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Houston-Galveston Area Council

March 2013
In This Issue
Transportation Policy Council - February 22, 2013
New TEMPO Director Holds First Meeting of 2013
Commissioner James Patterson Honored at Transportation Forum
H-GAC and TTI Work Together to Gather Bike/Ped Data
Public Meeting for METRO Bike & Ride Survey
H-GAC Wins EMAT Award
Fresh Air Friday Coming Again to Downtown Houston
Catch up on All Mobility NOW Videos and More!
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March Meetings
TAC - Wednesday,
March 13, 2013

 

TPC - Friday,
March 22, 2013
 
2013-2016 TIP
Public Meetings
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
H-GAC Conference Room A
3555 Timmons Lane
Houston, TX 77027
 

Bike Counter Installation Information Workshop

Thursday, March 21, 2013

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

H-GAC Conference Room B
3555 Timmons Lane
Houston, TX 77027

 

Fresh Air Friday

Friday, March 22, 2013

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Jones Plaza

615 Louisiana Street

Houston, TX 77002

Transportation Policy Council - February 22, 2013

H-GAC Transportation Program Manager David Wurdlow addresses TPC
On Friday, February 22, 2013, the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) approved $1.66 million in Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) and New Freedom funds for transit projects within the Houston urbanized area. The purpose of the JARC program is to provide access to jobs and training opportunities for low-income individuals and to improve access to suburban employment centers. The New Freedom program provides new and improved transportation services for disabled persons, beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Approximately $5.2 million of JARC funding apportioned to the Houston urbanized area under previous federal legislation remains available for award.

The TPC also received an update on the exchange state bond funds currently programmed on US 290 for federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ), Surface Transportation Program (STP) and National Highway System (NHS) funds. This action creates a $153.7 million balance in Texas Mobility Funds (TMF) for future project selection by the TPC in the eight-county region.

 

A motion was passed by the TPC to solicit public comment on candidate 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) projects. Approximately $600 million of funding requests remain eligible for consideration from applications submitted last summer by local governments, METRO, TxDOT and other regional partners. A list of these candidate projects is available on the H-GAC website at http://www.h-gac.com/taq/tip. Following the public comment period, a program of projects will be submitted to the TPC for its consideration at its April 26 meeting.

 

In other business, the TPC approved Chairman Ed Emmett's selection of 2013 non-voting TPC ex-officio representatives, received an update on the status of the implementation of previous access management studies, heard an update to the 17 Livable Centers studies and heard the various planning activities in store for H-GAC.

 

 

View the agenda and listen to audio here. 

 New TEMPO Director Holds First Meeting

The Association of Texas Metropolitan Planning Organizations 
(TEMPO) held its first meeting of 2013 during the Eighth Annual Transportation Forum of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). This marked the first meeting presided by TEMPO's newest Executive Director, Ashby Johnson.
 
In the October 2012 general meeting, Mr. Johnson was elected Executive Director of TEMPO by popular vote of present members. The Executive Director position was previously occupied by Dan Kessler, the Assistant Director of Transportation for the North Central Texas Council of Governments. It is a three-year term tasked with the oversight, coordination, and leadership of an organization representing all of Texas' MPOs.
 
Mr. Johnson is deputy director of transportation at H-GAC, which functions as the MPO for the eight-county service region in Southeast Texas. For more information on TEMPO, visit www.texasmpos.org.

Commissioner James Patterson Honored at Transportation Forum

Fort Bend County Commissioner James Patterson was officially honored as a Road Hand Award  recipient from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) during the Eighth Annual Texas Transportation Forum in February.

Commissioner Patterson is the former chair of H-GAC's Transportation Policy Council, a post he held from 2008-2011. He co-chaired the 2007 Fort Bend Mobility Coalition which helped to create a $180 million bond program for transportation initiatives in the county.

The Road Hand Award, created in 1973 by former State Highway Engineer Luther DeBerry, recognizes elected officials for their commitment to improving transportation in the state. It is the highest honor that TxDOT bestows upon citizens.

Click the logo to visit the Forum website. Watch TxDOT Deputy Executive Director John Barton present the award here.

H-GAC and TTI Work Together to Gather Bike/Ped Data

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute and H-GAC have worked together on the development of a Regional Pedestrian and Bicycle Counting and Monitoring Program. The objective of this effort is to develop a plan for phased implementation of a system of regular pedestrian and bicycle counting and monitoring sites in the eight-county H-GAC Transportation Management Area that will give H-GAC and local governments adequate data to:

  • Understand usage of pedestrian and bicyclist facilities in a variety of regional development contexts;
  • Adjust calculations on estimated air quality benefits of pedestrian and bicyclist facilities based on data collected in the region on facility usage; and
  • Estimate demand or usage of planned or proposed pedestrian and bicyclist facilities for project evaluation and selection purposes.

As a result of this effort, two permanent pedestrian and bicycle counters have been installed at two locations within the City of Houston to continuously count pedestrians and bicyclists. One location is along the White Oak Bayou on the shared-use path near TC Jester and 34th Street,and the other location is along the MKT shared-use path near 5 Street in the Houston Heights.

 

Three infrared pedestrian counters are available for loan through H-GAC's Pedestrian and Bicycle Program. Infrared pedestrian counters are to be used in tandem with regular tube counters to perform temporary pedestrian and bicycle counts at locations throughout the region. H-GAC will be hosting a workshop on how to loan out and use the equipment in late March. Please join us!

 

Counter Installation Information Workshop

Thursday, March 21, 2013

9:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m.

H-GAC Conference Room B
3555 Timmons Lane
Houston, TX 77027

 

For more information, please contact Chelsea Young, Pedestrian-Bicyclist Coordinator at chelsea.young@h-gac.com or 713-993-2497.

Mark Your Calendars - Public Meeting for METRO Bike & Ride Survey

H-GAC is hosting a public meeting for the METRO Bike and Ride Study on Thursday, April 4, 2013.  We invite you to participate in the study, a planning effort to improve connections between bicyclists and the transit network in the METRO service area. 

 

Commuting by bicycle is a healthy and eco-friendly alternative to cars, and with METRO you can get to and from work in a reasonable time. The overall goal of the study is to identify key activities that will make the joint use of bicycles and transit an easy and affordable way to get around.

 

You can participate in the METRO Bike & Ride planning process by clicking here and completing the survey.
   
 

Metro Bike & Ride Public Meeting

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

H-GAC Conference Room A

3555 Timmons Lane

Houston, TX 77027

 

For more information about the study, please contact Patricia Lawhorn at patricia.lawhorn@h-gac.com.

H-GAC Wins EMAT Award

On Tuesday, February 19, H-GAC was honored with an Excellence in Emergency Management Award from the Emergency Management Association of Texas (EMAT).

  

Stephan Gage receives the EMAT Award

The winning program is called Together Against the Weather (TAW). The purpose of TAW is to provide awareness and education on how to prepare for a hurricane whether evacuating or sheltering in place. The program includes information for persons with access and functional needs and their caregivers, as well as public service materials for emergency management personnel, social service organizations and the media.

 

The Excellence in Emergency Management Award honors outstanding state and local emergency management projects, activities and campaigns that further the goals of saving lives and protecting property by mitigating, preparing for, responding to or recovering from disasters and emergencies in Texas.

 

Stephen Gage, senior transportation planner at H-GAC, received the award at the 2013 EMAT Awards Program at the 6th Annual EMAT Symposium in San Marcos. To learn more about Together Against the Weather, visit www.togetheragainsttheweather.com.

Fresh Air Friday Coming Again to Downtown Houston

freshairfridayH-GAC is helping commuters get more out of their day at Fresh Air Friday, an annual event that explores the variety of commute alternatives available to help save time and money. H-GAC and other local organizations will share tips on commute alternatives, showcase hybrid vehicles and share information on how to improve air quality. 

 

Local food vendors will provide free food and drinks to attendees throughout the Plaza. Fresh Air Friday will also feature giveaways throughout the afternoon and the official healthcare sponsor, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, will provide free health screenings for attendees. 

 

Fresh Air Friday

Friday, March 22, 2013

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Jones Plaza

615 Louisiana Street

Houston, TX 77002

Catch up on All Mobility NOW Videos and More!

Mobility NOW is a TV show designed to bring you transportation information. Each show delivers a new topic and engaging commentary on how we move throughout our region. Our latest show features Houston TranStar, a regional transportation management agency that keeps our traffic moving.

 

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 Did you know...?

Along with maintaining our ports and waterways, the Corps of Engineers works to restore order during times of inclement weather such as hurricanes and floods. Its website links to the National Hurricane Center, reports on Texas highway conditions and to a real-time traffic map from Houston Transtar.

H-GAC in the News 

The 2040 Regional Transportation Plan is making strides in receiving public feedback. Learn how you can participate by visiting www.2040plan.org.  

H-GAC projects Houston population growth of 3.3 million by 2040.

Transportation improvements continue throughout the region.

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