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May 2014

In This Issue
Transportation Policy Council - April 25, 2014
Commute Solutions/Houston Astros Night Out
Public Comment Period and Public Meeting for the Draft 2015-2018 TIP
Brown Bag Series - Freight Rail: Giving Houston a Competitive Edge
May is National Bike Month
2014 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference (CFTC)
Hurricane Season is Around the Corner
Updated 2014 Regional Transit Service Guides Now Available
"The Art of Transportation" Update
The Art of Transportation - Mobility NOW Special
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Meetings & Events
TAC - Wednesday, May 14, 2014
 
TPC - Friday, May 23, 2014
 
Commute Solutions/Houston Astros Night Out  
Friday, May 2, 2014
Game Starts at 7:10 p.m.
Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford St.

Houston, TX 77002 

 

Public Meeting for the Draft 2015-2018 TIP Tuesday,May 6, 2014

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane

2nd Floor Conference Room A

Houston, TX 77027

 

Brown Bag Series

Monday, May 19, 2014 

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Houston-Galveston Area Council

3555 Timmons Lane

2nd Floor Conference Room A

Houston, TX 77027

 

2014 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference (CFTC)
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sugar Land Skeeters Stadium
Constellation Field
1 Stadium Dr.
Sugar Land, TX 77498 

 

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Transportation Policy Council - April 25, 2014
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On April 25, the Transportation Policy Council approved a resolution supporting the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) and the City of Conroe as the designated grant recipients under the Federal Transit Administration's Section 5310 Program. This program directs funding to provide additional transportation services to the elderly or disabled beyond the traditional public transportation services and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary services. The 5310 Program has been coordinated statewide for many years by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) - Public Transportation Division. The services that have been provided through that program have been a lifeline for many residents who have needed to get to important medical appointments and did not have other means of transportation available. This is part of legislation passed in July 2012 called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21.)  METRO and the City of Conroe will continue to work with H-GAC's Regional Transit Coordination Subcommittee (RTCS), Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and TPC to implement the Section 5310 program for the Houston and Conroe -The Woodlands large urbanized areas. TxDOT remains the Section 5310 designated recipient for the remainder of H-GAC's planning area.

 

Resolutions supporting six applications under USDOT's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program were approved by the TPC. The TIGER grant program is in its sixth round and has been funded with $600 million for the fiscal year 2014. Candidate projects within Metropolitan Planning Organization areas are required to receive approval from the MPO and be formally amended into the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Those projects not currently programmed in the (TIP) will be subject to approval by TPC for inclusion in the TIP should a TIGER grant be awarded. To view the details of the six grant applications, click HERE.

 

The Policy Council also approved a resolution recognizing May as National Bicycle Month. It celebrates the efforts H-GAC and its member governments have undertaken to make bicycling safe, convenient, and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. During National Bicycle Month many communities and employers will be conducting Bike to Work events.


The TPC was briefed on the status of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) including future actions to program funds available in the current fiscal year and preparations for the next four-year 2015-2018 TIP.

 

The TPC agenda with audio is available HERE.

 

Commute Solutions/Houston Astros Night Out
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H-GAC will once again be teaming up with the Houston Astros to promote its Commute Solutions Program at Minute Maid Park for the fifth consecutive year. Staff will be on hand for Astros Fans to learn about commute alternatives such as carpooling/NuRide, vanpooling, riding the bus, biking and walking. 
 
The "My Solution Is" pledge encourages local commuters to save time and money on their daily drive to and from work by becoming part of a solution to help clean our region's air.  Attendees will have the opportunity to take the pledge at the baseball game. You can also pledge your solution on our website at My Solution Is.com.

 

Commute Solutions/Houston Astros Night Out
Friday, May 2, 2014
Game Starts at 7:10 p.m.
Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford St.

Houston, TX 77002

 
Contact Isaac Perez at (832) 681-2654 or Isaac.Perez@h-gac.com for more information.

 

Public Comment Period and Public Meeting for the Draft 2015-2018 TIP

H-GAC is holding a 30-day public comment period and public meeting on the Draft 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The Draft 2015-2018 TIP is a multimodal program of transportation infrastructure and service improvements planned for implementation in the Houston Region over the next four years. It includes projects of regional significance for which federal, state and local funding is available or committed.

 

Public Meeting for the Draft 2015-2018 TIP
Tuesday,May 6, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council 
3555 Timmons Lane 

2nd Floor Conference Room A 
Houston, TX 77027 

 

The public comment period began April 14, 2014 and will end on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comments to H-GAC. All written comments may be submitted to Transportation Public Information, Houston-Galveston Area Council, P.O. Box 22777, Houston, TX 77227-2777, emailed to publiccomments@h-gac.com, or faxed to (713) 993-4508. For more information, please visit: www.h-gac.com/taq/public_info.

 

Brown Bag Series - Freight Rail: Giving Houston a Competitive Edge

You are invited to H-GAC's May Brown Bag Series presentation on Freight Rail. Union Pacific Railroad's Brenda Mainwaring will explain Houston's complex freight rail network and will describe how private investment in freight rail supports economic development, reduces regional freight congestion and addresses environmental concerns associated with freight transportation.


Brenda Mainwaring joined Union Pacific Railroad in 1997 in government affairs and moved into a program management position in 2001. She was appointed Director of Public Affairs for Iowa and Nebraska in 2007 and named Vice President Public Affairs for the Southern Region in 2013. She leads the Union Pacific Public Affairs team in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee.

 

During her career with Union Pacific, Mainwaring developed several elements of the company's historical outreach program including the Union Pacific Museum and the trademark licensing program. Prior to joining Union Pacific, Mainwaring was an intelligence analyst in Washington, D.C.

 

Brown Bag Series

Monday, May 19, 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. 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.

May is National Bike Month
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The League of American Bicyclists has designated May as National Bike Month. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy one of the region's many bikeways.

 

Bike to Work

 

To encourage commuters to bike to work, May 12-16, 2014 has been designated Bike to Work Week. Several organizations in our region are sponsoring their own Bike to Work Days:

Use H-GAC's Regional Bikeway Viewer to chart your route, and visit H-GAC's Pedestrian/Bicyclist Program for more information on how you can make your community more bike-friendly. Our publication Bicycling for Transportation: Your Guide to an Active Commute provides tips on how to bike safely throughout our region. Sign up for NuRide to get rewards for walking and biking to work.

 

 

2014 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference (CFTC)
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The 2014 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference (CFTC) will take place Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Sugar Land's Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters. CFTC is a day-long conference highlighting alternative fuels, clean vehicle technologies, and vehicle efficiency improvements. Speakers, exhibitors, and vehicle displays will highlight the latest technologies and funding for cleaner on- and off-road fleets.  
 
2014 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference (CFTC)
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sugar Land Skeeters Stadium
Constellation Field
1 Stadium Dr. 
Sugar Land, TX 77498 
 
This year's keynote address will be provided by John L. Nau III, President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Eagle Distributors. For more information visit the website 

  

 

The early registration deadline is May 13th. Register online at www.mysolutionis.com/go/cftc

 

Hurricane Season is Around the Corner
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Hurricane season begins on June 1st, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared.  Get your evacuation plans together, starting by downloading your Updated Hurricane Evacuation Maps HERE.  

 

For more information about preparing for Hurricane Season, visit www.togetheragainsttheweather.com.

 

 

 

 

Updated 2014 Regional Transit Service Guides Now Available

Updated 2014 Regional Transit Service Guides are now available. These updated transit guides provide general information about various transit services and contact information for more details if needed.

 

Getting around the Gulf Coast Region can be challenging for people without access to an automobile including but not limited to those who are elderly, disabled, low income or veterans. To meet the transportation-related challenges, a wide variety of transit services have been implemented in most parts of the region.

 

For more information and to download the transit guide appropriate to your area, click HERE. 

"The Art of Transportation" Update

"The Art of Transportation" photo exhibit featuring four decades of transportation milestones, is now showing at the TxDOT Houston District Office, 7600 Washington Blvd, 77007. The exhibit is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. (Check with Receptionist)

 

For a video tour and for more information, visit www.theartoftransportation.com.

 

The Art of Transportation - Mobility NOW Special

This very special episode of Mobility NOW celebrates four decades of transportation milestones in the Houston-Galveston region.  Alan Clark sits down with Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Brazoria County Precinct 2 Commissioner Matt Sebesta to discuss the achievements of our system and the challenges we face in the future. 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 ...?
Every commuter in the Houston-Galveston area spends
$1090 per year on congestion-related costs. 


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