect Transit is excited because the larger vehicles add needed capacity to the increasingly popular express bus service. Funding was provided by grants from the Texas Department of Transportation, facilitated by H-GAC staff, and local stakeholders' contributions.

 

For more information about Connect Transit services in Galveston and Brazoria counties call (409) 945-0820 or visit www.gulfcoastcenter.org.

 

UPS to deploy Electric Delivery Vehicles in Houston

Clean Cities 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. The goal for 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. This will also significantly reduce vehicle emissions and petroleum consumption.

 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded this grant to H-GAC with the objective to accelerate the introduction of electric transportation technologies into the cargo transport sector. H-GAC is soliciting additional project partners for at least another 12 zero-emission delivery vehicles in the greater Houston area. Interested fleets can find out more at: http://www.h-gac.com/purchasing/rfp/trn14-06.aspx.

 

Did you know ...?
New Record for Houston Airports
53 MILLION 
PASSENGERS
 

4.5 percent increase from 2013*

Click HERE for story.

*Source: Houston Airport System

H-GAC in the News



H-GAC to give pedestrian, bike plan update

14 Houston-area road projects could get funding

Rosenberg works with regional officials to upgrade 90A corridor

Push is on for feeder traffic access to shopping center

Township Update - The Woodlands Township

City proposes 288 feeder south of FM 518
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