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Houston-Galveston Area Council

January 2014
In This Issue
Transportation Policy Council - December 20, 2013
West Houston Subregional Planning Initiative - Public Meeting and Open House
Brown Bag Lunch:Texas High Speed Rail
Transportation Studies in Montgomery County
The Art of Transportation: H-GAC 40th Anniversary
Mobility NOW Presents...
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H-GAC in the News
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Meetings & Events
TAC - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
 
TPC - Friday, January 24, 2014
 

West Houston Subregional Planning Initiative
Public Meeting and Open House 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tracy Gee Community Center
3599 Westcenter Drive
Houston, TX 77042 

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

 

Brown Bag Lunch 

Monday, January 20, 2014 

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane

2nd Floor Conference Room A

Houston, TX 77027


South Montgomery County Mobility Plan Public Meeting
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
7:00 p.m.
The Woodlands Township Office
2801 Technology Forest Boulevard
Board Chambers Room
The Woodlands, Texas 77381
 
40th Anniversary of the MPO - Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Two Allen Center Lobby
1200 Smith Street
Houston, TX 77002 

 

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Transportation Policy Council - December 20, 2013

On Friday, December 20, 2013, the TPC approved one Amendment to the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan Update. The amendment included seven transit services projects in Brazoria and Galveston counties. Amendments to the 2014-2015 Unified Planning Work Program were also approved. 
 

A Resolution for the award of Transportation Development Credits (TDCs) to projects in the 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) was approved. TDCs are earned through local investments in toll roadways and are used to satisfy matching requirements when using federal funds. As these credits are not cash, they are effective only when sufficient federal funds are available to support all project expenses.

 

Both roadway and transit projects received TDC awards, including the rehabilitation of Seawall Blvd in the City of Galveston and METRO's Burnett Transit Center roadway access project as well as expansions to METRO's 402 Bellaire Quickline and 426 Swiftline services. Fort Bend County's job access (WHEELS) and demand response (G.A.P.S.) transit services also received TDCs.  

 
Photo: Guidry News Service
The TPC voted unanimously to approve a resolution commending Houston City Council Member Melissa Noriega for her two years of service on the TPC. She is leaving Houston City Council because of term limits.

David Wurdlow gave an overview of the timeline for development of the 2015-18 TIP. This will involve a two-step process with a call for projects beginning in the Summer of 2014.

Stephan Gage presented the FM 517/SH 3 Access Management Study key findings and recommendations. Improvements in the League City/Dickinson area included intersection geometric changes, addition/removal of signals, access control modifications, traffic signal modifications, and raised medians, among others.
 
Alan Clark previewed activities for the photo exhibit in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Metropolitan Planning Organization. This event will feature key transportation milestones of the past 40 years as well as transportation challenges in the future. 

 

The TPC agenda with audio is available with one click

West Houston Subregional Planning Initiative - Public Meeting and Open House

H-GAC invites area residents, business owners, community members and local officials to attend a public meeting to provide comments on the West Houston Subregional Planning Initiative (SPI), also known as the West Houston Mobility Plan.

A Subregional Planning Initiative study is being conducted to identify transportation goals through long-range planning and implementation strategies. A public meeting and open house will be held from 6:00-7:30 p.m. to present findings on existing conditions, future population and employment growth scenarios, and potential infrastructure and policy strategies in the study area.

West Houston Subregional Planning Initiative
Public Meeting and Open House
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Tracy Gee Community Center
3599 Westcenter Drive
Houston, TX 77042
6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

H-GAC representatives will be available at this meeting to answer questions. For more information about the West Houston Mobility Study, visit www.mywesthouston.com.

Brown Bag Lunch: Texas High Speed Rail

You are invited to H-GAC's January Brown Bag Series presentation on Texas High Speed Rail by former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels, President of the Lone Star High Speed Rail, LLC. He is recognized as a national leader in issues of transportation, public finance/public private partnerships, homeland security, the environment and health care. Judge Eckels current legal practice is built on decades of public service for the third largest county in the nation. 


Eckels is
the founding chairman of the Texas High Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation, a coalition of local governments, educational institutions and the private sector working to bring high speed rail to Texas. Eckels left that organization in 2010 to join Lone Star High Speed Rail, LLC; a private enterprise seeking to build a high speed rail system linking the major metropolitan areas of Texas with true high speed rail service.

 

Bring your lunch and join us!

  

Brown Bag Lunch
Monday, January 20, 2014 
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane

2nd Floor Conference Room A

Houston, TX 77027

 

This event is open to the public, so feel free to extend this invitation to others. Contact Rosalind Hebert CAP-OM, at 713-993-2471 or Rosalind.Hebert@H-GAC.com, with inquiries, comments, or to submit an abstract for a future presentation. 

Transportation Studies in Montgomery County

H-GAC is managing three concurrent transportation studies in Montgomery County. These studies began in response to congestion and mobility issues due to rapid employment, and residential and commercial growth occurring in Montgomery County.    

 

The studies include the South Montgomery County Mobility Plan, The Woodlands Township Transit Plan and the 2014 Montgomery County Thoroughfare Plan. The first public meeting for The Woodlands Township Transit Plan will occur during The Woodlands Town Hall Meeting.

The Woodlands Township Transit Plan
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
7:00 p.m.
The Woodlands Township Office
2801 Technology Forest Boulevard
Board Chambers Room
The Woodlands, Texas 77381

 

For more information regarding all three studies, please visit www.MontgomeryCountyMobility.com.  

 

The Art of Transportation: 40th Anniversary of the MPO

H-GAC will be celebrating 40 years of service as the region's Metropolitan Planning Organization in February 2014. This anniversary will be an opportunity to highlight major transportation milestones from 1974 to 2014. A photo exhibit featuring key transportation projects is planned to be shown at Two Allen Center (mezzanine area) in February, 2014. Images from multimodal transportation agencies in the eight-county region have been selected to be part of this celebration of four decades of transportation planning.

  

40th Anniversary of the MPO - Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Two Allen Center Lobby
1200 Smith Street
Houston, TX 77002

NOTE: This event is free, but RSVPs are required.  

Click to register 

 

Mobility NOW Episode 7 - Access Management

Access management is a transportation strategy that reduces and consolidates entry and exit points between roadways and adjacent land uses. These access points, commonly in the form of driveways, medians, and interchanges, are designed to maximize safety at efficient road capacities and speeds.

Stuart Corder of TxDOT, Barbara Thomason of the NW Houston Chamber of Commerce, and Rep. Jim Murphy, of the Westchase District, discuss the benefits of Access Management. 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. 

Did you know...?

     

H-GAC in the News 

METRO marks 10-year anniversary of light rail 

 

Woodlands Township transit plan focuses on improving Town Center parking, mobility

 

H-GAC: behind much of what our local governments do

 

DWI Task Force Enforcement Stepped up

 

 

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