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July 2014

In This Issue
Transportation Policy Council - June 27, 2014
Transportation Commission Meeting at Port of Houston
Natural Gas Vehicle Workshop: Navigating the State Contract
Brown Bag Series - The Thriving Houston Region: The Urban Land Institute
West Houston Subregional Planning Initiative - Public Meeting and Open House
Commute Solutions/Sugar Land Skeeters
Registration Open for "Spotlight on the Regional Growth Forecast" workshop
Become a Clean Air Champion
The American Council of Engineering Companies/H-GAC Project Development Workshop
The Woodlands Township Transit Plan
METRO System Reimagining
TxDOT launches MetroQuest
Cypress Creek Parkway Livable Centers Alternative Futures Webinar and Survey
2013 Regional Mobility Report
Teleworking - A Success Story
Hurricane Season is Around the Corner
The Art of Transportation
Mobility NOW En Español Television Show
Did you know ...?
H-GAC in the News
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Meetings & Events
TAC - Wednesday, July 16, 2014
 
TPC - Friday, July 25, 2014
 

Natural Gas Vehicle Workshop 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane

2nd Floor Conference Room C

Houston, TX 77027

 

Brown Bag Series

Monday, July 21, 2014

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane

2nd Floor Conference Room A

Houston, TX 77027 

 

West Houston Subregional Planning Initiative

Public Meeting and Open House

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Houston Community College Northwest - Spring Branch Campus
1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N., Eagle Room
Houston, TX 77043

 

Commute Solutions/Sugar Land Skeeters

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Game starts at  7:05 p.m.

Constellation Field
Sugar Land Skeeters Ballpark
1 Stadium Drive
Sugar Land, TX 77498


Spotlight on the Regional Growth Forecast Workshop

Friday, August 1, 2014

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane

2nd Floor Conference Room A

Houston, TX 77027

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Transportation Policy Council - June 27, 2014

On June 27, the TPC approved the submission of The Particulate Matter (PM) Advance Program "Path Forward" developed by the Regional Air Quality Planning Advisory Committee (RAQPAC) to the EPA. This is a voluntary, collaborative effort between local government and key regional stakeholders to develop actions that allow a region to continue to meet the PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). For more information click HERE.

 

The TPC approved the Resolution supporting passage of Proposition 1. Texans will vote on a proposed constitutional amendment on November 4, 2014 that could provide billions more in state transportation funding without new taxes, fees or debt.  The measures could be used for new construction and preservation of the state highway system. These funds cannot be used for toll roads. To view the Resolution click HERE.

 
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David Wurdlow provided an overview of the 2015-2018 upcoming TIP Call for Projects. As a result of MAP-21 legislation on federally funded projects, MPOs and States will be required to demonstrate how their project selection actions support the achievement of their adopted performance measure targets (outcomes). Strengthening the linkage between 2040 RTP goals/outcomes and the project selection process used for the TIP is necessary to prepare our planning process for the requirements included in MAP-21. The plans must address the most critical deficiencies and needs in the region and seek opportunities to simplify project selection and development to minimize delays. Click HERE for more details.

  

The TPC agenda with audio is available HERE.

Transportation Commission Meeting 

At its Thursday, June 26, meeting, the Texas Transportation Commission added $25 million to build a dedicated bus lane along Loop 610, ensuring the second piece of a planned bus rapid transit corridor in the Uptown area. The project along Loop 610 is specific for buses, not rail. The money is scheduled for the project in 2017.

 

The plans call for bus-only lanes along Post Oak and Loop 610 between the future Westpark Transit Center and the Northwest Transit Center near Interstate 10. The busway will allow workers in the Uptown area to avoid some congested parts of their trip. Metro will operate the buses. When the system opens, buses will use Loop 610 north of Post Oak to make the trip back and forth from the transit center.

 

The Transportation Commission also approved the allocation of an additional $8 million needed to expedite frontage road improvements along SH 99/Grand Parkway, Segment I-2. This brings the total funding to $34.6 million in Harris and Chambers Counties. The project will provide additional capacity for hurricane evacuation; better movement of freight; and support economic growth of the area.   

 

To view the complete meeting click HERE

Natural Gas Vehicle Workshop: Navigating the State Contract

Clean Cities/Clean Vehicles The H-GAC Clean Cities / Clean Vehicles Program, the Railroad Commission of Texas, and Nat-G CNG Solutions will host a free Natural Gas Vehicle Workshop: Navigating the State Contract. Join us to learn more about natural gas vehicle availability, refueling options, funding opportunities, and resources for navigating the state contract for purchasing CNG vehicles.

 

Natural Gas Vehicle Workshop 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane

2nd Floor Conference Room C

Houston, TX 77027

 

Lunch will be served; please RSVP to the Railroad Commission of Texas by emailing Susan Shifflett at susan.shifflett@rrc.state.tx.us.  

For more information, contact Allison Carr at (832) 681-2583 or allison.carr@h-gac.com.

 

Brown Bag Series - The Thriving Houston Region: The Urban Land Institute 

You are cordially invited to attend this month's Brown Bag lunch "The Thriving Houston Region: The Urban Land Institute."  


Our guest speaker will be Ann Taylor, the Urban Land Institute's Houston Executive Director.  


Brown Bag Series

Monday, July 21, 2014

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane

2nd Floor Conference Room A

Houston, TX 77027

 

The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides leadership in the responsible use of land and creation of thriving communities worldwide. For more information, visit www.uli-houston.org.

 

This event is open to the public. Contact Ms. Rosalind Hebert at 713-993-2471 or Rosalind.Hebert@H-GAC.com with questions, comments, or to submit an abstract for a future presentation.  

 

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 Study. This study is being conducted to identify and achieve locally developed transportation goals through long-range planning and implementation strategies.   

  

A public meeting and open house will be held 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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Houston Community College Northwest - Spring Branch Campus
1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N., Eagle Room
Houston, TX 77043  

  

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

Commute Solutions/Sugar Land Skeeters

H-GAC will be teaming up with the Sugar Land Skeeters to promote its Commute Solutions Program at Constellation Field. Staff will be on hand for Skeeters Fans to learn about commute alternatives such as carpooling/NuRide, vanpooling, riding the bus, biking and walking. 


The "My Solution Is" pledge encourages local commuters to save time and money on their daily drive to and from work by becoming part of a solution to help clean our region's air.  Attendees will have the opportunity to take the pledge at the baseball game. You can also pledge your solution on our
website.

 

Commute Solutions/Sugar Land Skeeters

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Game starts at  7:05 p.m.

Constellation Field
Sugar Land Skeeters Ballpark
1 Stadium Drive
Sugar Land, TX 77498  

 

For more information, visit our website My Solution Is.com.

 

 

Registration Open for "Spotlight on the Regional Growth Forecast" workshop

Registration is now open for a "Spotlight on the Regional Growth Forecast" workshop. This half-day workshop will highlight results in population and land use forecasts in the H-GAC region and will feature presentations aimed at helping the region's residents better understand and participate in the development of the H-GAC 2040 Regional Growth Forecast.

 

Topics include:

*  The role the forecast plays in regional planning;

*  How the forecast is put together; and

*  Ways to use and contribute to the forecast.

 

 

"Spotlight on the Regional Growth Forecast" Workshop

Friday, August 1, 2014

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane

2nd Floor Conference Room A

Houston, TX 77027

 

The workshop is free, but online registration is required.  Registration information is available online HERE. For more information, contact Andrea Tantillo 

 

Become a Clean Air Champion

 

The American Council of Engineering Companies/H-GAC Project Development Workshop

On Wednesday June 25 the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)/H-GAC Project Development Workshop was held at the TxDOT Houston District Offices. During the Workshop, speakers provided overviews on the many aspects needed for formal submission of projects to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Topics included Project Scoping and Development, Advance Funding Agreements, and Environmental protection, among others. The workshop attracted over 120 transportation professionals. 

 

To view presentations and other materials click HERE

The Woodlands Township Transit Plan

H-GAC, in collaboration with The Woodlands Township and Texas Department of Transportation, is developing The Woodlands Transit Plan. This comprehensive transit study is taking a fresh look at transit, looking at ways the services currently provided could be improved or complemented with new services.

 

The study just completed the second round of public involvement.  The outreach included an open house, focus group workshops and a survey. The open house and focus groups were held June 4-5 to gather input on three scenarios that have been developed for the plan.  

 

The three scenarios include an improved and expanded Town Center trolley system, local bus routes that would circulate within The Woodlands Township and an expansion of the existing Woodlands Express service to new locations in Houston, such as the Galleria and the Energy Corridor, as well as a new "Reverse" service from Houston to The Woodlands.

 

The input received from the outreach will be used to determine which of the three scenarios will advance for further analysis. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of September.

 

For more information on this study, visit MontgomeryCountyMobility.com. 

 

METRO System Reimagining

System Reimagining represents METRO's first comprehensive review of its transit system since its inception as an agency in the 1970s. Since that time the Houston region has grown and changed dramatically and the transit system has not adapted to those changes. 

 

The plan has been developed to utilize existing METRO resources to make the bus network more useful to more people and places. The Draft plan is made up of routes that are generally simpler and straighter with fewer branches and deviations. That means it can be implemented in approximately two years. The plan was completed in the spring of this year and was unveiled to the public at a May 8, 2014 stakeholder workshop. The public outreach phase will be conducted until the end of July.

 

Expected implementation of the "re-imagined" local bus network is in June, 2015. For more information, to find a meeting, or provide feedback click HERE.

TxDOT launches MetroQuest for the Texas Transportation Plan (TTP) 2040
The Texas Department of Transportation is holding a second round of public hearings to provide the public with a chance to present their input into the long term transportation plan for the state called Texas Transportation Plan (TTP) 2040. While the public has the opportunity to visit public meetings to voice their opinions there is also a new online tool called MetroQuest. 

Metroquest is a virtual survey tool that allows the public to create their own transportation budget based what they think should happen. It also gives the public an opportunity to suggest areas in which TxDOT should invest for the coming plan.  

According to metroquest, the public chose congestion mitigation as the number one improvement needed, followed closely by transit and rail options and pavement condition.

To explore metroquest visit, www.txdot.metroquest.com. 

Cypress Creek Parkway Livable Centers Alternative Futures Webinar and Survey

Residents interested in providing feedback on how they want the area near the intersection of Cypress Creek Parkway and Kuykehndahl Road to develop are invited to attend a webinar that will cover various alternatives for the study area. A follow-up survey will ask for residents' opinions on what they want to see in their communities.

 

The webinar is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week until Monday, July 21, at http://cypresscreek.mindmixer.com

Community members can also share their ideas in the forum on the same website.

 

The webinar and forum is hosted by H-GAC, Ponderosa Forest Utility District, Northwest Houston Chamber of Commerce and Cypress Creek Property Owners Association. Visit the project website for more information.  

 

2013 Regional Mobility Report

The 2013 Mobility Report is now available. This performance based report reflects the most recent information about the state of our transportation system. Specifically, the report summarizes key performance measures for each of the stated goals in our 2035 Regional Transportation Plan.

 

As the Houston-Galveston Area Council celebrates four decades of transportation planning, this report invites us to reflect on how far the region has come in terms of mobility and the long journey ahead. To meet the challenges of the next 25 years and beyond, investment is critical to sustain the region's economic competitiveness, prosperity and quality of life for its residents.

 

The report is available HERE

 

 

 

Teleworking - A Success Story

Teleworking, one of the Commute Solutions alternatives, has become a more acceptable practice in the workplace. The purpose of the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) grant is to offer employers the opportunity to receive federal grant funding to launch or expand their existing telework program.


World Corporation, Inc., a Houston-based company owned by CEO Shonda Stubblefield, implemented it's formal telework program in 2012 and currently has more than 500 teleworkers. Since the program inception, World Corp, Inc. has reduced a total of 115,576 car trips and 2,271,146 vehicle miles traveled within our region.


In 2013, World Corp. Inc., a Medical and Insurance Referral Company, received three prestigious awards at the 2013 Clean Air Action. It was presented the "Best in Motion" Award for its efforts in improving air quality and reducing traffic congestion within our region. The company was a winner of the 2013 Clean Air Champion Award, Best Telework Program and Best NuRide Program.

 

To learn how to qualify for the Regional Telework Grant Program, please contact Ch'rese Jackson, Senior Telework Planner, at 713-993-2487 or visit our website at www.mysolutionis.com.

 

 

Hurricane Season - Be Ready
Hurricane Rita Aerial Image

Hurricane season is here so you should definitely be ready. First, Make a Plan for what you and your family will do during an emergency. After you have your plan, start building a kit. The basics include enough food and water to last five to seven days. Then, start thinking about other needs. Stay informed by keeping up with information from your local government leaders and media. 

 

Get your evacuation plans together, starting by downloading your Updated Hurricane Evacuation Maps HERE.  For more information about preparing for Hurricane Season, visit www.togetheragainsttheweather.com.

 

 

The Art of Transportation
"The Art of Transportation" photo exhibit featuring four decades of transportation milestones will be showing at the Shops at Greenway Plaza July 16 - August 10, 2014.  

  

For a video tour and more information, visit www.theartoftransportation.com.  

 

Mobility NOW En Español Television Show
On the latest episode of the series, Marco Bracamontes talks to Ana MacNaught of the Baker-Ripley Center to discuss programs like Workforce Solutions and the Magic Bus.


Christina Garza from Sheriff Adrian Garcia's Office discusses the serious issue of traffic safety in the region, including Transtar incident management and the Motorist Assistance Program (M.A.P.). M.A.P. is designed to not only help stranded motorists, but also to clear the freeways of minor incidents and stalls.

Carolina Mendoza, METRO media specialist, discusses METRO's customer-oriented programs. She describes the METRO Day Pass, the Q Card which acts just like a debit card for each trip, and the METRO Lift service for those with medical disabilities. Information on these programs can be accessed in many languages on the METRO website as well as the METRO trip app for smartphones. 

 

Click on the images to watch.

 

 

Mobility NOW is brought to you by H-GAC highlighting transportation issues and projects impacting in the Houston-Galveston region. Subscribe to the H-GAC YouTube channel for more videos on regional mobility. 

 

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