September 2016
Transportation Policy Council - August 26, 2016
At the August 26, 2016 Transportation Policy Council (TPC) 
Meeting, Mr. Pat Walsh, Director of Planning and 
Development for the City of Houston presented the Houston Bike Plan. In 2015, the City of Houston initiated a year-long effort to update the City's Comprehensive Bikeway Plan, originally adopted in 1993. The City finalized a citywide bike plan grounded in a goal to become a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community by 2026, with a focus on improving safety, increasing access to bicycling opportunities, supporting overall ridership growth, and expanding network of high quality, well-maintained, high-comfort bikeway facilities. To view the final report for the Houston Bike Plan, click HERE.

H-GAC Chief Public Outreach Planner, Veronica Baxter Lamb, provided the Council with anoverview of the relaunch of H-GAC's Commute Solutions Program. The program is a voluntary trip reduction program that is designed to reduce VMT and encourage alternative modes of transportation. Recently, the Commute Solutions Program was re-branded with a new logo, tagline and website. To celebrate the relaunch of the program, a press conference and Festival was held at City Hall in the City of Houston on Thursday, August 4, 2016.. This relaunch also marked the beginning of a new media campaign - Road Warriors: For Smarter Commutes, which encourages everyone to try a commute alternative once a week. Click HERE to find a smarter way to work.  

The Council unanimously approved a Resolution of Commendation for outgoing TPC member Harish Jajoo. The TPC extends to him its gratitude for his service and wishes him continued success in all his future endeavors

Presentations and videos of this TPC meeting can be viewed on the H-GAC website HERE. 
DWI Task Force Labor Day Weekend
The Houston-Galveston Area Council, through the assistance of
16 regional law enforcement agencies, are conducting 
Regional DWI Task Force operations throughout Labor Day to cut down on driving while intoxicated (DWI).  

The Task Force, which is funded through a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant awarded by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), provides overtime funds for agencies to enhance DWI enforcement during holiday weekends when there have traditionally been more alcohol-related traffic incidents. The Task Force has resulted in 761 DWI arrests since the its inception during Christmas, 2013.

Convicted first-time DWI offenders can pay a fine up to $2,000, serve six months in jail, lose their driver's license for up to a year, and pay an additional $3,000 to retain their license once they get it back.  Safety officials say other costs associated with an impaired driving arrest and conviction can add up to more than $17,000 for bail, legal fees, court appearances, court-ordered classes, vehicle insurance increases, and other expenses.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014, regional statistics show 333 people died in DWI-related incidents, making up 20 percent of Texas' DWI fatalities. In addition, more than 1,300 people regionally were seriously injured.

Propane Autogas Fleet Workshop

H-GAC and Fueling Texas invite government entities and businesses that own fleets and are interested in adopting propane into their fleet to attend this workshop. Propane retailers, on and off-road AFV manufacturers, and others looking to network with fleets are also encouraged to attend.

Date:
Friday, September 9, 2016
Time:9:00 a.m. - Noon
Place:
Houston ISD Barnett Motor Pool Area
6700 Winfree Dr.
Houston, TX 77087
Spotlight on Interactive Web Applications Set for September 13
Spotlight on interactive web applications
Learn about H-GAC's Interactive Web Applications at a half-day workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon,Tuesday, September 13. 
 
The workshop focuses on applications that 
  • Identify existing activity centers based on the connectivity index, population and employment density; 
  • Visualize workers' commuting patterns between home and workplace in different geographic levels;  
  • Provide quick and easy access to US Census American Community Survey (ACS) data
  • Visualize and query current and forecasted population, employment, and land use.


 

Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops/tablets to participate in an interactive session to master the use of these web applications. Registration and breakfast begin at 8 a.m. The workshop is free; but space is limited, and online registration is required.

Brown Bag Lunch Series
Springwoods Village: The Master Plan

Please join us at H-GAC's September Brown Bag Series 
presentation on the Springwoods Village Development project by Mr. Keith Simon, Executive Vice President and Director of Development Coventry Development Corporation.
 
Mr. Simon's presentation will cover:
  • Start-up history of the Springwoods Village project
  • Current initiatives and priorities
  • Community challenges
When:
Monday, September 19, 2016, Noon to 1:00 PM
Where:
H-GAC Offices 
3555 Timmons Lane, 2nd Floor, Rm B 
Houston, TX 77027
Announcing the Our Great Region Awards!
Does your organization have an outstanding local project  
in the arena of transportation, environment, economic development, resiliency, housing or healthy communities? If so, consider applying to the new Our Great Region Awards. 
  • Applying for the Our Great Region Award creates a record of your organization's achievements, useful when applying for grants and other funding.
  • Winning the Our Great Region Award allows your organization's project to serve as a model for other projects in the region.
  • Winning the Our Great Region Award earns your organization positive recognition and prestige, including press and media releases.
The Our Great Region Awards will recognize outstanding projects in the region that are advancing the goals and strategies identified in the Our Great Region 2040 plan.

The award application will open in early September. For more information, including the application guide, visit the award website at www.OGRawards.org.
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Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Fl. Conference Room B.
Houston, TX 77027
Brown Bag Lunch Series
Springwood Village:
The Master Plan
Monday, September 19, 2016
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Fl. Conference Room B.
Houston, TX 77027
Transportation Policy Council (TPC) Meeting
Friday, September 24, 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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