February 2016

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Transportation Policy Council - January 22, 2016

Gulf Coast Regionally Coordinated Transportation Plan Suggestion Box

Freedom CNG Fueling Station Grand Opening Event

Memorial City Transportation Fair

Upcoming Commute Solutions Events

In Case you Missed it Brown Bag Lunch Series

End-Of-Trip Facilities Guide Offers Tips for Companies to Make Biking Easier

Houston Bike Plan

H-GAC, TxDOT to Host Bicycle Planning Workshop

TCEQ Offers Grants for Natural Gas Vehicle Conversions and Purchases

Area Emission Reduction Credit Organization

H-GAC Working to Bring Electric Delivery Trucks to Houston

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Transportation Policy Council - January 22, 2016

2016 TPC Officers

 

The policy council approved the Nominating Committee's recommendations for 2016 TPC officers, one at-large position on the TPC, and 16 at-large positions on the Technical Advisory Committee. Brazoria County Judge, Matt Sebesta, will serve as chair; Pasadena City Council Member, Darrell Morrison, first vice chair; Chambers County Commissioner, Rusty Senac, second vice chair; Pearland Mayor, Tom Reid, secretary; and Judge Ed Emmett, past chair.


Outgoing TPC Members

The TPC recognized outgoing members Stephen C. Costello, Glenn A. Carlson and Richard Zientek. Outgoing Chairman Costello has been a member of the TPC from January 2010 to December 2015. He served as as Vice Chair from 2012-2014, and as the Chairman in 2015.

From Left to Right: Alan Clark, Director of Transportation for H-GAC, Matt Sebesta, 2016 TPC Chairman, Stephen Costello, 2015 TPC Chairman, and Mayor Tom Reid, TPC Secretary


Richard Zientek served as the Transportation Policy Advisor for Harris County Judge Ed Emmett from November, 2009 until January, 2016.

From Left to Right: Alan Clark, Director of Transportation for H-GAC, Matt Sebesta, 2016 TPC Chairman, Richard Zientek, Transportation Policy Advisor for Harris County, and Mayor Tom Reid, TPC Secretary



Other TPC Presentations

Mr. Jim Dickinson presented a brief summary of three proposed amendments to the TIP and 2040 RTP. Amendment #19, delays a local widening project to FY2024 in the 2040 RTP per sponsor request. Amendment #34 programs additional $2 million federal, state, and local funds to cover the shortfall on the Montrose Management District's US 59/IH 69 bridge lighting project. Amendment #2040-1 for $22 million programs future phases of five projects from the 2015 Call for Projects in the 2040 RTP to allow federal approval of design funding and environmental actions in the TIP. Click HERE to view the presentation.


The policy council heard a presentation about the completion of the South County Mobility Plan. Because of South Montgomery County's rapid growth, the study focused on actionable recommendations to improve mobility and access to jobs, homes, and services in the study area. Click HERE to watch the presentation. 

TxDOT Houston District staff presented an update of the IH 610 Express lane. The Express lanes would go from the I10 interchange to the I69 interchange and would be a four lane elevated facility down the middle of the 610 loop. To watch the complete presentation click HERE.

To watch the Transportation Policy Council meeting on February 26, 2016 Livestream click HERE.

Gulf Coast Regionally Coordinated Transportation Plan Suggestion Box

 

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Our new Suggestion Box is now available for you to submit your comments and ideas on how to improve transportation services available.


The purpose of the Regionally Coordinated Transportation Plan is to provide more efficient and effective public transportation services, especially for seniors (65 and older), persons with disabilities, persons with low incomes, veterans, youth, and others who need an alternative to driving.  

 

Submit your comments and ideas on how to improve community transportation options today!

 

Use #RctpHearMeOut on Facebook and Twitter 

Call toll free 1-855-363-2516

 

Background information and a "Suggestion Box" are available on the project website at www.ridethegulfcoast.com.

 

Freedom CNG Fueling Station Grand Opening Event

Freedom CNG is proud to announce the newest station which will be providing fuel to METRO's new CNG bus fleet for the years to come. Compressed natural gas burns cleaner than diesel fuel because it produces fewer particulates and ozone forming greenhouse gases when consumed.

 

This station is located inside the Pinto Business Park in North Houston at I-45 & Beltway 8 in North Houston.


For more information on Freedom CNG click HERE.

 

Memorial City Transportation Fair

H-GAC worked with Memorial City and area stakeholders in hosting the Memorial City Transportation Fair. With more than 200 people in attendance, the purpose of the event was to inform and encourage local commuters, employers, and the general public to try an alternative mode of commuting. Whether it's how to ride on the METRO bus or which bike path to take to work, attendees walked away with strategies on how they can make their commute a less stressful, and a cost effective experience. Live entertainment and raffle prize giveaways were also a part of the fun!

 

For more information about Commute Solutions please click HERE.

Any questions surrounding the event, or future Commute Solutions events should be directed to chrese.jackson@h-gac.com

 

Upcoming Commute Solutions Events

H-GAC is teaming up with Rice University and the University of Houston to inform fans and students about various commute alternatives. Commute Solutions encourages fans to try a commute alternative at least once a month, whether it's riding the METRO bus or joining a colleague in a carpool. For more information about Commute Solutions please visit www.commutesolutionshouston.org

 

University of Houston Basketball

Saturday, February 13, 2015

Tip-off at 2:00 PM

Hofheinz Pavilion

 

Any questions surrounding these events, or future Commute Solutions events should be directed to chrese.jackson@h-gac.com

 

In Case you Missed it Brown Bag Lunch Series

JEFF TAEBELH-GAC hosted a Brown Bag Lunch presentation by Jeff Taebel, Director of Community and Environmental Planning for H-GAC on Monday, January 25, 2016. Jeff introduced '"Mapping Tools to Enhance Mobility Alternatives," to an audience of more than 50 attendees.

 

The new on-line mapping tools help communities identify the places which have the greatest potential for mobility alternatives to driving and are most conducive to walking, bicycling and transit use. Much interest and interaction was expressed by the audience who watched a live demonstration on how to use these tools.  

 

To watch a video of the Brown Bag luncheon click HERE

The PowerPoint presentation is 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.

 

Houston Bike Plan

View the City of Houston Bike Plan when it is released on February 15th at www.houstonbikeplan.org and provide feedback! 

 

An interactive mapping tool will also be available to view bike network recommendations at a more detailed neighborhood level. The Houston Bike Plan team will be at outreach events across the city in late February through mid-March to present the plan and answer your questions. 

 

Be sure to visit the website for information on future meetings and to sign up for email notifications.

 

H-GAC, TxDOT to Host Bicycle Planning Workshop

Bike commuters with backpacksH-GAC's Pedestrian-Bicyclist Program is hosting a workshop, Working with TxDOT to Implement Pedestrian/Bicycle Improvements: Projects, Process, and People.


Representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will provide information on a variety of issues related to pedestrian and bicycle planning in the region, such as:  

  • How TxDOT plans for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Proposed and completed pedestrian/bicycle projects sponsored by TxDOT
  • Tips on navigating TxDOT's funding and contracting processes
  • TxDOT representatives working in communities 


Bicycle Planning Workshop
Thursday, February 18, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council
2nd Floor Conference Room B
Houston, TX 77027


This event is free, and pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact Andrew Pompei at 832-681-2598.  



 

TCEQ Offers Grants for Natural Gas Vehicle Conversions and Purchases

TCEQ logoThe Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced that applications are now being accepted for the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program to improve air quality. Grants are available in one or more of the counties listed under the Clean Transportation Triangle (CTT) program, to include non-attainment areas, affected counties, and other counties inside the triangle area.

These Texas Emissions Reduction Plan grants provide up to $37.8 million to entities that own and operate heavy-duty or medium-duty motor vehicles to replace vehicles with a natural gas vehicle or re-power the vehicles with a natural gas engine.

Applications will be accepted up to May 26, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., or until all funding has been awarded, whichever occurs earlier.


For more information click HERE.


 

 

Area Emission Reduction Credit Organization

H-GAC's Clean Vehicles Program in conjunction with Area Emission Reduction Credit Organization (AERCO) has $200,000 to allocate toward the purchase and installation of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or California Air Resources Board (CARB) certified retrofit and idle reduction technologies. These Supplemental Environmental Project funds (SEPs) will be spent for technologies installed on school buses in Harris, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Waller, Galveston, Liberty or Montgomery counties. For more information, please contact program staff by calling 713-993-2488 or via email at cleanvehicles@h-gac.com.

 

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 for 18 new delivery vehicles. This effort is part of an attempt 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 fleet partners who would like assistance in adding several all-electric medium-duty delivery vehicles to their fleet. For more information, please contact Andrew DeCandis at or 832-681-2589.

 

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