March 2017
Transportation Policy Council - February 24, 2017

On February 24, 2017 the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) unanimously approved a Resolution for Amendments to the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). Changes include the cancellation of the Beamer Road widening project as well as the addition of the City of Conroe sidewalk construction projects for fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

In addition, the TPC approved a request from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to change the functional classification of Smith Ranch Road from Local to Major Collector between FM 518 
to Hughes Ranch Road and Country Place Parkway from Local to Major Collector between Hughes Ranch Road and FM 2234.

H-GAC Transportation Director, 
Alan Clark, discussed the creation of a High Capacity Transit Task Force for the Long Range Plan. While the 2040 RTP envisions reconstruction and capacity improvements throughout the region, future growth is expected to surpass ability to meet regional mobility needs by relying solely on increased roadway capacity. "By 2040 we will more than double the size of our region", said Mr. Clark. This Task Force will be charged with addressing some of the most vital transit questions and issues ultimately providing recommendations to the TPC. 

To view the TPC meeting live-stream archive click HERE.
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Service Recognition
The Technical Advisory Committee Chairman, Mark Loethen 
(City of
Pictured from left to right: Richard Stolleis, David Crossley, Mark Loethen, and Alan Clark. Not shown, Mike Kramer.
Houston), Mike Kramer (City of Houston) and 
Mr. David Crossley (Houston Tomorrow) were presented with awards for their service to the Technical Advisory Committee. The awards were presented at the February TAC meeting by H-GAC's Transportation Director, Alan Clark. 

The Houston-Galveston Area Council appreciates the awardees for their hard work and dedication to the TAC and the Houston-Galveston region. 

For more information on other items presented click HERE.
Ports Area Mobility Study

The Ports Area Mobility Study, whose purpose is to produce a locally preferred improvement strategy for increasing the efficiency of goods movement between and through the region's major ports, will begin in the first quarter of 2017. This effort has been guided by extensive outreach among freight stakeholders and will be directed by a dedicated Steering Committee and will report regularly to the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Transportation Policy Council (TPC). Future information will be available via a dedicated website HERE.
Public Comments and Meeting for Potential Project Addition
H-GAC is announcing the opening of a  public comment period for the addition of a TxDOT Houston project to the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) from the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).
Applicant:TxDOT Houston District
Project Name:
West Airport Blvd 4-Lane Extension
Construction 4-lane divided (raised median) urban street on new location

A public meeting will be open to the general public:
WhenTuesday, March 7, 2017, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
H-GAC Offices 
3555 Timmons Lane, 2nd Floor, Rm B 
Houston, TX 77027

The public comment period began on Monday, February 27, 2017 and ends on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm. For more information on the TIP click HERE.
Public Meeting Announcement!
A new update to the Gulf Coast Regionally Coordinated Transportation Plan (RCTP) is now available. 

The objectives of the RCTP include the following activities:
  • Provide more efficient and effective public transportation services, for the elderly, persons with disabilities, persons with low incomes, veterans, youth, and others
  • Improve the delivery of public transportation services
  • Generate efficiency in operations that can lead to increased levels of service
  • Encourage cooperation and coordination among agencies
  • Improve customer service for the end users of the coordinated system 
WhenThursday, March 23, 2017, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Houston METRO Office 
1900 Main St. 
Houston, TX 77002

For more information on the RCTP click HERE.
You're Invited to the March Brown Bag Lunch Series
You're Invited to the March Brown Bag Lunch Series, featuring Danny Silva presenting "Mobility as a Service (MaaS)".
Danny works with METRO STAR at the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. He is also the Vice President of the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) Red River Chapter; sitting nationally on the Transportation Management Association (TMA) council and leading local actions on behalf of ACT National. Mr. Silva's  presentation will cover: 
  • The Concept of Mobility as a Service
  • Requirements for Successful Implementation
  • Field Considerations for Successful MaaS: User/Rider Experience
  • MaaS up Houston: Mobility as a Service in Houston Possibility
Monday, March 20, 2017, Noon to 1:00 PM