The Power of Transit 2016 Symposium
H-GAC Hosted "The Power of Transit 2016" Symposium. The livestream panel discussion gathered members of the community, transit providers, experts, and policy makers to discuss the Regionally Coordinated Transportation Plan (RCTP) Update. The RCTP focuses on the coordination of public transportation in a region that encompasses H-GAC's thirteen county Planning Region including: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

The dialogue focused on solutions to regional public transportation and covered a broad spectrum of topics including local funding sources for transit, technology solutions and provider coordination in servicing seniors, veterans, students, low-income groups and people with disabilities.

Panelists included Hon. Matt Sebesta, Brazoria County Judge and Chairman of H-GAC Transportation Policy Council, Lex Frieden, Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Rehabilitation at UT Health and Director of Independent Living Research Utilization, Lalita Sen Ph.D., Professor Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University, Chuck Wemple, H-GAC Chief Operations Officer, and Linda K. Cherrington, Program Manager of the Transit Mobility Program at Texas A&M Transportation Institute. The event was moderated by Steve Wright, RCTP Program Manager at the Texas Department of Transportation-Public Transportation Division.

Pictured from left to right: Lex Frieden, Honorable Matt Sebesta, Steve Wright, Lalita Sen Ph.D., Linda Cherrington and Chuck Wemple

In case you missed it: view The Power of Transit 2016 Symposium HERE!
H-GAC Air Quality Initiatives 
H-GAC is pleased to present the 2015 
Air Quality InitiativeReport for the 8-county Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB) region. This report reviews the current state of HGB air quality,
voluntary mobile emissions reductions, vehicle retrofit and replacement, commute solutions, a
nd successful public outreach activities. H-GAC and its partners work diligently within the region to improve public health and help meet federal air quality standards.

To view the full report click HERE.

Greater Houston Freight Committee Meeting
The Houston-Galveston Area Council invites interested parties to participate in the first meeting for the Greater Houston Freight Committee. This new collaborative forum will advise transportation investment decision-makers on freight-related priorities, projects, and needs. 

Co-Chairs of this committee are Harris County Judge 
Ed Emmett and Jetco CEO Brian Fielkow. 

Monday, July 18, 2016
Noon-1:00 p.m.
H-GAC Offices, 3555 Timmons Ln.
2nd Fl. Conf. Rm. B
Houston, TX 77027

Eco-Logical Webinar
H-GAC will host a webinar to demonstrate the use and functions of its Eco-Logical tool. This online mapping application is designed to bring the conservation of the H-GAC region's most valuable ecological resources to the forefront of the transportation infrastructure development process. The tool furthers a nationwide initiative by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to promote an Ecosystem Approach to transportation planning.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
10:00 a.m.

Access information

Dial in number: +1 (782) 240-3412
Join online HERE.
Access Code: 868-959-493 
To learn more about Eco-Logical click HERE.

For more information on the upcoming webinar contact Meredith Dang or Ayo Jibowu.

Greenway for Greater Mobility
H-GAC is partnering with Cousins
Properties and the City of Houston to identify projects, policies, and programs that could make it easier to walk and bike around Greenway Plaza, one of Houston's largest employment centers.
The project team has been talking to people that live, work, and play in Greenway Plaza, and has developed preliminary recommendations based on that feedback.

A webinar describing potential improvements to the local pedestrian and bicycle network is posted on the project website.

To provide your comments or feedback on the recommendations and improvements, contact Meredith Dang.
To view the webinar on TheHGACog youtube channel click HERE
Way to Work Block Party
H-GAC continued its partnership with Cousins 
Properties in Greenway Plaza to host the "Way to
Work Block Party!" that took place on June 9, 2016
. H-GAC's Transportation team along with 20+vendors came together to educate and promote alternatives to driving alone.
The event attracted over 350 attendees, and various donated prizes given to participants. The festive transportation fair was a success in sharing information about the numerous benefits associated with utilizing the region's transit system, vanpooling or carpooling, along with other commute alternatives, when traveling to and from work.

Any questions about the event, or future Commute Solutions events should be directed
Hurricane Preparedness and Evacuation Planning 
This year H-GAC staff promoted hurricane preparedness 
H-GAC'S Stephan Gage, speaks to CERT Volunteers at the City of Houston Healthcare Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Summit
and evacuation planning by participating in several 
preparedness events in the region. H-GAC's activities and programs generated interest and engagement from 
H-GAC staff distributed information on Zip Zone Maps and Together Against the Weather; an H-GAC-sponsored program that provides awareness and education on how to prepare for a hurricane whether evacuating or sheltering-in-place.

H-GAC participated in the following events:
  • City of Houston "2016 Ready or Not Hurricane Preparedness Workshop" at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Saturday, May 21, 2016. 
  • Harris County Hurricane Briefing on Monday, June 20, 2016, at the NRG Arena. 
  • City of Houston Healthcare Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Summit at George R. Brown Convention Center on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. 
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Technical Advisory
Committee (TAC) Meeting
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Fl. Conference Room B.
Houston, TX 77027
Transportation Policy
Council (TPC) Meeting
Friday, July 22, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Fl. Conference Room B.
Houston, TX 77027
Greater Houston Freight Committee 
Monday, July 11, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Fl. Conference Room B.
Houston, TX 77027

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