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October 2014

In This Issue
Transportation Policy Council - September 26, 2014
2015 TIP Call for Projects
Commute Solutions at UH Cougars
West Houston Mobility Plan Public Meeting
The Texas Big Six 2040 Signature Workshop
US 59/IH 69 Corridor Congestion Mitigation Study
South Montgomery County Mobility Plan - Public Meeting
Brown Bag Lunch Series - "Going Global and Beyond."
Mobility NOW - 2040 RTP
2014 Clean Air Action "Best in Motion" Leadership Awards Event
United Way Transportation Initiatives
Did you know ...?
H-GAC in the News
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Meetings & Events
TAC - Wednesday, October 15, 2014
 
TPC - Friday, October 24, 2014 

 

2015 TIP Call For Projects

 

Webinar:

Friday, October 10, 2014, 

1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Commute Solutions and the UofH Cougars

Friday, October 17, 2014

8:00 p.m.
University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Road, 
Houston, TX 77004


Greater West Houston Mobility Plan Public Meeting

Thursday, November 6, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Wolfe Elementary School
502 Addicks-Howell Rd,
Houston, TX 77079 
 

The Texas Big Six 2040 Signature Workshop

Friday, November 21, 2014 

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Texas Southern University  
Barbara Jordan/Mickey Leeland School of Public Affairs
Cleburne St at Tierwester St 
Houston, TX 77004 

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Transportation Policy Council - September 26, 2014
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On September 26, the TPC authorized staff to issue the 2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Call for Projects. The proposed Call will be used to program funds available in the 2015-2018 TIP and extend limited funding commitments beyond the TIP timeframe into the later 5 years of TxDOT's ten-year Unified Transportation Program (UTP). Criteria for the evaluation of candidate projects has been updated and aligned with the goals of the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). For application workshop registration details and more information on the 2015 TIP Call for Projects, click HERE.


Based on recommendations from the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) the TPC approved an approach for the staged development of the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan and air quality conformity documentation. The RTP must be updated every 4 years, which includes a new air quality analysis. The staged approach takes into account the current TIP call for projects, possible voter approval of Texas Proposition 1 and the time required for public comment. An initial constrained plan to current financial resources will be completed by the end of 2014. A second stage would take place in early 2015 to incorporate new financial data, and the completed TIP Call for Projects. 
For more information about the 2040 RTP click HERE


Approval was also given to transmit comments on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding CMAQ funding and Metropolitan Transportation Planning.  

 

The TPC agenda with audio is available HERE.

2015 TIP Call for Projects

On September 26, The TPC authorized the opening of a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Call for Projects. Applications will be accepted from October 6, 2014 through December 15, 2014.


There will be an opportunity to inform project sponsors and answer questions:


Webinar:

Friday, October 10, 2014,

1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Registration URL: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2832422579000974338

 

Plan to participate to ensure your agency is is included in the 2015 TIP Call for Projects. Additional information will be posted HERE.

Commute Solutions at UH Cougars
On Friday, October 17th, H-GAC's Commute Solutions Program will partner with IMG Sports at the University of Houston's Football Game vs. Temple at newly built, TDECU Stadium.

Commute Solutions is a voluntary trip reduction program designed to help mitigate congestion and improve mobility and air quality in the Houston-Galveston Region. Prior to game kickoff, Commute Solutions staff will distribute information about various commute alternatives. Staff will also encourage incoming fans to take the "My Solution Is"...Pledge, which motivates individuals to try one commute alternative to help clean our region's air.

Commute Solutions at UH Cougars
Friday, October 17, 2014
8:00 p.m.
University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Road,
Houston, TX 77004

For more information on the Commute Solutions program and other air quality programs available through H-GAC please visit www.mysolutionis.com.

 

Greater West Houston Mobility Plan Public Meeting 

H-GAC, in partnership with City of Houston, the West Houston Association, the Westchase District, the Energy Corridor, the Texas Department of Transportation and others, is conducting a study to develop long range mobility and land use strategies for the greater West Houston area.

The fourth and final public meeting and open house will be held on Thursday November 6, to present findings on existing conditions, population and employment growth scenarios, and potential infrastructure and policy strategies in the study area. Residents, business owners, and local officials are invited to attend and provide comments.

Greater West Houston Mobility Plan Public Meeting

Thursday, November 6, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Wolfe Elementary School
502 Addicks-Howell Rd,
Houston, TX 77079

6:00-6:30 p.m. Registration/Open House
6:30-7:00 p.m Presentation
7:00-8:00 p.m Q&A/Discussion

Visit the study is available on the study website at www.mywesthouston.com.

The Texas Big Six 2040 Signature Workshop

With a horizon year of 2040, key representatives from Texas' six largest cities, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, will speak about major plans, policies, and projects currently underway that will shape the livability, resiliency, and competitiveness of these cities and our region's future. 

The panelists include:

 

  • Greg Guernsey, Director of Planning, City of Austin 
  • David Cossum, Director of Sustainability and Construction, City of Dallas 
  • Carlos Gallinar, Deputy Director of City Development and Planning, City of El Paso 
  • Randle Harwood, Director of Planning and Development, City of Fort Worth
  • Pat Walsh, Director of Planning and Development, City of Houston
  • John Dungan, Director of Planning, City of San Antonio
  • Keynote Speaker: Andrew Howard, AICP, Team Better Block
     

The Texas Big Six 2040 Signature Workshop

Friday, November 21, 2014 

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Texas Southern University  
Barbara Jordan/Mickey Leeland School of Public Affairs
Cleburne St at Tierwester St
Houston, TX 77004 

 

Six Continuing Educations (CM) credits pending.  For more information, contact Kelly Porter, AICP Director - APA Texas Houston Section at 713.993.4529 or Kelly.porter@h-gac.com.

 

 

US 59/IH 69 Corridor Congestion Mitigation Study Public Meetings

On September 10, H-GAC held two open houses seeking input from the public about the Southwest Freeway. Approximately 300,000 vehicles utilize the corridor daily. Congestion on the 14 mile study area (I-45 - Beltway 8) costs motorists $180 Million per year. The segment from the 610 Loop to downtown ranks third of the state's most congested freeways. 


The Southwest Freeway study looks at lower cost solutions that can be implemented in the next 5-10 years. Some of the alternative strategies include real time vehicle re-routing; intersection and interchange improvements, quicker ways to clear accidents, and alternative travel options such as carpools and telecommuting. 

 

If you were unable to attend the open house, you can find a virtual open house here.  You can also watch a walkthrough video here.  For more information visit: www.mysouthwestfreeway.com. 

 

South Montgomery County Mobility Plan - Public Meeting

H-GAC presented the draft South County Mobility Plan at a public meeting on September 25, 2014.  The year-long study identified short- and long-term programs of proposed projects designed to address the mobility issues in South Montgomery County. Approximately 120 people, including interested citizens, business owners, elected officials and community leaders from throughout the county attended the meeting.

 

The study focused on identifying projects in the study area that can be implemented within a reasonable timeframe that would improve east to west and north to south connectivity, access to the Grand Parkway, local circulation across IH 45 and alternatives to IH 45.

 

Projects were separated into two major areas: short-term and long-term needs. A long list of mobility improvements were presented, including a list of key corridors that had been identified by the Plan's Steering Committee. The key corridors include: Rayford Road, Woodlands Parkway/ Robinson Road, Lake Woodlands Drive, Grogan's Mill Road, Gosling Road, Birnham Woods Road and Elan Boulevard.

 

In addition to the key corridors, the plan recommends that South County establish an area wide signal timing optimization program, implement an aggressive incident clearance program and install a dynamic message system.  The plan also recommends that H-GAC and TxDOT conduct a major investment study for IH 45N/Hardy Toll Road, from BW 8 to North Montgomery Co.

 

For more information, visit http://montgomerycountymobility.com.

Brown Bag Lunch Series - "Going Global and Beyond." 

jerrettsimmons

H-GAC hosted a Brown Bag Lunch presentation focused on the future of the Houston Airport System on September 15, 2014. The speaker was Mr. Jarrett Simmons, Assistant Director of Planning for the Houston Airport System.


He discussed passenger growth, new airline non-stop flights, improvements in international service (Bush and Hobby) and plans for a commercial spaceport at Ellington.

 

To watch a video of the Brown Bag luncheon click HERE


The PowerPoint presentation is available
HERE 

Mobility NOW TV series - 2040 RTP

In the latest episode of Mobility NOW, Alan Clark is joined by Stephen Costello, Houston City Council member and Isaac Ramirez, Chief Transportation Planner for an overview of the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). 

 

The 2040 RTP is the "blueprint" for the eight-county region's transportation system to the year 2040. It identifies goals, strategies and priorities for meeting transportation needs. With population growth projected at 60 percent to a total of almost 10 million people, the eight-county region will need to develop strategies to meet this demand. 

 

Help us develop a plan that prepares for the challenges of our growing region.
Get involved, go to www.2040plan.org


Click on the image to watch or visit www.mobilitynow.tv

2014 Clean Air Action "Best in Motion" Leadership Awards Event

Dennis Cruse of Cousins Properties, Inc.

On September 11, H-GAC recognized thirty-three new Clean Air Champions for Commuters and Fleet at its 2014 Clean Air Action "Best in Motion" Leadership Awards Program. H-GAC also presented six Commute Solutions Awards and four Air Quality Leadership Awards to companies and local governments. 

 

Two organizations received high honors:

  • Cousins Properties, Inc. received the 2014 Best Management District Partner Award for their outstanding efforts and contributions in Greenway Plaza to provide alternative transportation options and sustainable environmental contributions.  
  • Fort Bend County received the 2014 Best All-Around Clean Air Leadership Award for their leadership and commitment to supporting air quality initiatives and implementing Voluntary Mobile Emissions Reduction Programs (VMEPs.)   


A listing of the region's Clean Air Champions and other award recipients is available at
www.mysolutionis.com.

United Way Transportation Initiatives

United Way of Greater Houston leverages local matching funds to access federal dollars for nontraditional Houston area public transportation services.


According to the 2012 United Way Community Assessment:

  • About 30 percent of senior caregivers provide transportation services for the senior.
  • About 20 percent of service providers and nonprofit advocates surveyed said transportation was an unmet need.
  • Better access to jobs, education and medical services could be improved with better transportation options.

United Way of Greater Houston has provided partial funding for various transportation initiatives for almost a decade. The funding is in the form of small grants to service providers and nonprofit organizations.


Unmet transportation needs for lower-income families and individuals, youth, job seekers and returning veterans still persist in the Greater Houston region.
 

Call the 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE for regional transportation information or visit www.ridethegulfcoast.com.

 

Did you know ...?
 
How many Bicycle/Pedestrian crashes occurred in the region in 2013?

H-GAC in the News








H-GAC proposes $1.59 billion traffic fix for South County

Woodlands Township's Bass discusses future of mobility

Fort Bend wins big at H-GAC Clean Air awards

Dayton ISD receives Clean Air Champion Award

H-GAC reveals initial results of $1.5 billion mobility study

Texas lawmakers look for new ways to fund highways
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