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March 2015

In This Issue
Transportation Policy Council - February 27, 2015
Brown Bag Lunch Series - Regional State of Traffic Safety Update
SH 249 Access Management Study Public Meeting
H-GAC's Drayage Truck Program
Park-and-Ride Service Growing in Galveston County
2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)
Designing for Impact - Low Impact Development (LID)
Funding Available for Electric Delivery Vehicles in Houston
Did you Know ...?
H-GAC in the News
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Meetings & Events
TAC - Wednesday, March 18, 2015
 
TPC - Friday, March 27, 2015 

 


Brown Bag Lunch Series

Monday, March 16, 2015

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor Conference Room B
Houston, TX 77027

 

SH 249 Access Management Study Public Meeting

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

White Oak Conference Center

7603 Antoine Drive

Houston, TX 77088


 

H-GAC's YouTube Channel 
Transportation Policy Council - February 27, 2015

On February 27 the TPC awarded Transportation Development Credits (TDC) to the Gulf Coast Center to support their acquisition of vehicles for a new circulator service in Kemah. To find out more, click HERE.


The TPC approved the candidate list of projects for FY15 Proposition 1 funding. The Policy Council's action mirrors The Texas Transportation Commission's action taken on February 26, and ensures the selected projects can proceed to construction over the coming months. For more information, click HERE.
 


Michael W. Alford, District Engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation's Houston District, was recognized for his service to the TPC and the region. He has served on the TPC from the beginning of 2009 until 2015.

 

The TPC also authorized the submittal of additional documentation which may be needed to secure federal approval of the Transportation Conformity Determination for the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. For more details, click HERE.

 

The TPC requested the 84th Texas Legislature to support the full appropriation of future revenue for the Low Income Vehicle Repair, Retrofit, and Accelerated Vehicle Retirement Program (LIRAP) and The Texas Emission Reduction Plan (TERP) program. LIRAP helps low income individuals whose vehicles have failed to pass the state's emission tests. TERP provides financial incentives to eligible individuals, businesses, or local governments to reduce emissions from older, high polluting vehicles and equipment. 

 

The TPC agenda with audio is available HERE. 

Brown Bag Lunch Series - Regional State of Traffic Safety Update

You are cordially invited to attend this month's Brown Bag Presentation. Jeff Kaufman, AICP, Transportation Operations Coordinator for H-GAC will present: 

  • An overview of what crash data contains and how to appropriately interpret the information
     
     
  • A brief update on the State of Traffic Safety 2007-2014 including information on impaired driving, distracted driving, pedestrians, and commercial vehicles
Brown Bag Lunch Series
Monday, March 16, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor Conference Room B
Houston, TX 77027

This event is open to the public. Bring your lunch and join us. For more information contact Rosalind Hebert at 713-993-2471.

SH 249 Access Management Study Public Meeting

Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is working with the Texas Department of Transportation and area stakeholders to identify strategies to improve traffic flow, safety, and quality of life.

 

Attend the public meeting to comment on planned improvements to SH 249 and connecting streets, bicycle/pedestrian networks, and transit systems. 

 

SH 249 Access Management Study Public Meeting

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

White Oak Conference Center

7603 Antoine Drive

Houston, TX 77088

 

6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Registration/Open House

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Presentation
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Open House

 

Submit written comments online to PublicComments@h-gac.com; mail to H-GAC Transportation Public Information, P.O. Box 22777, Houston, TX 77227-2777; or fax to 713-993-4508. For more information, visit http://www.h-gac.com/go/sh249.

H-GAC's Drayage Truck Program 

Are You Ready to Replace Your OLD Truck? 

 

H-GAC's Drayage Truck Program provides grants to trucking companies looking to replace their Class-8 diesel trucks with a new truck. Low interest loans are also available to qualified applicants.


 

Completed applications must be received no later than May 1, 2015. Grant amounts vary and are based on $15,000 per ton of NOx reductions.

 

To begin the application process, please contact program staff at 832-681-2588 or visit 

www.mysolutionis.com/go/Drayage.

Park-and-Ride Service Growing in Galveston County 

In December of 2014, the Gulf Coast Center/Connect Transit took delivery of three new transit buses, the acquisition of which was supported by H-GAC through the provision of Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds (CMAQ). These funds are ultimately derived from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and are passed to H-GAC through the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

H-GAC is also providing funding support to the Gulf Coast Center/Connect Transit to increase service from the popular Victory Lakes Park & Ride. New runs are expected to begin operation around
mid-March, with one-way fares running $3 per passenger. This service runs from 2214 Gulf Freeway South in League City to Galveston Island during morning and afternoon peak periods, with one run at midday. To see the current schedule click HERE

 

2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

As our region adds three to four million residents over the next 25 years, existing transportation funding resources do not support the levels of investment necessary to supply adequate mobility and accessibility in the future. The 2040 RTP provides a responsible guide for maintaining and improving the current transportation system and identifies priority transportation investments. This is the latest update to a continuous planning process involving the eight central counties of the thirteen-county region.

The recommended investments in the plan total approximately $75 billion in 2015 dollars. Based on the Plan goals, performance outcomes and investment strategies, most of this funding supports ongoing maintenance, replacement and operation of existing transportation infrastructure and services.

As part of the 2040 RTP planning process there was a robust public outreach campaign stretching across three years and throughout the region. This included public meetings, open houses, television and video presentations, radio interviews, and many valuable discussions with key partner agencies and transportation stakeholders. Overall, more than 60 events were held and approximately 3,000 instances of public input have been documented.

 

To view the plan visit www.2040plan.org.

Designing for Impact - Low Impact Development (LID)

 

Low Impact Development (LID) is a method of developing land that preserves nature and lowers infrastructure and maintenance costs. LID works with nature to capture and disperse stormwater as close to its source as possible. Rather than sending stormwater to a system of storm drain pipes, LID works to distribute stormwater across a project site in order to restore groundwater supply. LID techniques are proven to decrease development and infrastructure expenditures, reduce operations and maintenance costs, and enhance the marketability of projects.

 

As part of the project, H-GAC is launching a new web page featuring an interactive mapping tool highlighting LID practices in progress and in action across the 13-county H-GAC region. Users can simply click on a site on the map to learn more about the features and benefits of the practices and see photos from the specific project. People using the map can also submit information about LID projects for inclusion in the mapping tool. 

 

More information is available HERE.

Funding Available for Electric Delivery Vehicles in Houston

Clean Cities 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. The goal for 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. This will also significantly reduce vehicle emissions and petroleum consumption.

 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded this grant to H-GAC with the objective to accelerate the introduction of electric transportation technologies into the cargo transport sector. H-GAC is soliciting additional project partners for at least another 12 zero-emission delivery vehicles in the greater Houston area. Interested fleets can find out more at: http://www.h-gac.com/purchasing/rfp/trn14-06.aspx.

 

Did you know ...?
Bikes on Buses increase by 50% in 2014
 
 
 
251,072 boardings vs. 167,421 in 2013*


*Source: METRO FY 2014

H-GAC in the News


Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District

Lack of transit options leaves many in bind

Study: Woodlands Parkway traffic would increase at faster rate with extension than without it

City official to head transportation board

Houston-Galveston Area Council General Assembly

H-GAC Transportation Policy Council

Three Fort Bend roads could receive state funding, says H-GAC


Prop 1 funding approved for Houston projects, including portion of Hwy. 290

Woodands transit plan calls for expansion of bus services

Woodlands panel begins to tackle transit plan

PROP 1 Sends millions to Fort Bend county

TxDOT approves Greater Houston area road projects to receive Prop. 1 funds

County roads bond gets entangled in Woodlands battle
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