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October 2015

In This Issue
Transportation Policy Council - September 25, 2015
South Kirkwood Road Traffic Study Public Meeting
2015 Harris County International Trade & Transportation Conference
Keeping Us Moving - Save the Date
2015 Clean Air Action "Best in Motion" Leadership Awards
Brown Bag Lunch Series - METRO's New Bus Network
EPA Ozone Standards Raised for Public Health
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Code and Compliance Workshop
Local Initiatives Projects (LIP) Funding Availability Presentation
H-GAC Announces Marine/Construction Equipment Grant Funding
Funding Available for Electric Delivery Vehicles in Houston
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TAC - Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 9:30 a.m. 

TPC - Friday, October 23, 2015, 9:30 a.m. 

South Kirkwood Road Traffic Study Public Meeting 
Thursday, October 15, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
City Hall
1 Troyan Drive
Meadows Place, Texas 77477

Harris County International Trade & Transportation Conference
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
NRG (Reliant) Center
1 Reliant Parkway
Houston, TX 77054

Keeping Us Moving Workshop
Friday November 13, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Norris Conference Center - City Centre
816 Town and Country Blvd.
Houston, TX 77024

 

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Clean Air Champion of the Month
Transportation Policy Council - September 25, 2015
H-GAC is pleased to announce live streaming broadcasts of the TPC which began at the September 25, 2015 meeting. All future meetings will be streamed live on the internet at their scheduled times. They will then be archived after the event in case you missed it or wish to see it again. To view future meetings live, they will be streamed from our website HERE. The archived video is on our YouTube page, but you can access it from the TPC agenda under each item HERE or you can find a complete list on our archive page HERE.  

David Wurdlow presented recommendations for Additional TIP Projects - Fiscal Years 2016-2018. The TIP Subcommittee used scoring/ranking information and project readiness information from the 2015 Call for Projects to identify project activities ready for funding in the current fiscal year (2016). The Policy Council approved the TAC recommendation to fund additional project activities in FY16 and commit funds to support a regional incident management program and Houston TranStar. Mr. Wurdlow also presented staff recommendations on a Draft 10-year Plan which will be considered for action by the TIP Subcommittee, TAC and TPC in future meetings. For more details click HERE.

An update was presented on the US 59 Corridor Congestion Mitigation Study. It's focused on a 13-mile segment that extends from Spur 527 to Beltway 8. The presentation highlighted the objectives and recommended solutions which include active traffic management, access modifications, and HOV/HOT lane modifications. A public meeting to receive input from the residents along the US 59 corridor will be on November 11, 2015, at the H-GAC offices. For more information, interested persons can visit the project website at: www.mysouthwestfreeway.com.
 
Kari Hackett gave an overview about the next update of the Regionally Coordinated Transportation Plan (RCTP.) Covering the 13-county region, this plan will advance existing and new opportunities for improved transportation services, particularly services designed to assist seniors, persons with disabilities, low income individuals, veterans, youth and other transit dependent populations. Work on the RCTP update will formally begin in the September/October time frame. To view the presentation, click HERE

The TPC agenda and audio are available HERE.

South Kirkwood Road Traffic Study Public Meeting - October 15, 2015
City of Meadows Place will host a public meeting to review the findings of the South Kirkwood Road Traffic Study preformed by the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC). Experts will be available to answer questions regarding traffic flow and safety. The public is encouraged to attend this important meeting to provide comments. 

South Kirkwood Road Traffic Study Public Meeting
Thursday, October 15, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
City Hall
1 Troyan Drive
Meadows Place, Texas 77477

For more information about the study, click HERE.

7th Annual Harris County International Trade & Transportation Conference
Join us for the 7th Annual Harris County International Trade and Transportation Conference where you'll be some of the first to learn about the newest developments in trade and infrastructure that could impact the future of your business. This year's conference will specifically zero in on Harris County, so you won't want to miss this focused and fruitful day of renowned speakers and networking.

7th Annual Harris County International Trade and Transportation Conference
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
NRG (Reliant) Center
1 Reliant Parkway
Houston, TX 77054

For more information about speakers and topics click HERE.

The registration fee is $95.00 for non-sponsors. To register click HERE.
Keeping Us Moving - Register Now
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Mark Your Calendars for Keeping Us Moving: Great Places - More Choices 
 
This half-day event offers a collaborative forum around topics related to the Livable Centers and Pedestrian/Bicyclist programs at H-GAC. The program will include a luncheon with keynote speaker Adam Thies, former director of planning and development initiatives for the City of Indianapolis.
 
The workshop will also include two afternoon breakout sessions: Emerging Trends, highlighting technical and policy considerations in transportation planning; and Back to Basics, touching on planning, funding, and H-GAC tools available.
 
Keeping Us Moving Workshop
Friday, November 13, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Norris Conference Center - City Centre 
816 Town and Country Blvd. 
Houston, TX 77024.

Registration for this event is $35. Register HERE today.
2015 Clean Air Action "Best in Motion" Leadership Awards
Congratulations to all of the 2015 Clean Air Champion awardees. Thank you for your commitment to help keep our region's air clean!
 
View the Clean Air Champions photo gallery HERE.

H-GAC recognized businesses and local governments for their outstanding leadership in implementing measures which reduce air pollutants within our eight-county region. This year's event honored those organizations that encourage employees to use commute alternatives and/or implement alternative fuel vehicle programs and adopt clean fleet and no idling policies. 

Our keynote speaker was Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg, Ph.D. Professor & Co-Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. To view his presentation, click HERE
In Case You Missed It - Brown Bag Lunch Series - METRO's New Bus Network
H-GAC hosted a Brown Bag Lunch presentation by METRO's President & CEO, Tom Lambert. He presented an overview of the rollout of METRO's New Bus Network. Mr. Lambert explained how the improvements will better serve the region's transportation needs.

To watch a video of the Brown Bag Luncheon presentation click HERE.

The PowerPoint presentation is available HERE.

EPA Ozone Standards Raised for Public Health
On October 1st the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strengthened the national standard for ground-level ozone pollution to 70 parts per billion (ppb) from 75 ppb. Based on extensive scientific evidence, the new standard will improve public health particularly for at-risk groups including children, the elderly, and people suffering from heart and lung diseases. 

Ozone is a primary component of smog and is formed when nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds emitted primarily from industrial facilities and motor vehicles react in the presence of sunlight.  To learn more about ozone and the new ozone standard, please visit the EPA's website HERE.
 
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Code and Compliance Workshop
On September 30th, H-GAC hosted a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Code and Compliance Workshop. This event was co-sponsored by the Greater Houston Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance and the Houston-Galveston Clean Cities Coalition. The event was attended by 88 members of the local CNG/LNG community who ranged from regulators to station owners and from natural gas consumers to safety officers.
 
During the workshop, participants learned how natural gas fits into the global energy picture and were provided an overview of the rules that govern natural gas fueled vehicles and stations. The event also included lively discussions between participants about current standards as well as the current state of natural gas in the Houston region and the challenges that are anticipated for the future.

For information, visit the www.houstonngvalliance.org.
 
Local Initiatives Projects (LIP) Funding Availability Presentation

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LIP provides funding to counties participating in the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Maintenance program (Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris and Montgomery Counties) for local projects to improve air quality. The 84th Texas Legislature significantly increased available LIP funding, with amounts ranging from $100,000 to $1,700,00 for each county. 

 

For more information on the LIP program, please visit the website


 


 

 

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.
 

More information regarding marine projects is available HERE, and information regarding nonroad construction equipment is available HERE.  

Funding Available for Electric Delivery Vehicles in Houston
H-GAC is currently soliciting fleet partners for the deployment of zero-emission delivery vehicles in the greater Houston area. Grant funding is available through a grant from The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), with the goal of demonstrating the viability of all-electric delivery vehicles in the region. The vehicles must operate within the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria non-attainment area and applicants will be responsible for two years of data collection and reporting. Technical assistance is available to fleets wishing to gauge the appropriateness of electric vehicles for their business. For more information, click HERE.
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