November 2017
Transportation Policy Council - October 27, 2017
Left to right: 1st Vice Chair Rusty Senac, 2nd Vice Chair Ken Clark, Chairman Matt Sebesta, Council Member McCartney, and Secretary Tom Reid  

On October 27, the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) approved a Resolution of Commendation to outgoing Council Member David McCartney for his distinguished service to the City of Baytown and the Houston-Galveston Area Council. McCartney served on the TPC from January 2015 to October 2017.
 
The Council also approved a Resolution amending the 2017-2020 TIP and the 2040 RTP for 103 projects which involved adjustments to existing projects. 

A recommendation by the TPC Nominating Committee was also approved for two vacant, at-large appointments to the Technical Advisory Committee.
 
View the TPC meeting live-stream archive here.
Alan Clark Receives the Ronald F. Kirby National Award
for Outstanding Individual Leadership
Each year, the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) awards the Ronald F. Kirby National Award for Outstanding Individual Leadership. Ronald Kirby is remembered as a leading expert in transportation planning and a key figure in the MPO community.
 
This year's recipient of this prestigious award is Alan Clark, MPO Director for the Houston-Galveston Area Council. Alan was recognized for his leadership, professionalism and dedication to improving transportation programs in the Houston-Galveston region. Congratulations Alan!
Alan Clark receives his award from AMPO President, Elaine Clegg and AMPO Vice President, Ashby Johnson

Looking Ahead...Are You Commuting?
Alan Clark (top right) and Isaac Perez (bottom right) being interviewed during half time

The Houston-Galveston Area Council's (H-GAC's) Commute Solutions program partnered with KUBE Channel 57/MeTV to promote commute alternatives in the greater Houston region.

The mission of the Commute Solutions program is to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality in the Houston-Galveston region. To promote this effort, H-GAC/KUBE created a campaign exclusively tailored for the Commute Solutions program. Fans and readers are encouraged to try an alternative commute to driving alone one day a week by using transit, taking the bus, vanpooling, carpooling or choosing an alternative work schedule.
 
 For more information, visit: www.findasmarterwaytowork.org.

What's Next for the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)? 

Work is underway on the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), the region's long-range transportation plan that prioritizes spending on transportation projects in the eight-county Houston-Galveston region.

Over the next few months, H-GAC will initiate conversations about our region's mobility needs and will actively engage stakeholders and the public for feedback about what they envision for the future. Get involved today by visiting 2045RTP.com.

Employee Spotlight - Eric Gayetsky 

H-GAC welcomes Eric Gayetsky! Previously an Associate Planner with the City of Vero Beach, Florida, Eric is passionate about mobility planning and its intersection with safety and land use.

Eric received his Bachelor of Science and Master of City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University where he studied multimodal infrastructure planning, multi-use development, safety programs, grant funding, and corridor planning. His academic work culminated in a collaborative transportation plan study for an arterial thoroughfare in an inner suburb. The study would become the basis for the city's request for sub-allocated MPO funding.

An avid bicyclist, Eric often opts to take the bus or ride his bike instead of driving whenever possible.

Eric enjoys hiking, tennis, and community service work. He also enjoys music and is trained in jazz and classical piano. He plays for church services and weddings and has performed at restaurants and at community farmer's markets.

 
Partners In Planning
Houston TranStar is a unique partnership of the City of Houston, Harris County, METRO and TxDOT who share resources and exchange information under one roof to coordinate regional incident management activities. This collaborative partnership has eliminated costly duplication and saved billions of taxpayer dollars.

This was especially true given the severe impacts of Hurricane Harvey. The TranStar website was a trusted, reliable information resource for travel conditions as Harvey dumped record amounts of rain across the region, flooding many cities and counties. According to Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the information provided by TranStar was critical to the entire Houston region by sharing information about road closings due to high water during Hurricane Harvey.

H-GAC's Transportation Policy Council has supported the mission of  Houston TranStar through capital project and ongoing operations funding.


H-GAC Launches Regional Flood Information Application
H-GAC's Regional Flood Information is an interactive GIS tool providing information on neighborhoods and populations vulnerable to potential flooding and hazards. It consolidates data from various federal and local agencies relevant to recent flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in the 13-county H-GAC region.
 
Users can get more information about the application and how to use it by accessing the user guide, available by clicking the "information" icon in the application.

For more information, email CEGIS@h-gac.com.
Regional Flood Information Screen Shot

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Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting

(Note new date and location) 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Houston TranStar
1st Floor Conference Room
Transportation Policy Council (TPC) Meeting
Friday, November 17, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor Room B.
Houston, TX 77027
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