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June 2015

In This Issue
Transportation Policy Council - May 22, 2015
2015-2018 TIP Public Meeting
Clean Air Champion Webinar
Draft 2016-2017 UPWP - Public Meeting
International Conference on Transportation and Development
Hurricane Season - New Evacuation Maps
Texas Children's Hospital 9th Annual Emergency Management Bridge Event
H-GAC Announces Marine/Construction Equipment Grant Funding
Funding Available for Electric Delivery Vehicles in Houston
Mobility NOW - Commute Solutions
Did You Know....
H-GAC In The News
Mark Your Calendar
TAC - Wednesday, June 17, 2015
 
TPC - Friday, June 26, 2015 

2015-2018 TIP Public Meeting
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor Conference Room A.
Houston, TX 77027

Clean Air Champion Webinar
Thursday, June 4, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
 
Draft 2016-2017 UPWP Public Meeting
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor Conference Room A.
Houston, TX 77027

International Conference on Transportation and Development
June 26 - 29, 2015
Omni Houston Galleria Hotel
4 Riverway
Houston, TX 77056
We Are Social!
Transportation Policy Council - May 22, 2015
Mayor Bob Fry
Honorable Dwight Jefferson
Courtesy of Guidry News
The Transportation Policy Council (TPC) recognized Honorable Bob Fry and Honorable Dwight Jefferson for their service to the TPC. Mayor Fry, served on the TPC representing Smaller Cities from January 2008 until May 2015. Honorable Dwight Jefferson served on the TPC representing the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) from January 2013 until December 2014.

An overview of the final recommendations for the SH 249 Access Management Study was presented. It included recommendations for roadway infrastructure and operational improvements to reduce vehicle crashes, improve traffic flow and promote economic development in the study area. The full report and executive summary for the SH 249 Access Management Study can be viewed HERE.

Mr. Pat Henry, TxDOT Houston District, updated the Council on the I-45 North Houston Improvement project. This covers the I-45 North corridor from downtown Houston to Beltway 8 North. Click HERE to view presentation. 

The TPC agenda and audio are available HERE.
2015-2018 TIP Public Meeting

H-GAC is announcing a public meeting to receive comment oon Major Amendments to the 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). In addition, staff will be available via webinar to answer questions from the public today between 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Click HERE to register. 

 

The City of Houston has received a $10 million discretionary grant from the US DOT's Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. The grant was awarded to support implementation of an integrated city-wide intelligent transportation system (ITS) to monitor and manage arterial traffic in real-time. 

In addition, an amendment to update the TIP to reflect significant modifications to project timing, scope and/or cost based on the recently approved 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. This action includes freeway and tollway investments, as well as other state highways, transit and major local thoroughfares. 

 

The public comment period began on Monday, May 25, 2015 and will end on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

For more information, please visit: 

http://www.h-gac.com/taq/public_info. 


2015-2018 TIP Public Meeting  

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane

2nd Floor Conference Room A.

Houston, TX 77027

Clean Air Champion Webinar

H-GAC will be hosting a webinar to discuss its Clean Air Champion Program, and how employers can qualify. Attendees will find out why becoming a Clean Air Champion not only helps reduce harmful vehicle emissions, but how it's good for business. 

 

For more information contact Isaac Perez or call 832-681-2654. 

 

 

 

 

 Draft 2016-2017 UPWP - Public Meeting  
H-GAC will also be hosting a public meeting for the 2016-2017 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). Staff will discuss changes in the plan including the allocation and increase of funding. The 30-day public comment period for the Draft 2016-2017 UPWP began on Sunday, May 17, 2015 and extends through Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 5 p.m. 

Draft 2016-2017 UPWP Public Meeting
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane

2nd Floor Conference Room A.

Houston, TX 77027

Click HERE to learn more about the 2016-2017 UPWP.

 

International Conference on Transportation and Development

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) International Conference on Transportation & Development (ICTD 2016) conference will be held from June 26-29, 2015 at the Omni Houston Galleria Hotel in Houston, Texas. 

 

ASCE ICTD 2016 will cover transportation and development planning, financing, functional design, construction operation, and management: how practitioners are improving performance to meet the critical mobility, safety, sustainability and developmental challenges of a changing operational and competitive environment. 

 

International Conference on Transportation and Development

June 26 - 29, 2015
Omni Houston Galleria Hotel

4 Riverway
Houston, TX 77056

 

For more information, visit the conference website at www.asce-ictd.org.

 

Hurricane Season - New Evacuation Maps

Important changes have been made to the hurricane evacuation routes in the Houston-Galveston region. Starting this year, evacuation traffic travelling northbound on State Highway 6 (SH 6) from Galveston and Brazoria counties will be routed to State Highway 99 (SH 99; also known as the Grand Parkway) at US 59 in Sugar Land, Texas.

 

The new route is on the 2015 Hurricane Zip Zone Map, which is available on the H-GAC website at www.h-gac.com/taq/hurricane.

Texas Children's Hospital 9th Annual Emergency Management Bridge Event

The Houston-Galveston Area Council participated in Texas Children's Hospital's (TCH) 9th Annual Emergency Management Bridge Event. The event aimed to promote public awareness of Hurricane Season which began June 1, 2015. H-GAC provided TCH staff and public with the updated Zip Zone evacuation map and educated them on how to prepare for an emergency. H-GAC also provided additional information on hurricane preparedness.

For more information visit: www.togetheragainsttheweather.com

H-GAC Announces Marine/Construction Equipment Grant Funding

H-GAC has announced grant funding available for regional marine vessel owners and regional construction equipment owners for the purchase and deployment of clean diesel or alternative fuel tug, tow/push boats, or heavy-duty construction equipment. The equipment must operate within the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB) non-attainment area and requires the destruction of the replaced equipment. Applicants are expected to provide two years of data collection and reporting. Responses to the Call for Projects must include CARB- or EPA-certified equipment.
 

For more information regarding marine projects, please click HERE, and for more information regarding nonroad construction equipment, please click HERE.  

Funding Available for Electric Delivery Vehicles in Houston

H-GAC has received a grant from The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the introduction of electric transportation technologies into the cargo transport sector. The goal of this project is to demonstrate the capability of all-electric delivery vehicles to perform at the same level of operation as similarly sized diesel delivery vehicles. These vehicles will also eliminate vehicle emissions and petroleum consumption. 

 

H-GAC and the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) have awarded project funding to UPS, in partnership with AMP Electric Vehicles, to deploy 18 all-electric Workhorse E-100 delivery vans in the H-GAC region. 

 

H-GAC is currently soliciting additional project partners for at least another 12 zero-emission delivery vehicles in the greater Houston area. 

 

For more information click HERE.

Mobility NOW - Commute Solutions
Jonathan Brooks joins Shelly Whitworth, H-GAC's Manager of Clean Air programs, to discuss Texas A&M Transportation Institute's (TTI) study regarding commute alternatives in our region. TTI is one of the top transportation research organizations in the country. TTI's survey provides valuable information that will ultimately improve alternatives to single occupancy commuting. For example, 55% of respondents indicated that they believe the Houston region would benefit most by investing more in transit such as bus or rail.  

METRO's Vice President and Senior Press Officer, Jerome Gray, shares challenges and opportunities faced by METRO.  Gray discusses METRO Rail, bus and vanpool services and the need to efficiently expand public transportation. 

James Hollis, from Connect Transit, shares information about available transit services in Galveston and Brazoria Counties. Connect provides convenient alternatives to driving for residents in the Southern part of our region. Growing demand is generating expansion of their services to commuters, special needs individuals and veterans.

To watch the full episode, click HERE. You can watch Mobility NOW H-GAC's YouTube channel (TheHGACog) or MobilityNOW.tv.
Did You Know....
Click HERE to view the 2014 Regional Mobility Report
H-GAC In The News