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Houston-Galveston Area Council

March 2014
In This Issue
Transportation Policy Council - February 28, 2014
The Art of Transportation: 40th Anniversary of the MPO
Brown Bag Lunch:Traffic Safety in the Region
Grant Funds Available for Teleworking
H-GAC Honors Janet Redeker, a "Pioneer of Transit and TDM"
Northwest Houston Works - An Economic Outlook Forum
Mobility NOW En Español - Episode 5
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H-GAC in the News
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Meetings & Events
TAC - Wednesday, March 19, 2014
 
TPC - Friday, March 28, 2014

 

Brown Bag Lunch
Monday, March 17, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor Conference Room A
Houston, TX 77027

"Northwest Houston Works"- An Economic Outlook Forum
Friday, March 28, 2014 
7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lone Star College - University Park
20515 SH 249
Houston, TX 77070
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Transportation Policy Council - February 28, 2014

Judge Ed Emmett 
Image courtesy of Guidry News

At its Friday, February 28, meeting, the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) unanimously re-elected its current officers to serve again in 2014.  The 2014 Officers are Harris County Judge Ed Emmett as Chairman, City of Houston Council Member Stephen Costello as First Vice Chair, Brazoria County Commissioner Matt Sebesta as Second Vice Chair, Pearland Mayor Tom Reid as Secretary, with Fort Bend County Commissioner James Patterson serving as Past Chair. Port of Houston Board Chair Janiece Longoria was approved as voting member representing Other Transportation Interests. Her alternate will be Port of Freeport Executive Director Glenn Carlson. 16 at-large positions on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) were also approved by TPC. Full membership can be found on the following links: 2014 TPC and 2014 TAC.

 

A resolution was passed committing $500,000 for a Planning/Feasibility Study of a proposed State Highway 36A corridor running from the Port of Freeport to SH 6 in Waller County. An audience of concerned citizens gave public comment and many emails were received about 36A. The proposed corridor could support movement of goods to and from the Port of Freeport and intermodal facilities like the KCS rail yard near Kendelton, TX; improve hurricane evacuation options for southern Brazoria County; and support economic development along the corridor. The protection and enhancement of natural resources such as the Katy Prairie were also identified as essential outcomes of the alternatives to be studied. The presentation to TPC members by H-GAC staff stressed the importance of "grassroots" participation by local governments, businesses, residents and environmental advocates such as the Katy Prairie Conservancy. To see the action approved by the Policy Council, including the proposed study approach, click HERE.   

 

The TPC accepted two Access Management studies: FM 517/SH 3 in Dickinson and League City, and FM 1092 in Stafford. Each study includes recommendations for roadway operational improvements, such as intersection turn lanes, raised medians, pedestrian and bicycle accommodations. The recommendations will reduce vehicle crashes, improve traffic flow and promote economic development.

 

Mr. Pat Henry, Director of Project Development for TxDOT's Houston District, gave a presentation on the I-45 North Houston Highway Improvement Project. The corridor limits are between between Downtown Houston and Beltway 8 and involve alternative scenarios to reduce congestion and improve safety. TxDOT has announced a third round of public meetings. For more information, visit their website

 

The TPC congratulated James Koch who has accepted a promotion as TxDOT Transportation Planning and Programming Division Director. 

 

The TPC agenda with audio is available HERE.

 

The Art of Transportation: 40th Anniversary of the MPO

  

On February 5, 2014 the H-GAC hosted a reception to launch "The Art of Transportation" at Two Allen Center in Downtown Houston. This successful event attracted elected officials, transportation stakeholders, the media and interested persons to a photo display highlighting major projects completed during the last 40 years.

"The Art of Transportation" displays images of freeways, toll roads, bridges, ports, airports and transit projects that impact the movement of people and goods throughout the greater Houston region. The photographs on display come from sources like the Houston Airport System, The Port of Freeport, Harris County Toll Road Authority, METRO and TxDOT, among others.

Judge Ed Emmett, Chairman of the TPC highlighted the successes and challenges of our transportation system. "Transportation planning is an essential responsibility of local government," said Emmett. "We have to keep our eyes on the next twenty or thirty years when we make decisions about every investment in transportation," he added. 

Other speakers included the Honorable Stephen Costello, Council Member, City of Houston, Jeff Moseley, Commissioner for Texas Transportation Commission, Paul Frazier, Sr. Vice President Houston Brookfield Office Properties, H-GAC Executive Director Jack Steele, and H-GAC MPO Director Alan Clark, 

"The Art of Transportation," featured 60 photographs and informational panels. For more information and to view the Gallery, click on the links below:

 
YouTube videos: 

 

Brown Bag Lunch: Traffic Safety in the Region

Jeff Kaufman, H-GAC

You are invited to H-GAC's March Brown Bag Series presentation on Traffic Safety in the Region by Jeff Kaufman, Transportation Operations Coordinator at H-GAC. He is responsible for assisting local communities with traffic crash analyses, managing a regional DWI Task Force, developing and promoting traffic safety education programs, and establishing a regional incident management concept.

At this presentation you will learn more about regional trends for crashes, fatalities, and injuries; efforts to improve traffic safety including engineering, education, enforcement, and emergency response; and the challenges impacting traffic safety in the future. 

 

Brown Bag Lunch
Monday, March 17, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor Conference Room A
Houston, TX 77027

 

This event is open to the public. Feel free to forward this invitation to interested parties. 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.  

Grant Funds Available for Teleworking
On February 18, 2014, the H-GAC's Commute Solutions staff hosted a webinar on the Regional Telework Incentive Grant program. The purpose of the grant is to offer employers the opportunity to receive a share of more than $500,000 in federal grant funding to launch or expand teleworking programs. The deadline to apply for the pilot program is March 21, 2014. Applications will be evaluated and funded on a first-come, first-serve basis until all funds have been committed. 
 
To learn how to qualify for the Regional Telework Incentive Pilot Program, please contact Ch'rese Jackson, Senior Telework Planner at 713-993-2487 or visit our website at www.mysolutionis.com. 
H-GAC Honors Janet Redeker, a "Pioneer of Transit and TDM"
H-GAC honored Janet Redeker, Executive Director of the TREK Transportation Management Organization (TMO), on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Janet was presented with an award for her outstanding leadership and many accomplishments in the areas of public transportation and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) in the Houston-Galveston region. She retires from TREK after 19 years of service. 

TREK was formed in 1994 by a group of companies in Uptown/Galleria and Greenway Plaza that decided to work together to meet the Clean Air Act requirements. 

In the past thirteen years, Redeker has started an emergency ride home program, a Holiday Shuttle route, initiated the sale and delivery of METRO bus passes at a discount, and worked to match employees in carpools and vanpools. Janet has obtained grants from H-GAC to implement first-ever commuter bus service from Fort Bend County and southwest Houston to Greenway Plaza and Uptown/Galleria.

Janet Redeker has served as a City Council Member of the City of West University Place, is a member of Leadership Houston, the Association for Commuter Transportation, the Houston World Affairs Council and is on the Board of Directors of the Gulf Coast Institute. 
Northwest Houston Works - An Economic Outlook Forum
"Northwest Houston Works" is an annual economic outlook forum that brings together local experts to report on and to provide a forecast of factors impacting our community's economic health. This non-H-GAC event is hosted by the Northwest Chamber of Commerce. 
 
Keynotes by Commissioner Jack Cagle, Congressman Kevin Brady, the GHP's Patrick Jankowski, Judge Ed Emmett, and other local leaders will provide information on the region's growing economy. 

"Northwest Houston Works"- An Economic Outlook Forum 
Friday, March 28, 2014 
7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lone Star College - University Park 
20515 SH 249, Houston, TX 77070 
 

Mobility NOW En Español - Episode 5

Marco Bracamontes speaks to Maria Pilco from the Port of Houston about freight and how it impacts our community, Mario Díaz, Director of the Houston Airport System, talks about the many changes coming in the near future, and Rosa Villanueva from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (or MADD) talks about the dangers of driving while intoxicated. Click on the image to watch.    

 

  

Mobility NOW is brought to you by H-GAC so you can learn more about the way we move around our area. Make sure to subscribe to the H-GAC YouTube channel for more videos on regional mobility. 

Did you know...?

 

H-GAC in the News 

Houston-Galveston Area Council hosts 'The Art of Transportation' 

 

Trolley use is one hot topic in The Woodlands

 

City eyes accelerating mobility projects 

 

The Woodlands Township Park and Ride adding new buses 

 

TxDOT unveils new crash report purchase system 

 

Proposed Texas 36A could serve Katy-area transportation needs 

 

Residents concerned over mobility issues as study continues 

 

Telework Incentive Program 

 

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