May 2017
Transportation Policy Council - April 28, 2017
Pictured from left to right:
2nd Vice Chair Ken Clark; 1st Vice Chair Rusty Senac; Chairman Matt Sebesta; Council Member Darrell Morrison; Secretary Tom Reid

Pictured from left to right:
2nd Vice Chair Ken Clark; Chairman Matt Sebesta; 1st Vice Chair Rusty Senac; Mayor Glenn Royal; Secretary Tom Reid
This month the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) and the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) extended their appreciation to Council Member Darrell Morrison of Pasadena and Seabrook Mayor Glenn Royal. Since both TPC members will be leaving office this month we wish them the best and thanked them for their service.

H-GAC staff presented several amendments for the Council's approval. An amendment to the 2016-2017 UPWP was amongst the requested. The purpose of the amendment was to add a project task for the development of a regional base map for use with the Statewide Traffic Analysis and Reporting System (STARS II) to input data into the Federal Highway Performance Monitoring System. The TPC unanimously approved all of the amendments presented. 

Also approved was a Resolution in support of May as Bike Month. Program Manager Patrick Mandapaka addressed the Council and presented local Bike Month events in addition to bicycle safety tips.

To view the TPC meeting live-stream archive click HERE.
Breakfast With TPC Workshop: Regional Population & Economy
Dr. Robert Murdock speaking about education attainment for the population age 25 and over by race/ethnicity
H-GAC hosted its first Breakfast with TPC Workshop. Dr. Robert Murdock spoke about education attainment for the population age 25 and over by race/ethnicity. Guest speakers included Dr. Robert Murdock, Director, Hobby Center for the Study of Texas and Professor for the Department of Sociology, Rice University and Patrick Jankowski, Senior Vice President, for Research, Greater Houston Partnership.

Dr. Murdock and Mr. Jankowski gave presentations on our region's changing demographics and economy. The purpose explored how these changes may affect mobility within the region between now and 2050.

2016 Annual Mobility Report
The 2016 Annual Mobility Report is now available. The report summarizes key economic and transportation performance measures that reflect our progress toward achieving a safe, reliable, multimodal transportation network. 

As in previous years, performance statistics have been shown for each of the state goals in the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. These goals include the reduction of congestion and vehicle crashes, asset management and operations, support for regional economic development opportunities, potential impact on the environment (required reductions in on-road motor vehicle emissions), and a determination that projects did not disproportionately and adversely impact minority or low-income communities.

Download the 2016 H-GAC Annual Mobility Report HERE.
You're Invited to the H-GAC & Greenway Plaza Bike to Work Day
The League of American Bicyclists presents 
National Bike Month in May. Bike Month includes multiple events in communities nationwide with the most popular being "Bike to Work Day." 

The Houston-Galveston region's active bicycling population includes recreational riders and those for whom bicycling is their primary means of transportation. In partnership with Greenway Plaza, H-GAC is hosting its own Bike to Work Day at the Green Square between Greenway 9 and 11 in Greenway Plaza, on Thursday, May 18 
from 7:00 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. Mr. Chuck Wemple, H-GAC Chief Operations Officer, will feature regional impacts of biking to work as a commute solution at 8:00 a.m. Be sure to stop by on your way into work for light refreshments.

Here are a list of several other events being held around the region.

May 6, 2017
Piñata Festival Ride, East End
May 14, 2017
CycloFemm, an International Women's Ride
May 10, 2017 May 17, 2017Bike to Work, White Oak Bayou
May 12, 2017
May 18, 2017Bike to Work, Energy Corridor
May 12, 2017
May 18, 2017Ride of Silence, Houston City Hall
May 12, 2017
May 19, 2017
Bike to Work, City of Houston
Used CNG Vehicles for Sale
Through the Clean Cities program, several companies chose to switch to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for their fleet vehicles. Now, early adopters of the program are reaching mileage milestones set by company policy and the need to sell and replace them with newer models. This is a new market and a perfect opportunity for those interested in CNG fleet vehicles, as the expectation is that selling prices will be very competitive. More used CNG vehicles will be coming on to the market soon.

For information purposes, we will be listing these vehicles on our website. This will put you in direct contact with the owners. H-GAC is not acting as a broker. This site is for information purposes only. 

To find out more and get ahead of the competition click HERE
Interactive Alternative Fuel Finder (IAFF)
H-GAC introduces the Interactive Alternative Fuel Finder, a new tool to help existing alternative fuel users find refueling stations for any alternative fuel type. It shows up-to-date filling locations along with additional information such as contact information, opening hours, and payment options. Additionally, this tool can also help alternative fuel users and providers locate the need for future stations using market and regional fleet location data. By combining this information, it will be possible to examine the existing supply of a particular alternative fuel and combine that with information about where local fleets reside and the location of local warehouses and other freight facilities to better understand both supply and demand within the HGB region.

This tool can be found and explored at
Save the Date: Brown Bag Lunch Series
Jeff Taebel, FAICP
Livable Centers: More Choices, Great Places 
Presented by Jeff Taebel, FAICP
Director, Community and Environmental Planning
Houston-Galveston Area Council

Save the Date for H-GAC's May Brown Bag Lunch Series presentation, "Livable Centers" by Mr. Jeff Taebel.

Since 2008, H-GAC has worked with local partners to complete 24 Livable Centers' Studies in diverse locations throughout the 8-county region with five additional studies soon to be underway. In 2016, H-GAC developed a report on implementation efforts by Livable Centers and local partners to date. Key findings from that report, included:
  • Trip Reduction: H-GAC estimates approximately 416,000 trips are made daily in the region's Livable Centers on foot, bicycle, or via transit.
  • Job Growth: From 2009-2014, Livable Centers outpaced the 8-county region in job growth 20.4% to 16.0%.
  • Capital Improvements: Nearly $200 million in locally sponsored capital improvements have been made in Livable Centers Study Areas to date; over $270 million more have been planned or programmed.
When:Monday, May 15 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. 
Where:H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane, 2nd Floor, Rm. B
Houston, TX 77027

Bring your lunch and join us! 
Galveston Island Trollies Expected to Run Mid-May
     Photo courtesy of City of Galveston
The City of Galveston is preparing for tourist season! Four rubber wheel trollies arrived on the Island in March and they brought their charm with them. The rubber wheel trollies will be used to run downtown and along the Seawall from Stewart Beach to Moody Gardens until the rail cars are restored.

The goal is to encourage both residents and visitors to park their cars and ride the trollies around the island to help minimize traffic congestion. The City of Galveston is hoping to have them in service by mid-May.

The trollies are expected to run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and riders will be able to ride for free this summer. 
Downtown Houston Carpoolers are Offered Discounts
H-GAC partnered with SP+ Parking to offer downtown carpoolers discounted parking rates (20-40% off) through its Commute Solutions program.

Carpoolers who register on NuRide are eligible to redeem this offer as well as a variety of other discounts and rewards. This offer ends May 31.

To register on NuRide click HERE.
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Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor Room B.
Houston, TX 77027

Transportation Policy Council (TPC) Meeting
Friday, May 26, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor Room B.
Houston, TX 77027

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