June 2017
Transportation Policy Council - May 26, 2017

TxDOT Director of Project Development Pat Henry, presented the Council with an update on the North Houston Highway Improvement Project. The project involves evaluation of the I-45 North corridor from Downtown Houston (Downtown Connector) to Beltway 8 North.

TPC approved funding reallocation for advancement of corridor improvements along SH288 and I-45S. For more information on this project visit: www.ih45northandmore.com.

The Greater Houston Freight Committee has been working diligently in developing a Regional Freight System. The informational item was presented by co-chair of the committee Mike Feilkow, CEO of Jetco Delivery. The Regional Fright System contains roadways that will help freight mobility by providing regional connectivity, while also providing critical primary access to key manufacturing, warehousing, and port locations. 

To view the TPC meeting live-stream archive click HERE
Make Your Voice Heard for the Future of Regional Transit
H-GAC will be hosting public meetings throughout the
region (see meeting schedule below) for the update of the Regionally Coordinated Transportation Plan (RCTP). The purpose of the RCTP is to provide more efficient and effective public transportation services, especially for seniors (65 and older), persons with disabilities, persons with low incomes, veterans, youth, and others. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comments to H-GAC. The public comment period runs from June 1 to June 30. 

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

Comments may also be emailed to publiccomments@h-gac.com
or call toll free at 1-855-363-2516.

The draft RCTP documents are available HERE.



PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULE

MONDAY, JUNE 5
Houston METRO
1900 Main Street
2nd Floor, Conference Room
Houston, Texas 77208
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY, JUNE 6
The Woodlands Township
2801 Technology Forest Blvd.
The Woodlands, Texas 77381
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, JUNE 8
Fort Bend County Transit
William B. Travis Building
301 Jackson Street
Richmond, Texas 77469
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, JUNE 20

Colorado Valley Transit
Brookshire, United Way
531 FM 359 Rd. S.
Brookshire, Texas 77423
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
 
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21

Baytown City Hall
2407 Market Street
Baytown, Texas 77520
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.


TUESDAY, JUNE 27

City of Pearland City Hall
3519 Libery Drive
Pearland, Texas 77581
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28               
For more information about the RCTP, 
email Kari Hackett at: 
kari.hackett@h-gac.com or call 713-993-4576
Connect Transit - League City
400 W. Walker Street
League City, Texas 77573
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
State Highway - 146 Subregional Study Public Meeting
Local citizens, business owners and elected 
officials are invited to attend a public meeting on the State Highway146 (SH146) Subregional Study. 

SH 146 is an important regional corridor which serves as a major north-south thoroughfare, freight corridor and hurricane evacuation route. The cities of Baytown, Mont Belvieu, along with H-GAC and TxDOT are working together to identify and analyze the mobility issues in the study area. 

The study will result in recommendations to address the mobility issues identified during the public outreach portion of the study. The goal of this meeting is to receive input on the mobility issues in the study area from the public.

Public Meeting
TUESDAY, JUNE 6 
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 
Living Hope Church 
7611 Hwy. 146 Baytown, TX 77523

Public comments can be submitted to:

For more information on the SH 146 Subregional Study click HERE
ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): Brown Bag Lunch Series
Jeff Taebel, H-GAC Community and Environmental Planning Director
H-GAC's May Brown Bag Lunch Series presentation, "Livable Centers: More Choices, Great Places," was presented by H-GAC Community and Environmental Planning Director Jeff Taebel.

Since 2008, H-GAC has worked with local partners to complete 24 Livable Centers' Studies in diverse locations throughout the 8-county region with five additional studies soon to be underway. In 2016, H-GAC developed a report on implementation efforts by Livable Centers and local partners to date. Key findings from that report, included:
  • Multimodal Trips: H-GAC estimates approximately 416,000 trips are made daily in the region's Livable Centers on foot, bicycle, or via transit.
  • Job Growth: From 2009-2014, Livable Centers outpaced the 8-county region in job growth 20.4% to 16.0%.
  • Capital Improvements: Nearly $200 million in locally sponsored capital improvements have been made in Livable Centers Study Areas to date; an additional $270 million in capital projects have been planned or programmed.
To view the full presentation click HERE.
Livable Centers Call for Planning Study Partners
Livable Centers Brochure Cover

H-GAC released 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.
NuRide Service Ending - What Now?
By now you may have heard that NuRide is no longer available for Houston residents, but fear not! Commute Solutions is a transportation public outreach initiative through H-GAC that helps commuters find a smarter way to work. The Commute Solutions program is committed to providing the best commuter information available for the greater Houston region. Now we are in the process of identifying our future ride sharing platform. We will be gathering information from users, businesses, and others to refine our platform and plan to re-introduce a new version in the near future. During this process, we encourage users to continue to be Road Warriors and use commuter alternatives that help ease traffic congestion and improve air quality for everyone. 

If you have any questions or if you would like to participate in our upcoming focus group, please contact us at CommuteSolutions@h-gac.com
Bike to Work Day Events
H-GAC staff member Veronica Baxter-Lamb, providing cyclists regional bike maps at the 
Energy Corridor 
Bike to Work Day event
H-GAC's C.O.O. Chuck Wemple and Transportation Deputy Director Eulois Cleckley with cyclist on Bike to Work Day
H-GAC in partnership with Greenway Plaza, held its annual Bike to Work Day. The event was held on May 18 at Greenway Plaza in the Green Square. Those who rode their bike to work were provided light refreshments, region-wide bike maps, and bike safety lights. H-GAC Chief Operating Officer Chuck Wemple provided welcoming remarks. We thank all of the participants that helped make the event a success. 

H-GAC was also a sponsor for the Energy Corridor Districts annual Bike to Work Day event held at Terry Hershey Park.
Hurricane Season Preparedness 
Hurricane season begins June 1. Together Against the
Weather is a program sponsored by H-GAC to help assure that residents are prepared for the hurricane season.
Hurricanes are cyclonic circulations with sustained winds of 74 mph or greater. These destructive storms can produce heavy rains, high winds and flooding when they make landfall and can be a major threat to the Houston-Galveston Area.


New Hurricane Evacuation Routes Map and Zip Zone Maps are available to assist you in planning for an evacuation and to identify which zip zone you live in. 

Public outreach staff members Rosalind Hebert and Francis Rodriguez provided Zip Zone maps at the Texas Children's Hospital Emergency Management Bridge Event
2016 Annual Mobility Report
The 2016 Annual Mobility Report is now available. The report summarizes key economic and transportation performance measures that reflect our progress toward achieving a safe, reliable, multimodal transportation network. 

As in previous years, performance statistics have been shown for each of the state's goals in the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. The report measures safety, access management, congestion (vehicular and truck), and natural and cultural resources.


Download the 2016 H-GAC Annual Mobility Report HERE.
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Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
Wednesday, June 14, 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, June 23, 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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