October 2017
Transportation Policy Council - September 22, 2017

Kari Hackett presented the updated Regionally Coordinated Transportation Plan to the TPC during the Sept. meeting.

On Sept. 22, the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) accepted the updated Regionally Coordinated Transportation Plan (RCTP). After seven public meetings coordinated throughout the region during June, the Technical Advisory Committee approved the recommendation to the TPC for acceptance of the updated RCTP at its meeting on Sept. 13, 2017.

Click HERE for the complete document.
During the information section of the meeting, TPC member agencies provided a review and status of the Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts throughout the region. For a recap of those efforts, see the TPC meeting live-stream archives HERE.
Partners in Planning
H-GAC is partnering with Waller County for an 18-month study that will produce a transportation plan recommending projects to improve access to jobs, homes, and services now and in the future. This effort is highlighted in a message from Waller County, Judge Trey Duhon:

 "As one of the fastest growing counties in the state of Texas and the United States, making sure that we improve and enhance our transportation and mobility infrastructure is essential to maintaining a quality of life for our residents and our businesses that is second to none. And putting an emphasis on preserving and protecting our rural and agricultural heritage in the process, provides us with the opportunity to set the standard when it comes to positive development and growth."

To learn more about the Waller County Transportation Plan visit: www.hgacmpo.com/waller

Upcoming Waller County Public Meetings 

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Brookshire Convention Center
4017 5th Street
Brookshire, TX 77423


6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Waller County Community Center
21274 FM 1098
Prairie View, TX 77446 
In Case You Missed It - September Brown Bag Lunch Series

An Update from Union Pacific Railroad


A panel discussion on Union Pacific Railroad was featured at the Sept. 18 Brown Bag Lunch Series. The panel provided an overview of operations in the greater Houston region, the crossing assessment process, and railroad public safety.

To view the power point presentation click HERE.

    Panelists (left to right): Ryan Rosa, Richard
               Zientek, and Paul Rathgeber
Annual Fall Planning Workshop - October 20, 2017

Date:    Friday, October 20, 2017

Time:    9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at H-GAC

Focus:  Implementation


Presentation: Best Practices for Communities


Discussion Points:

  • How do you keep your plan off the shelf?
  • How do you pay for it?
  • How do you do it?

Online Registration required: Click HERE

More information: Amanda Thorin (713-993-4587)




Regional Flood Management Council Meeting - October 25, 2017
Date:     Wednesday, October 25
Time:    1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Place:   H-GAC 2nd Floor, Rooms B and C  

Presentation: Effects of Flooding on Transportation
by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

More information: Becki Begley (713-993-2410) 
Regional Flood Management Council Logo


Employee Spotlight - David Fink, P.E. 
This month, H-GAC spotlights new transportation employee, David Fink, P.E.
David Fink is the new program manager for Regional Incident Management for the transportation department. He comes to us from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) where he was Director of Transportation Management Systems, but has been involved with Intelligent Transportation System and Houston TranStar since 1999.
Under his leadership, the Houston District has expanded data sharing agreements with local cities, counties, and media. He was instrumental in expanding participation within the Incident Management Team, leading to greater interagency cooperation and coordination and reduced incident clearance times. His stewardship of the Houston TranStar website provides traveler information to more than 800,000 unique users per month The Houston TranStar website has also won multiple national awards for it traveler information and design. David has been an active participant in state and national research efforts, including those dealing with transportation management center operations, Incident Management, and new emerging ITS technologies.
H-GAC Intern- Mahbuba Khan
Mahbuba Khan began her internship at H-GAC on July 10, 2017. During her time in the Transportation Department, Mahbuba worked with Transportation Program Manager, Patrick Mandapaka in multimodal planning. 

Her responsibilities included assisting staff with identification and mapping of crash data for the Regional Safety Council; tabulation and analysis of bicycle-pedestrian count data; and, calculation of safety performance measures and targets.
When her internship ended in August, Mahbuba was awarded a Certificate of Completion by Mandapaka.
H-GAC Intern
 Mahbuba Khan! 
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Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
Wednesday, October 18, 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, October 27, 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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