October 2016
Transportation Policy Council - September 23, 2016
Representatives from Montgomery County, Fort Bend 
County and The City of Houston presented their current Thoroughfare Plans to the Transportation Policy Council (TPC). A Thoroughfare Plan identifies roadway connections and infrastructure updates on the regional roadway network. Counties and Cities (Home Rule and General Law) in Texas are empowered to adopt plans and regulations for the preservation of transportation rights-of-way and dedication of improvements. Having connected thoroughfares supports regional mobility. These plans ensure that local trips can be facilitated without having to access regional highways as well as providing added capacity for incident and for other periods of peak demand. 

The Montgomery County Thoroughfare Plan was impacted by the rapid population growth and development the county is experiencing. Other identified issues included freeway congestion, lack of roadway connectivity and floodplains.The plans recommends upgrades to many existing roads and also proposes new roadways.

The Fort Bend County Thoroughfare Plan focused on the partnerships with local stakeholders and developers. The study has also conducted a traffic impact study which will determine right-of-way needs. Fort Bend County's population has increased from 450,000 to 725,000 which is a contributing factor for updating subdivision regulations as well as consideration for bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

The City of Houston Thoroughfare Plan included collaboration with Harris County, Fort Bend County, Waller County, Montgomery County and Liberty County. The city identified sections of roadways (either thoroughfares or major collectors) that are in need of expansion, either by lengthening or widening. The plan serves as notice to the public for developing land adjacent to the identified roads. An annual amendment process is conducted which is ultimately reviewed for action by the Planning Commission. The 2016 Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan (MTFP) amendment process is currently underway and includes a number of changes proposed via the Montgomery and Fort Bend County study efforts identified above as well as a year-long coordination effort with Harris County.

Presentations and videos of this TPC meeting can be viewed on the H-GAC website HERE. 
H-GAC Releases 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.
H-GAC Seeks Partners for Pedestrian/Bicyclist Studies
H-GAC's call for planning study partners is now available. Local governments are invited to submit proposals to conduct pedestrian/bicyclist implementation studies within their jurisdictions.
Applicants must notify H-GAC of their intent to apply by 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2016 using an online application. Full applications are due by 3 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2016.
Commute Solutions Partners With Local Universities
H-GAC staff will be attending two college football games this month to promote the Commute Solutions Program. The program goal is to reduce traffic congestion and improve mobility and air quality in the eight county Houston-Galveston region. Students are encouraged to participate by trying an alternative mode of commute. 

TSU vs Jackson State 
Homecoming Game
October 22, 2016
BBVA Compass Stadium
2:00 p.m.
      U of H vs UFC
      October 29, 2016
      TDECU Stadium 
      Time: TBD

Carpool, vanpool, bus, bike or rail. Try something new one day a week.

Rail Gives you More Options
An attorney working as a regulatory manager in the energy industry, Michael always has a lot on his mind. That's one of the reasons he enjoys taking the light rail from his home in Eastwood to his job downtown a couple of days a week.

"I know exactly when the train is leaving," Michael says. "It offers predictability I can't get from driving. Plus, it lets me catch up on emails and prepare for the day."

Michael is such a fan of light rail, he's gotten his parents to start riding it too. "At first, it's a novelty. Then it becomes something you really depend on. I'd love to see rail expand across the city."

Be like Michael, 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 Michael and smarter ways to commute, visit www.findasmarterwaytowork.org
Houston Park(ing) Day 2016
H-GAC and Houston APA Parklet
H-GAC joined up with the Rice Design Alliance (RDA) to participate in Houston PARK(ing) Day 2016. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has become a global event wherein paid on-street parking spaces are occupied and temporarily transformed into free public spaces to promote walkability and environmental sustainability. Occurring on the third Friday in September, PARK(ing) Day was brought to Downtown Houston through the efforts of RDA and the co-sponsorship by the Office of City Council Member David Robinson. This year H-GAC joined 12 other organizations to turn the 500 block of McKinney Street, beside City Hall, into a wonderful display of what our open space could look like if it wasn't dedicated to parking our cars.
HGCCC "Workplace EV Charging Stations" Panel Discussion
The Houston-Galveston Clean Cities Coalition (HGCCC) hosted the "Establishing Workplace Electric Vehicles (EV) Charging Stations" Panel Discussion at the University of Houston. 
The event was in celebration of the sixth annual National Drive Electric Week which is September 10th-18th.The event attracted more than 15 representatives from the private sector, government agencies and non-profit organizations.

National Drive Electric Week, is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today's widespread availability of electric vehicles while highlighting the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
In Case You Missed it: Brown Bag Lunch Series
Springwoods Village: The Master Plan

Mr. Keith Simon, Executive Vice President and Director of Development Coventry Development Corporation presented on the Springwoods Village Development project.
Mr. Simon's presentation covered:
  • Start-up history of the Springwoods Village project
  • Current initiatives and priorities
  • Community challenges
To view the presentation click HERE
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Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
Wednesday, October 19, 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, October 28, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Fl. Conference Room B.
Houston, TX 77027
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