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June 2014

In This Issue
Transportation Policy Council - May 23, 2014
2014 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference (CFTC)
H-GAC Incident Management Responder Training
Brown Bag Series - Freight Rail: Giving Houston a Competitive Edge
Cypress Creek Parkway Livable Centers: Project Progress
Hurricane Season is Around the Corner
"The Art of Transportation" Update
The Art of Transportation - Mobility NOW Special
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Meetings & Events
TAC - Wednesday, June 18, 2014
 
TPC - Friday, June 27, 2014
 
2014 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference (CFTC)
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sugar Land Skeeters Stadium
Constellation Field
1 Stadium Dr.
Sugar Land, TX 77498 

 

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Transportation Policy Council - May 23, 2014

On May 23, the Transportation Policy Council approved a request to transmit a letter of support for the voluntary TxDOT Turnback Program Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Initially, the program was to return ownership of portions of some currently state-owned roadways to cities of greater than 50,000 people. Many local governments across the state were concerned about this because it appeared the program was not voluntary and would be a financial burden to them. This MOU between TxDOT, the Texas Municipal League (TML) and the Texas Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (TEMPO) lays out a framework for accomplishing the goals of this voluntary program. The TPC also suggested that the program be broadened to include counties, municipalities of all sizes and other public entities such as ports. To view the MOU click HERE.

 

Kurt Luhrsen, METRO  
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Kurt Luhrsen gave a presentation about METRO's Transit System Reimagining process. 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 the near term (1-2 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 during May and June. The Draft network will then be modified based on public input. Expected implementation of the "re-imagined" local bus network is in June, 2015. For more information click HERE.

 

The TPC approved a resolution to transmit the 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to TxDOT for inclusion in 2015-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). A new STIP is compiled every two years resulting in at least two years of projects carried over each cycle. The initial 2015-2018 TIP reflects only existing project commitments and locally funded projects, consistent with the current conformity determination. This fall H-GAC will entertain project proposals that, if selected, will complete the four years of TIP funding. H-GAC held a 30-day public comment period on the Draft 2015-2018 TIP. It began April 14, 2014 and ended on May 13, 2014. Click HERE for more information.

 

A review of preliminary revenue and expenditures for the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) was presented to the TPC. For more information about the RTP click HERE.

 

The TPC agenda with audio is available HERE.

2014 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference (CFTC)
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The 2014 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference (CFTC) will take place Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Sugar Land's Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters. CFTC is a day-long conference highlighting alternative fuels, clean vehicle technologies, and vehicle efficiency improvements. Speakers, exhibitors, and vehicle displays will highlight the latest technologies and funding for cleaner on- and off-road fleets.  
 
2014 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference (CFTC)
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sugar Land Skeeters Stadium
Constellation Field
1 Stadium Dr. 
Sugar Land, TX 77498 
 
This year's keynote address will be provided by John L. Nau III, President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Eagle Distributors. For more information visit the website 

Register online at www.mysolutionis.com/go/cftc

 

H-GAC Incident Management Responder Training

H-GAC held its first Traffic Incident Management training for responders May 20-21st at the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office. The day-and-a-half course provided instruction on how to better manage traffic incidents to ensure quicker clearance, promote responder safety, reduce secondary incidents and restore traffic flow in a timelier manner. Forty individuals from police, fire, towing, and TxDOT were in attendance for the training. One of the key benefits of this training was having a combination of disciplines in the same room to discuss responder issues and communications that have impacted incident response in the past. Attendees found the training extremely useful and productive.

 

This training was conducted in conjunction with assistance from FHWA's SHRP2 National Traffic Incident Management Responder Training program, which not only provided the training, but gave attendees the tools to bring back to their agencies to train their co-workers. Due to the success of this initial course and in the interest of promoting safe and effective incident management practices, H-GAC is working to provide future trainings throughout the year, most likely on a quarterly basis. 

 

For more information about future incident management training by H-GAC, please contact Jeff Kaufman at jeff.kaufman@h-gac.com or at 832-681-2533. 

 

Brown Bag Series - Freight Rail: Giving Houston a Competitive Edge

On Monday, May 19, Union Pacific Railroad's Brenda Mainwaring gave a talk about Houston's complex freight rail network.  She described how private investment in freight rail supports economic development, reduces regional freight congestion and addresses environmental concerns associated with freight transportation. As part of the H-GAC Brown Bag Series, a video of the well-attended presentation can be viewed on the internet.

 

Brenda Mainwaring joined Union Pacific Railroad in 1997 in government affairs and moved into a program management position in 2001. She was appointed Director of Public Affairs for Iowa and Nebraska in 2007 and named Vice President Public Affairs for the Southern Region in 2013. She leads the Union Pacific Public Affairs team in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee. 

 

Watch the video on the H-GAC YouTube channel. You can download the presentation to follow along.   

Cypress Creek Parkway Livable Centers: Project Progress

The Cypress Creek Parkway Livable Centers Study began in early May. The study is focusing on the area surrounding the intersection of Cypress Creek Parkway (FM 1960) and Kuykendahl Road in northwest Harris County. Those living, working, and visiting the area can share ideas on how to transform Cypress Creek Parkway into a high-quality, vibrant, and walkable place by visiting http://cypresscreek.mindmixer.com.

 

For information on upcoming meetings and other opportunities to provide public comment, visit the study's website.  

 

Livable Centers are walkable, mixed-use places that provide multimodal transportation options, improve environmental quality, and promote economic development.

 

For more information, contact  Andrew Pompei at 832-681-2598.

 

Hurricane Season is Around the Corner
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Hurricane season began on June 1st, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared.  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" Update

"The Art of Transportation" photo exhibit featuring four decades of transportation milestones, is now showing at the TxDOT Houston District Office, 7600 Washington Blvd, 77007. The exhibit is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday check with receptionist.

 

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

 

The Art of Transportation - Mobility NOW Special

This very special episode of Mobility NOW celebrates four decades of transportation milestones in the Houston-Galveston region.  Alan Clark sits down with Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Brazoria County Precinct 2 Commissioner Matt Sebesta to discuss the achievements of our system and the challenges we face in the future. Click on the image to watch.

 

Mobility NOW is brought to you by H-GAC to discuss 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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