September 2017
Technical Advisory Committee - August 16, 2017

The "Smart Cities Challenge" launched by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) was featured at this month's Technical Advisory Committee meeting. 

 

Eulois Cleckley, Deputy MPO Director, presented efforts in Texas and throughout the region on Smart Cities activities and the region's Automated Vehicle Proving Ground for the testing of connected and automated vehicle technologies.

 

More information HERE (Item 5).



 



2045 Regional Transportation Plan
H-GAC is working on updating the RTP. The RTP is a long range plan that provides a guide for maintaining and improving the region's transportation system and identifies priority transportation investments over the next 25 years. The public will have a chance to provide input over the next year as the plan is being developed.

 



Public Meeting and Comment Period
H-GAC will host a public meeting for Amendments to the 2017-2020 TIP and 2040 RTP on September 11, 2017 from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. 3555 Timmons Lane, 2nd Floor, Rm A, Houston, TX 77027.The public comment period runs from August 23 until October 6 at 5:00 p.m.

A webinar will begin at noon until 1:00 p.m. on September 11, 2017. The webinar can be accessed HERE (Cisco WebEx software needed).
  
Written Comments: Transportation Public Information, Houston-Galveston Area Council, P.O. Box 22777, Houston, TX 77227-2777

Email Comments: publiccomments@h-gac.com, or fax to (713) 993-4508
 
More information and a list of the proposed amendments can be found HERE.
 
Instant Impact Workshop - September 29
Instant Impact Workshop Logo
H-GAC will host Instant Impact: A Land Use Planning Workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., September 29, at the White Oak Conference Center, 7603 Antoine Drive, Houston, TX.

The workshop will cover the uses and benefits of Instant Impact projects, a way to use inexpensive and quick techniques to build public interest and excitement for walkable, vibrant places in a community. Participants will hear from experts and practitioners who have used Instant Impact tools during and after the planning process to move projects forward, including some highlighted in H-GAC's Instant Impact Guide: Temporary, Cost Effective Ideas for More Vibrant Streets.

Workshop topics and speakers:
*  Uses & Benefits of Instant Impact, Layne Ferguson, Team Better Block
*  Instant Impact in Small Towns, Christof Spieler, Huitt-Zollars
*  Instant Impact through Partnerships, Alex Miller and Luis Guajardo, Asakura Robinson

Online registration is required. For more information contact Clint McManus at 832-681-2513.

Save the Date - September 18th Brown Bag Lunch Series
An Update from Union Pacific Railroad
                                         
 
This month's Brown Bag Lunch Series presentation will feature a panel discussion on Union Pacific Railroad operations. Panelists will be (left to right) Richard Zientek, UP Director of Public Affairs; Ryan Rosa, UP Conductor/Engineer; and Paul Rathgeber, UP Senior Manager of Industry & Public Projects. The panel will provide an overview of Union Pacific operations in the greater Houston region, an update on the Crossing Assessment Process, and railroad public safety. 

When:      Monday, September 18, 2017, Noon to 1:00 PM
Where:     H-GAC Offices
                 3555 Timmons Lane, 2nd Floor, Rm B
                 Houston, TX 77027

Bring your lunch and join us (RSVPs not necessary).

This event is open to the public, so feel free to extend this invitation to others. Contact Rosalind Hebert, CAP-OM, at 713-993-2471 or email to Rosalind.Hebert@h-gac.com with inquires or comments.
Public Transportation Restored in the City of Pasadena
Pasadena Mayor Jeff Wagner has taken the first steps to restore Pasadena's inter-city bus service. A proposed plan includes four routes that total roughly 70 linear miles. The routes have been designed to provide service to low-income areas in Pasadena and where transportation needs are the highest.

The proposed routes include stops at San Jacinto College, Strawberry Clinic and Bayshore Medical Center, Walmart, Kroger, Fiesta, HEB, CVS and Walgreens. The service would give Pasadena residents access to existing Harris County Transit routes and connection to the Houston METRO system near Richey Road.
 
For more information, visit www.harriscountytransit.com. 
Employee Spotlight - Diane Dohm
This month, H-GAC spotlights Diane Dohm, Sr. Planner in the Transportation Department. Diane is the new pedestrian-bicyclist planner who manages a variety of planning activities related to walking and bicycling. She also manages the pedestrian-bicyclist subcommittee and pedestrian-bicyclist counter program which includes updating the pedestrian-bicycle regional plan and maps, managing pedestrian-bicyclist special district studies, and researching best practices. Prior to joining H-GAC, Diane managed the Victoria MPO. Prior to that, she managed active transportation funding and planning programs in California. Diane has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology, Latin American Studies, and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has a Master of Science degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas-Austin. Diane is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). 
Partners in Planning - National Drive Electric Week
September 9 -17 is "National Drive Electric Week."  This year, Houston-Clean Cities will be hosting a special event featuring electric vehicles (EV) on Saturday, September 16 at the IKEA store located at 7810 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024. In conjunction with DFW Clean Cities, Houston-Clean Cities will be participating in a weeklong series of free webinars.

9/11/17 - EV 101
9/12/17 - Workplace Charging
9/14/17 - Municipalities & EVs
9/13/17 - Impacting the Grid
9/15/17 - How to Sell an EV

All webinars begin at 12 p.m. For more information how you can participate in "National Drive Electric Week," visit http://www.houston-cleancities.org/event/national-drive-electric-week.
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Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
Wednesday, September 13, 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, September 22, 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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