Transportation Policy Council - April 22, 2016
On April 22, 2016 the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) approved the Revised Transportation Conformity Determination. The Houston - Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is required to ensure that the existing and new regionally significant projects included in the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) are consistent with the region's air quality goals. The transportation conformity determination for the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) received federal approval on September 11, 2015. 
Pictured from left to right: 
Andy Mao, TxDOT and Alan Clark, 
H-GAC
Since that time H-GAC has taken action to amend the RTP and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and has identified additional changes needed to the TIP and RTP required a new demonstration of conformity. This new transportation conformity determination will be used to support the approval of the 2017-2020 TIP which must be transmitted to TxDOT in June 2016.

All regionally significant projects, regardless of funding source, must be considered in this analysis and found 
to conform before federal actions related to the projects cabe made. These actions include but are not limited to funding obligations, releases for rights-of-way acquisition or  final design, and approvals of environmental documents and permits.

Presentations and videos of this TPC meeting can be viewed on the H-GAC website HERE.
2016 Hurricane Evacuation Zip Zone Map
Hurricanes are a major threat to the Houston-Galveston region. Depending on the severity of the hurricane, it may become necessary to evacuate portions of the Houston-Galveston region. The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) works closely with the State and local jurisdictions to aid in the planning of regional evacuations.
The updated Hurricane Evacuation Map is available online to the media and the public at large.  

To view the 2016 Hurricane Evacuation Map 
HERE. 
Learn more about the Hurricane Evacuation Planning HERE
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Transportation Minute
H-GAC Transportation Outreach team has developed the "Transportation Minute" video series. This short format campaign offers residents with tools to participate in agency-sponsored programs. The first "minute" focuses on Commute Solutions and transit. 

METRO's New Bus Network is providing commuters with an alternative way to get to and from work. The new network is now running seven days a week with more frequent routes. Connectivity has also been improved making it easier for commuters to reach their destinations. Transit is a great commute solution to try once a week.

The goal of this initiative is to mitigate congestion and reduce emissions in our regional transportation system.  Production of each installment will be a collaboration between transportation partners and limited contractor support. 

To view, click HERE.
SAVE THE DATE: Brown Bag Lunch Series
SAVE THE DATE for a Brown Bag Lunch presentation on "Autonomous Vehicles" by Mr. Steve Novosad, Sr. ITS Project Manager, HNTB Corporation, San Antonio, TX.

When: Monday, May 16, 2016, Noon to 1:00 PM
Where: H-GAC offices, 3555 Timmons Lane, 2nd Floor, Room B, Houston, TX 77027

Steve's presentation will cover:
* History of connected vehicles 
* Overview of autonomous vehicles
* How connected and autonomous vehicles can work together
* Connected vehicle pilot program
* What's next and how can we be ready?

Bring your lunch and join us! (RSVPs not required)

This event is open to the public. For any inquries about the Brown Bag Series contact Ms. Rosalind Hebert, CAP-OM, at 713-993-2471 or Rosalind.Hebert@H-GAC.com, with inquires or comments.
May is Bike Month
May is "National Bike Month", and many communities are celebrating with "Bike to Work Days" and other events encouraging biking.

Scheduled Bike to Work Days in the region:

 

Ready to Ride Clinic and Social RideWednesday, May 4

Texas Medical Center, Friday, May 6

CycloFemme, Sunday, May 8

Greenway Plaza/Galleria, Thursday, May 12

Sugar Land, Friday, May 13

Ride of Silence, Wednesday, May 18

Johnson Space Center, Thursday, May 19

Energy Corridor, Thursday, May 19

Downtown Houston, Friday, May 20


Additional Bike to Work Days are being added to the Bike Houston calendar
Bicyclists can use H-GAC's Regional Bikeway Viewer or the Regional Bikeway Map to find places to ride in their area. Bicycling for Transportation: Your Guide to an Active Commute provides tips on how to bike safely. Sign up for NuRide to get rewards for walking and biking to work.
 
Learn how to promote National Bike Month from the League of American Bicyclists.
H-GAC Mobility Report 2015
The 2015 Mobility Report summarizes key economic and transportation performance measures that reflect our progress toward achieving a safe, reliable,
multimodal transportation network. 

Twenty percent of the region's commuters use alternative modes of transportation to work at least once a week. This includes using transit, vanpool, carpool, biking, walking and teleworking. Bicycling has become a more attractive option for commuters. in 2015, the transport of bicycles on buses increased 4% to 262,271.  


View the the 2015 Mobility Report HERE.
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Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Fl. Conference Room B.
Houston, TX 77027
Transportation Policy Council (TPC) Meeting
Friday, May 27, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Fl. Conference Room B.
Houston, TX 77027
Brown Bag Lunch Series
Monday, May16, 2016
Noon - 1:00p.m.  
H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Fl. Conference Room B.
Houston, TX 77027
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