Houston-Galveston Area Council

May 2013
In This Issue
TPC - April 26, 2013
Have You Heard of Comprehensive Development Agreements?
May is Nat'l Bike Month
GM Exec to Keynote CFTC
Did you know...?
H-GAC in the News
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May Meetings
TAC - Wednesday,
May 15, 2013
TPC - Friday,
May 24, 2013 

Clean Vehicles Webinar
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Commute Solutions at
Minute Maid Park
Friday, May 10, 2013
7:10 p.m. - 10:10 p.m.
Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford St
Houston, TX 77002


US 90A - Access Management
Public Meeting
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
George Memorial Library
1001 Golfview Dr
Richmond, TX 77469
Brown Bag Lunch - CDAs
Monday, May 20, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
H-GAC Conf Room A
3555 Timmons Ln
Houston, TX 77027
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Transportation Policy Council - April 26, 2013

Transportation Policy Council 
On Friday, April 26, 2013 the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) approved amendments to the 2013-2016 TIP and 2035 RTP committing $545 million of roadway mobility funding for projects on US 290, SH 146 and US 59 S in Harris, Galveston and Fort Bend Counties. The TPC also agreed with the City of Conroe and The Woodlands Township's request to program $270,000 of federal transit formula funds apportioned to their urbanized area. Federal funds in the amount of $800,000 were programmed for the continuation of incident management services along major highways through the Harris County Sheriff's Motorist Assistance Program (MAP).


An update to the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) to allocate FTA 5307 funding for transit planning in Conroe and The Woodlands, and to revise the Fort Bend County Thoroughfare Plan was approved.

The TPC unanimously selected over $400 million in highway, mass transit, bicycle/pedestrian and clean air projects from the 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Call for Projects. Approximately $50 million remains available through FY 2016 to support additional regional priorities. 
The candidate projects still under consideration include a proposed busway on Post Oak Boulevard, transit centers in Bellaire and Missouri City, and other transit and bicycle trail and path projects. A recommendation to program these remaining funds is expected to be available for TPC action at their May or June meeting.

TPC also approved TxDOT's Functional Classification changes to roadways in the eight-county region. Furthermore, the TPC supported TxDOT as the designated recipient of FTA Section 5310 funds for FY 2013. This designation will advance transportation services for seniors and persons with disabilities by allowing TxDOT to award funds based on funding requests already submitted and under consideration.
Click here to review the agenda and to listen to the meeting.  

Have You Heard of Comprehensive Development Agreements?


You are invited to H-GAC's May Brown Bag Series presentation on Comprehensive Development Agreements or "CDAs." A CDA is a financing tool in which a transportation project may be developed, constructed, operated, and financed by the private sector. 

This tool has been used by TxDOT on toll road projects in Dallas and Austin and will be considered for use on the SH 288 managed lanes in Harris County. Mr. Eddie Sanchez, TxDOT's East Region CDA Director will provide opening remarks.  

Mr. Daniel J. Filer, P.E., Vice President Business Development of Ferrovial Agroman in Austin, TX will describe his firm's experience with CDAs. 

Ferrovial, S.A. is the world's leading private investor in transportation infrastructure with a workforce of approximately 70,000 employees and operations in more than 15 countries. Ferrovial Agroman US Corp is the US-based business unit which manages projects including CDAs.

Mr. Filer joined Ferrovial Agroman after 15 years of design and construction experience. Mr. Filer worked 11 years as a consultant in a variety of roles including design engineer, project manager, project sponsor, client service leader, and business development manager. In his current role, he is responsible for strategic planning, new business identification, deal assessment and partnering for infrastructure projects.

Bring some food and join us for our Brown Bag Lunch Series on Comprehensive Development Agreements!  


Monday, May 20, 2013

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
H-GAC Conference Room A
3555 Timmons Ln
Houston, TX 77027


For more information or to RSVP, contact Rosalind Hebert, CAP-OM, at (713) 993-2471 or a  

May is National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month, and now is the perfect time to enjoy one of the region's many bikeways. The goal of National Bike Month is to increase public awareness for bicycle safety and to promote cycling as a fun, healthy, and green mode of transportation. It is promoted by the League of American Bicyclists.


Bike to Work Events

Wednesday, May 15: Texas Medical Center Bike to Work Day

Thursday, May 16: Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day

Thursday, May 16: H-GAC Staff Bike and Walk to Work Day

Friday, May 17: Bike the Woodlands Day


Safe Riding Tips

Bicycling for Transportation

Texas Bicycle Laws

Five Steps to Riding Better

Riding Safely Video

Online Education


For more information contact Chelsea Young at (713) 993-2497 or at

General Motors Exec to Keynote Clean Fleet Technologies Conference

Dan Frakes, Manager of Advanced Technology and Vehicle Fuels Policy at General Motors, will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference. Mr Frakes will highlight the latest technologies, infrastructure, and alternative fuels for cleaner cars and trucks.


Discover opportunities for alternative fuels, clean vehicle technologies, and efficiency improvements at the Clean Fleet Technologies Conference. The Houston region can benefit from the economic, energy security, and environmental impacts of alternative fuels.




Clean Fleet Technologies ConferenceCFTC

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Constellation Field

Sugar Land Skeeters Ballpark

1 Stadium Drive

Sugar Land, TX 77498


Cost: $35 by May 8, $50 after May 8, $10 for school district representatives


Register now for the 2013 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference at  


Sponsorship, exhibitor, and vehicle display opportunities are available. Contact Allison Carr at (832) 681-2583 or for more information on this event.

Did you know...?

The Panama Canal is being expanded and will double its capacity by 2015. This could mean more ships will be docking and unloading in the Port of Houston and the Port of Freeport, which could significantly improve our region's economy.

H-GAC in the News 
Ways to Work program has received JARC grant funding for several years.


The online research group Walk Score has named Houston the "Most Walkable City" in Texas and 23rd overall in the country.


Clean fuel big rigs at Port of Houston are green and handle like golf carts.


Fresh Air Friday brings 2,000 out of their offices and into downtown.


Southern Montgomery County entities will examine transportation concerns across the region and prioritize transportation projects.

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