November 2016
Transportation Policy Council - October 28, 2016
The Transportation Policy Council (TPC) 
Transit Providers
unanimously approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) describing a cooperative agreement between the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the providers of public transportation services in the eight-county Houston-Galveston Transportation Management Area (TMA). Stakeholders with MOU signatures are the following: H-GAC MPO, TxDOT, METRO, Brazos Transit District, Colorado Valley, Fort Bend County, City of Galveston Island Transit, Gulf Coast Center Connect Transit, Harris County Community Services Department-Harris County Transit, The Woodlands Township and The City of Conroe. 

This document will address the requirements contained in federal rules. Joint responsibilities must be met for establishing and maintaining a cooperative, comprehensive and continuing (3-C) metropolitan transportation planning and programming process.                             

H-GAC Transportation Planner, Kari Hackett, outlined multiple key provisions including the Metropolitan Planning Process, MPO Structure & Planning Boundaries, and Unified Planning Work Program, along with other provisions. 

Presentations and videos of this TPC meeting can be viewed on the H-GAC website HERE. 
Cancellation Notice
November TAC and TPC meetings are cancelled.

The next TAC meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 and the next TPC meeting will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016. Both meetings will be held at the H-GAC Offices, 3555 Timmons Lane, 2nd Fl. Conference Room B., Houston, TX 77027 at 9:30 a.m.
Greater Houston Freight Committee
On October 24, more than 50 people attended the 
second meeting of the Greater Houston Freight Committee- a new group dedicated to integrating private sector input into the transportation planning process. Participants included port authorities, railroads, real estate developers, logistics firms, trucking companies, and petrochemical manufacturers. The Committee reviewed a draft of locally identified Critical Urban Freight Corridors and provided input on the current Harris County Truck Study. Additionally, H-GAC staff announced a new online map-based data analysis tool that will compile various sources of data and performance measures into one location for the first time. The next meeting date is tentatively set for late January 2017. Please send questions and comments to GHFC@h-gac.com.
Regional Safety Council
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provided the Council with a presentation on the Takata Airbag Recall. A representative provided vital information on a dangerous airbag inflator defect that is putting drivers and passengers at risk of serious injury or death, resulting in the largest safety recall in U.S. History. 

Owners of the following vehicles are advised to stop driving until the defected airbags have been properly replaced: 2001-2002 Honda Civics and Accords, 2002-2003 Acura TL, 2002 Honda Odyssey, 2003 Honda Pilot and 2003 Acura CL.  

For more information visit Airbagrecall.com.
Pedestrian Evaluation Tool
Sidewalks, paths, intersections, and other pedestrian amenities are an important part of the transportation network. H-GAC now provides a Pedestrian Evaluation Tool to help local governments and other interested stakeholders evaluate the safety, comfort and convenience of pedestrian facilities in their community, helping to plan future infrastructure investments.

This tool, available online and as a printable PDF, is intended to be used for preliminary planning and project prioritization.

View the Pedestrian Evaluation Tool HERE.
 
For more information, contact Andrew Pompei
at 832-681-2598.
University of Houston Road Warriors
Commute Solutions spent some time at the University
of Houston last Saturday, October 29, reaching more than 500 students and fans alike. As part of the Road Warriors campaign, Commute Solutions encouraged fans to try a commute alternative to driving alone, such as METRORail or carpooling. 

Deputy Director, Eulois Cleckley, participated in a radio interview with Pregame host Matt "Soccer" Thomas. Mr. Cleckley described the purpose of Commute Solutions stating "With the rising population and employment growth in the Houston-Galveston region, H-GAC's Commute Solutions program offers sustainable transportation options. The goal is to improve the daily commute of citizens, help lower the cost of transportation, relieve the stress of traveling crowded highways to and from work, and in general, make the region a better place to live and work". The interview aired before kickoff on the KPRC 950 AM radio station. 

Road Warriors are encouraged to like and follow us on social media. As a way to promote the HGACmpo Facebook page, fans enjoyed posing for pictures with a Facebook newsfeed cutout board. For more information on Commute Solutions and how to become a Road Warrior, visit www.findasmarterwaytowork.org.

Commute Solutions will be out again this Saturday at Rice University, as the Rice Owls take on Florida Atlantic.

Carpool, vanpool, bus, bike or rail. Try something new one day a week.
Become a Road Warrior for a Smarter Commute
MEET JANIS.
Nicknamed "The Bus Lady," Janis Scott knows more about local bus routes than just about anyone. Let her know where you want to go, and she'll not only tell you which bus to take, she'll give you tips about points of interest along the way. "I'm like Google," Janis says.
A native Houstonian, Janis has ridden the bus since she was a kid. She didn't buy a car until after graduating from Rice University and soon found herself right back on the bus. "I didn't like driving," she says. "The bus is a much more pleasant experience. I can catch up on emails, read a book or just look out the window."
Her car-happy friends don't always understand her choice to ride the bus, and she acknowledges it take a little more effort than driving somewhere. But she finds the payoff worth it. "Riding the bus has made me a more adventurous person. An explorer. There's so much less stress, and I can go anywhere I want."
"My way of getting around the universe" - The Bus Lady
Be like Janis, and give your commute an upgrade.
Become a Road Warrior for a smarter commute. Carpool, vanpool, bus, bike or rail-try something new one day a week.

To learn more about Janis and smarter ways to commute, visit www.findasmarterwaytowork.org
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Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 
Cancelled
Transportation Policy Council (TPC) Meeting
Friday, November 18, 2016
Cancelled
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