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May 2015

In This Issue
Transportation Policy Council - April 24, 2015
Brown Bag Lunch Series - The Port of Houston: We Are Ready!
May is National Bike Month
2015 Hurricane Evacuation Maps Available
H-GAC Commute Survey
H-GAC Announces Marine/Construction Equipment Grant Funding
A new episode of Mobility NOW En Español is available
Funding Available for Electric Delivery Vehicles in Houston
Did you Know ...?
H-GAC in the News
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TAC - Wednesday, May 13, 2015
 
TPC - Friday, May 22, 2015 

 

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Monday, May 18, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor Conference Room B
Houston, TX 77027
 

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Transportation Policy Council - April 24, 2015
On April 24, 2015 the TPC made recommendations on  freight needs for the Houston-Galveston area to be identified in the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) Freight Mobility Plan. As part of the process, H-GAC and the local TxDOT district office ranked the importance of highway and bridge needs that impact freight movement. For more information about recommendations click HERE.

 

Image Courtesy of Guidry News

The TPC approved a resolution recognizing May as Bike Month. Several agencies and organizations within the Houston-Galveston region have activities planned during National Bike to Work Week. H-GAC is hosting its own Bike and Walk to Work Day on Thursday, May 14, 2015.


The TPC was briefed on the 2015 Call for Projects for the 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP.) Staff is completing an initial review of the applications submitted. An updated schedule can be found HERE.

 

The TPC agenda with audio is available HERE. 

Brown Bag Lunch Series - The Port of Houston: We Are Ready!

Phyllis Saathoff, POHA Deputy Executive Dir. - Corporate Affairs

You are cordially invited to attend this month's Brown Bag 

Presentation. Phyllis Saathoff, Port of Houston Authority's Deputy Executive Director for Corporate Affairs will present on:

 

  • The State of the Port
  • The deepening and widening of the Port Channels
  • The impact of the Panama Canal

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Monday, May 18, 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.

May is National Bike Month 

Bicycles parked at Discovery Green in Houston.May is National Bike Month, and many communities are celebrating with Bike to Work Days and other events that encourage biking. Check out the range of activities planned for the Houston region on the Bike Houston website HERE.

 

Spring is a great time to enjoy the region's many bikeways, and riders can use H-GAC's Regional Bikeway Viewer or the Regional Bikeway Map to chart routes.
 

H-GAC is hosting its own Bike and Walk to Work Day on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

 

For additional information about bicycle and pedestrian activities in our region, please contact Andrew Pompei at 832-681-2598.

 

Learn how to promote National Bike Month from the League of American Bicyclists.

 

2015 Hurricane Evacuation Maps Available 

Important changes have been made to the hurricane evacuation routes in the Houston-Galveston region. Starting this year, evacuation traffic travelling northbound on State Highway 6 (SH 6) from Galveston and Brazoria counties will be routed to State Highway 99 (SH 99; also known as the Grand Parkway) at US 59 in Sugarland, Texas.

The new route will be on the 2015 Hurricane Zip Zone Map, which is available on the H-GAC website at www.h-gac.com/taq/hurricane
.

 

H-GAC Commute Survey

H-GAC engaged the research services of Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) to conduct a public survey to analyze the effects alternative commute programs have on reducing congestion, as well as provide insight into any barriers to success for these and future travel demand management strategies.

 

Efforts to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles on roadways is critical due to current congestion, population growth, and planned major roadway construction. TTI researchers collected more than 10,000 survey responses to ascertain current practices and preferences of both commuters and employers. Findings from the study enable H-GAC and partners to review and improve incentives aimed at managing roadway congestion by boosting participation in alternative travel modes, telecommuting, alternative work schedules, and other practices.

 

A few findings from the survey include:

  • 55 percent think improving transit, walking biking to be the best use of taxpayer money.
  • 47 percent think roadway construction delays will have the most negative impact on their commute in the next 5 years.
  • 37 percent who used one mode of travel had no other option to get to work.

 

TTI has completed the first phase of the SPR study and has compiled survey results and analysis at: http://www.ghcommutes.org.

H-GAC Announces Marine/Construction Equipment Grant Funding

H-GAC has announced grant funding available for regional marine vessel owners and regional construction equipment owners for the purchase and deployment of clean diesel or alternative fuel tug, tow/push boats, or heavy-duty construction equipment. The equipment must operate within the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB) non-attainment area and requires the destruction of the replaced equipment. Applicants are expected to provide two years of data collection and reporting. Responses to the Call for Projects must include CARB or EPA certified equipment.  

 

For more information regarding marine projects, click HERE, and for more information regarding nonroad construction equipment, click HERE

 

A new episode of Mobility NOW En Español is available

Houston District I Council member Robert Gallegos shows the perks of riding Greenlink buses. The free service provides 18 convenient stops in downtown Houston including the Toyota Center, Discovery Green park and the George R. Brown Convention Center. Greenlink buses run every 7-10 minutes. 

Marco Bracamontes interviews District I Councilman Robert Gallegos

 

Carlos Villanueva with AAA explains the importance of vehicle maintenance. He encourages viewers to thoroughly check vehicles every time the engine light is on. 

 

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia recommends keeping motor vehicles on check to mitigate congestion. He explains the role of Motorist Assistance Program (M.A.P) to keep traffic flowing.

Gerardo Moreno, owner and CEO of GM Trucking LLC, achieved his dream of owning a prosperous transportation business. He explains how he grew his fleet with assistance from H-GAC's Drayage Loan Program. 

 

Connect Transit provides public transportation in Brazoria and Galveston Counties. Maria Ybañez of Connect Transit offers information on this fast growing service.


To watch the full episode, click HEREYou can watch Mobility NOW or individual interviews on H-GAC's YouTube channel (TheHGACog) or MobilityNOW.tv

Funding Available for Electric Delivery Vehicles in Houston

H-GAC has received a grant from The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the introduction of electric transportation technologies into the cargo transport sector. The goal of 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. These vehicles will also eliminate vehicle emissions and petroleum consumption. 

 

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. 

 

H-GAC is currently soliciting additional project partners for at least another 12 zero-emission delivery vehicles in the greater Houston area. 

 

For more information click HERE.

 

Did you know ...?
Click HERE to view the 2014 Regional Mobility Report


H-GAC in the News

Study tries to simplify details of proposed Woodlands Parkway extension

Program Aims To Get Dirty Trucks Off The Road

Widening I-10 in Houston a lengthy, gradual process

Port of Houston Authority Receives Nearly $900,000 to Clean Up Diesel Engines

Expanded Service Meets the Demand of Area Park and Rides

Township explores CNG option for buses

Grand Parkway paves the way for growth

Need for countywide mobility plan debated

Construction on HOV lanes to begin in June

10 things to know about Montgomery County's road bond

Expanded Service Meets the Demand of Area Park and Rides

EPA administrator visits Port of Houston Authority to make announcement

EPA Promotes Green Initiatives at Port of Houston

Transportation hot topic at BayTran event

Bike programs in Houston, San Antonio on different paths

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