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September 2015

In This Issue
Transportation Policy Council - August 28, 2015
Traffic Incident Management Training - September 8, 2015
2015 Clean Air Action "Best in Motion" Leadership Awards
Brown Bag Lunch Series - METRO's New Bus Network
Keeping Us Moving - Save the Date
Local Initiatives Projects (LIP) Funding Availability Presentation
Mobility NOW - Bicycling in Houston
H-GAC Announces Marine/Construction Equipment Grant Funding
Funding Available for Electric Delivery Vehicles in Houston
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TAC - Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 9:30 a.m. 

TPC - Friday, September 25, 2015, 9:30 a.m. 

Traffic Incident Management Training
Tuesday, September 8 , 2015
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Houston Transtar
6922 Katy Road
Houston, TX 77024

2015 Clean Air Action "Best in Motion" Leadership Awards
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Registration: 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Program: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton in Greenway Plaza
Houston, TX 77046

Brown Bag Lunch Series
Monday, September 21, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor Conference Room B
Houston, TX 77027

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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H-GAC Figures
Clean Air Champion of the Month
Transportation Policy Council - August 28, 2015
Attending the August Transportation Policy Council meeting was Tryon D. Lewis, Chair of the Texas Transportation Commission. He oversees statewide activities of the Texas Department of Transportation. He spoke of the economic and cultural importance of the region. "You really learn to admire the kind of industry, the dynamism that is here in this area, which is obviously one of the leaders of the world."

A Resolution of Commendation was presented to John Barton, P.E., who has retired as Deputy Executive Director of the Texas Department of Transportation. Mr. Barton also served on TPC representing the TxDOT Beaumont District (2005 - 2008.) 
 
From left to right: Jeff Moseley, Texas Transportation Commission, Tryon D. Lewis, Chair Transportation Commission, Hon. Stephan Costello, Chair TPC, John Barton, Deputy Executive Director TxDOT, Sheryl Barton, Hon. Tom Reed, Secretary TPC.
 
Philip Lujan was also recognized as the Alternate representative to TPC for the TxDOT Beaumont District between the years 2010 through 2015.  He was also honored for his 12 years of service to Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and its subcommittees between 2004 and 2015.   

The TPC administratively approved $20 million from H-GAC for construction activity on US 290. This replaces $20 million of Harris County's local contribution to the project with federal and state funds. This allows the Harris County Toll Road Authority to complete the Harris County portion of the SH 249 project. For more details, click HERE.

The TPC approved a resolution recognizing August as Commute Solutions Month.


David Wurdlow reviewed the current status of H-GAC's 2015 Call for Projects. In addition to reviewing the overall process, an updated funding forecast and the list of ranked and scored candidate projects was presented. A 30-day public comment period and public meeting was completed August 25, 2015. To review the candidate projects, click HERE.

Stephan Gage gave an overview of the final recommendations for the West Houston Mobility Plan. To view the presentation with details, click HERE

Texas A&M Transportation Institutes' Lisa Minjares-Kyle provided an update of the Teens in the Driver Seat program and the peer-to-peer approach geared towards high-school and middle-school students promoting safe driving. H-GAC's assistance has helped TTI expand the Teens in the Driver Seat program to 90 schools in 35 school districts in the region, reaching more than 150,000 students. To view the presentation click HERE.

The TPC agenda and audio are available HERE.

Traffic Incident Management Training - September 8, 2015
H-GAC will be holding an eight-hour, Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2) Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Training on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. 

This eight-hour course stresses how to address two objectives: safe procedures used to clear a crash scene and maximizing roadway space available for continued traffic movement. Participants will learn the importance of "quick clearance," one of the most effective actions to be taken. Participants are also provided important information related to effective Traffic Incident Management (TIM).

This course is available, free of charge, to persons working in Law enforcement, Fire departments, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Traffic control, Traffic Safety, Tow truck operators and Dispatchers. It qualifies for TCOLE Continuing Education/Professional Development Hours.

Traffic Incident Management Training 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Houston TranStar
6922 Katy Road
Houston, TX 77024
 

This course is restricted to 40 attendees, but additional courses will be offered in the future. 
If you have any questions, or are interested in attending, please contact Jeff Kaufman at 832-681-2533 or via e-mail at jeff.kaufman@h-gac.com.  

 

2015 Clean Air Action "Best in Motion" Leadership Awards

Please join H-GAC in recognizing businesses and local governments for outstanding leadership in implementing measures which reduce air pollutants within our eight-county region. This year's event will honor those organizations that encourage employees to use commute alternatives and/or implement alternative fuel vehicle programs and adopt clean fleet and no idling policies. Honored organizations will include newly designated Clean Air Champions.


The keynote speaker will be Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg, Ph.D. Professor & Co-Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. Dr. Klineberg will speak about the impact of the economic and demographic changes for the past 33 years. How has diversity impacted the quality of life and transportation choices for people who live and work in the Houston-Galveston region? What impact will continued population and employment growth have on transportation congestion and air quality in our region?
 

2015 Clean Air Action "Best in Motion" Leadership Awards

September 10, 2015

Registration: 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Program: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton in Greenway Plaza
Houston, TX 77046

Early registration is now open. To save $15 per attendee click HERE.


 

Brown Bag Lunch Series - METRO's New Bus Network
You are invited to join us for the September Brown Bag Lunch Series presentation by Thomas Lambert, Senior Vice President & Chief Executive Officer for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO). 

Mr. Lambert's presentation will focus on the planning and implementation of METRO's new bus network.

Bring your lunch and join us! (RSVPs not required)

Brown Bag Lunch Series
Monday, September 21, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor Conference Room B
Houston, TX 77027

This event is open to the public. Bring your lunch and join us. For more information contact Rosalind Hebert at 713-993-2471.
Keeping Us Moving - Save the Date 
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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 and will open Wednesday, September 9 HERE.
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

 Mobility NOW - Bicycling in Houston
Jeff Taebel, H-GAC's Director of Community and Environmental Planning, chats with area residents, community representatives and bicycling advocates about bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation.

Bob Stein, Rice University Professor and avid cyclist, shares his experiences of bicycle commuting to work and other activities around the community. Regina Garcia, Chair of Bike Houston, discusses planning ahead for bicycle trips and ways community members can get involved to help improve bicycle routes throughout the area. Ana Ramirez offers information on plans to enhance the region's transportation network through infrastructure improvements and better connectivity.
Tim Tietjens, Director of Planning and Development for the City of La Porte, talks about how a local community is already working to provide more connected walking and bicycling routes for residents.

Charles Wemple, H-GAC's Chief Operating Officer, provides tips on how to bicycle to work safely


To watch the full episode, click HERE. You can watch Mobility NOW on H-GAC's YouTube channel (TheHGACog) or MobilityNOW.tv
.

 

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.
 

For more information regarding marine projects, please click HERE, and for more information regarding nonroad construction equipment, please click 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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