Houston-Galveston Area Council

July 2013
In This Issue
TPC - June 28, 2013
H-GAC Film wins "Telly" Award
Ways to Work
Be a "Clean Air Champion"
Brown Bag Lunch
Did you know...?
H-GAC in the News
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July Meetings
TAC - Wednesday,
July 17, 2013
TPC - Friday, July 26, 2013 
Regional Transit Coordination Subcommittee
Thursday, July 11, 2013
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Conference Room A
3555 Timmons Lane
Houston, TX 77027


Transportation Air Quality

Thursday, July 11, 2013
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
H-GAC Conference Room C


Brown Bag Lunch
Monday, July 15, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
H-GAC Conference Room A

Disadvantaged Business Enterprises

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
H-GAC Conference Room B


TCEQ Public Information Meeting

Monday, July 22, 2013
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
H-GAC Conference Room A


Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Public Meeting

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
H-GAC Conference Room A


Regional Air Quality Planning Committee

Thursday, July 25, 2013
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
H-GAC Conference Room A

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Transportation Policy Council - June 28, 2013

On Friday, June 28, 2013 the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) honored the services of Steve Phelps, Commissioner of the Port of Houston Authority, and Joe Adams, Vice President of Union Pacific Railroad. Mr. Phelps has served the Port for the last 16 years and represents Other Transportation Interests on TPC. Mr. Adams, representing Freight Rail Interests on TPC, served as an Ex-Officio member from 2010 to 2013. A nominating committee recommended Janiece Longoria, Chair of the Port of Houston Authority, to replace Mr. Phelps. TPC Chair Ed Emmett nominated Brenda Mainwaring, Vice President for Public Affairs for Union Pacific to replace Mr. Adams. Both were approved unanimously by TPC. 
Support for Uptown Houston
TPC approved select
additional projects to the 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) due to a balance of funds left unprogrammed. Projects added to the TIP were obligated $60.8 million in funds for transit projects in Uptown Houston; $43.7 million in additional funding for the construction of a direct connector at IH 610 at US 59, plus the widening of Smith Ranch Road in Pearland. $11.7 million was approved for the widening of CR 48 to four lanes in Brazoria County, as well as the purchase of vehicles for the Kemah Trolley Circulator Program.


H-GAC staff discussed with the Council a quarterly TIP amendment process and potential use of a Project Agreement to identify key project development milestones. Requests to modify the TIP would be accepted at any time but would only be processed for action according to state's quarterly schedule. 
Shelley Whitworth, H-GAC's Air Quality Program Manager, discussed with TPC the Voluntary Particulate Matter Program. In order to combat Particulate Matters (PM) found in the air, which has been linked to a variety of serious health problems, the EPA strengthened air standards. Participation in a Program can help the Houston-Galveston area quickly reach compliance with the new air quality standards. 
Click here to read the agenda and to listen to the meeting.

Teen Drunk Driving Documentary Wins "Telly" Award

The H-GAC-funded documentary "Chronicles of a Teen Killer" has won Bronze in the 34th Annual Telly Awards, the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. "Chronicles of a Teen Killer" is an in-depth documentary about the impact of driving while intoxicated on society. It was created by Texas Pictures with a team of students from Houston area high schools.


"The unique aspect of this documentary is who is sending the message," said H-GAC's Jeff Kaufman. "Seeing that teenagers are more apt to listen to their friends, this documentary relies on the students involved in the production to send this message to their peers. The end goal was to create a piece that these teenagers believed would be well received by their friends, classmates, and others their age."


The documentary was sponsored and executive-produced by H-GAC in collaboration with Texas Pictures. Since its release it has been viewed on YouTube over 30,000 times. In addition, over 1,000 DVDs of the documentary have been given out, which are shown in various drivers' education programs, substance abuse programs, and high schools. 


Click to watch a language-censored version of "Chronicles of a Teen Killer" and the uncensored version here. Contact Jeff Kaufman at (832) 681-2533 or at

Qualify for an Auto Loan and Receive Financial Counseling with "Ways to Work"

There's an easy way to qualify for a car loan if you have struggled to get approved.


The Ways to Work car loan program assists hard-working individuals who are unable to receive a car loan from a bank or credit union due to imperfect or no credit history. Through the program, people can select reliable vehicles with a low interest rate. Borrowers can also improve their overall financial situation through financial education with credit counselors.


The Ways to Work program is one of many services that are provided through the Family Services of Greater Houston, a United Way agency. This unique program provides loans for used cars to help minimize those transportation-related challenges for employees.


The Ways to Work car loan program in Harris County has received grant funding from the Federal Transit Administration's Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) Program for several years. Projects recommended for funding through the JARC program have been coordinated locally by H-GAC and METRO.


To contact Ways to Work, email or call 713-861-4849. Spanish language services are available.

Be a "Clean Air Champion"

Do you know all the ways you can help clean our region's air? Joining H-GAC's Clean Air Champion program is an easy and rewarding way to do so. More than ninety employers have already received recognition by H-GAC as a Clean Air Champion for proactively working to improve the region's air quality by encouraging employees to use commute alternatives, such as vanpooling, carpooling, telework, transit, alternative work schedules, biking and walking or by adopting anti-idling or other clean fleet policies.


While improving our region's air quality is important, there are many other reasons for companies and organizations to provide commuter benefits to employees. These programs often result in a happier and more productive workforce. Companies can save money through tax breaks and may even qualify for grant funding. Organizations that join the Clean Air Champion for Commuters program earn the distinction of being recognized as a regional leader of employee benefits offerings.


To learn more about becoming a Clean Air Champion, visit

Brown Bag Lunch: Redeveloping the East End

You are invited to H-GAC's July Brown Bag Series presentation, "The East End: An Emerging Livable Center" by Diane Schenke, President of the Greater East End Management District. The East End recently received grant funds of more than $17 million and commitments of another $4.5 million in capital funds for the Second Ward and Harrisburg Corridor. These funds provide pedestrian friendly facilities to complement the East End Rail Line and real estate developments.


Diane's presentation will cover H-GAC's first Livable Centers Study, construction on Navigation and Harrisburg; Canal Street and a series of trails.

Bring your lunch and come join us Monday, July 15, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. to learn all about the redevelopment to our East End!


Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane

2nd Floor Conference Room A

Houston, TX 77027

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Feel free to extend this invitation to others. Please contact Rosalind Hebert CAP-OM, at 713-993-2471 or, with inquiries, comments, or to submit an abstract for a future presentation.

Did you know...?


H-GAC in the News 
Master Plan Envisions Future of Washington Corridor.
Uptown Transit Plan Back on Track Thanks to TIP Subcommittee.
Manvel Council Discusses Drainage Plan.
Help Still Available to Victims of Hurricane Ike.
Liberty County EMS Chosen to Provide Ambulance Services.
Huntsville Commissioner's Court Approves Use of Funds on Environmental Investigator Program.
Liberty Meals-On-Wheels Program Closing.
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