July 2017
Transportation Policy Council - June 23, 2017
Members of TPC listened to Jim Dickinson as he presented the amendments to the TIP and the RTP
Amendments to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) were presented for approval to the Council by the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC).  The TPC awarded additional funding requests for TxDOT FM 2854 and the Brazoria County SH 288 weigh station, as well as, a change in the limit and scope of FM 526 at I-10E. These amendments were endorsed by the City of Houston, the Houston Parks Board, and Congressman Gene Green. 

The Council also approved draft comments to be submitted to TxDOT regarding the North Houston Highway Improvement Project. These comments are in support of the project.  Additional comments address access to IH-45 motorists during emergencies, importance of clear signage for motorists, and encouragement for TxDOT to work with METRO to optimize transit. The Council unanimously approved the comments presented. Public comments are due by July 27.

H-GAC staff presented an update on the Regionally Coordinated Transportation Plan (RCTP). The purpose of the regionally coordinated transportation planning effort is to provide more efficient and effective public transportation services, especially for priority populations including seniors (65 and older), persons with disabilities, persons with low incomes, veterans, and youth.

To learn more about the Regionally Coordinated Transportation Plan click HERE.
To view the TPC meeting live-stream archive click HERE
TAC Recognizes Outgoing Member
Mark Loethen, P.E. City of Houston, was recognized at this month's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting for his service. Mr. Loethen is the Immediate Past Chair of TAC and served from 2007-2017 representing Environmental & Planning. H-GAC thanks him for his service to the region and wishes him the best in his future endeavors. 

The next TAC meeting will be held on July 19 at the H-GAC Offices, 3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, TX, 77027.

From left to right:  Greg Smith, City of Shenandoah; Trent Epperson, City of Pearland; Mark Loethen, City of Houston;  Richard Stolleis, Fort Bend County; 
Alan Clark, H-GAC

Currently Accepting Public Comments
H-GAC hosted multiple public meetings last month and is currently accepting public comments on the documents and projects listed below. Public comments are a vital part of our planning process and the public is highly encouraged to assist in the success of projects, programs, plans, and studies. H-GAC thanks the attendees for their interest and engagement in all of our public meetings. 

State Highway 146 
For more project info click HERE.
Public comments due July 31.
Federal Certification Review on the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Process
Public comments due to FHA & FTA by July 28.
Click HERE to submit your comment.
Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)
To view the draft UPWP click HERE
Public comments due July 19.

Public Participation Plan (PPP)
For more information on the PPP click HERE.
Public comments due July 19.

Submit comments to:
Members of the community gathered to discuss SH 146 concerns and possible solutions

Transportation Public Outreach
Houston-Galveston Area Council
P.O. Box 22777
Houston, Texas 77227-2777

Comments may also be emailed to: 
or call toll free at 1-855-363-2516.

High Capacity Transit Taskforce
The Transportation Policy Council (TPC) created the High Capacity Transit Task Force (HCT) to investigate the need and opportunity for high capacity transit in the Houston-Galveston region. The findings and recommendations from the task force will be considered in the development of the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). On April 28, H-GAC held the first HCT meeting with future HCT meetings planned over the next several months.  The task force is led by a Chair and two Vice Chairs.  Serving as HCT Chair, Rusty Senac is a County Commissioner for Chambers County and TPC First Vice Chair.  Serving as Vice Chairs for HCT are Carrin Patman, Chair of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County and TPC Member and City of Houston Council Member Amanda Edwards.
Do You Know Your Zone?

While the Houston-Galveston region was spared from serious storm damage, Tropical Storm Cindy was a reminder that we are in hurricane season and need to be prepared. 

Know your evacuation route. If you are not sure which route you should take in case of an emergency evacuation; view evacuation routes HERE.

To find out what Zip Zone you live in click HERE.

Employee Spotlight - Patrick Mandapaka
This month, H-GAC spotlights Transportation Program Manager Patrick Mandapaka, PhD, AICP. Patrick leads the multimodal team, which covers sub-regional planning, thoroughfare, freight, transit, bicycle-pedestrian, safety, intelligent transportation systems, operations, hurricane and evacuation planning.

Patrick joined
Transportation Program Manager Patrick Mandapaka, PhD, AICP
H-GAC from the 
North Central Texas Council of Governments and has more than 15 years of planning experience. He received his PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy and a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also received a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from Andhra University in India. 

Patrick received American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Professional Certification in GIS, and Advanced Diploma in 
Architectural CADD Certifications. Patrick is a member of the 
American Planning Association.

Thanks for all of your hard work, Patrick!
Livable Centers Call for Planning Study Partners
Livable Centers Brochure Cover

H-GAC issued a call for planning study partners for the Livable Centers program. Partners are local governments or other eligible project sponsors. This is not a request for proposals from consulting firms.
The objective of the Livable Centers planning studies is to:
  • Help create quality, walkable, mixed-use places;
  • Create multi-modal travel choices;
  • Improve environmental quality; and
  • Promote economic development and housing choice. 
Study recommendations may lead to projects for possible inclusion in the Regional Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program.
H-GAC anticipates identifying four to six Livable Centers studies to recommend for funding in 2018 and 2019.
The deadline to apply is Monday, August 28. The Notice of Intent to Apply must be received by Friday, June 30. H-GAC will host a pre-submittal meeting for potential sponsors at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor.
For more information, contact Cheryl Mergo at 713-993-4520.
Partners in Planning
What is your vision for transit service in the Greater Houston region?

METRO needs your help in creating a bold vision for the region's transit network. A new plan for transit services in the Houston region is in the works, and METRO wants to hear from you. 

The Regional Transit Plan will build on the foundation laid by METRO Solutions, the long-range transit plan approved by voters in 2003. METRO Solutions laid out a vision for the future transit system that included light rail, an expanded local bus system, and new commuter bus facilities. Since that time, METRO has been working to deliver that plan. 

For more information on the Regional Transit Plan click HERE.
For the open house list click HERE.
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Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor Room B.
Houston, TX 77027

Transportation Policy Council (TPC) Meeting
Friday, July 28, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor Room B.
Houston, TX 77027

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