H-GAC Transportation Newsletter: February 2019
The latest news from the Houston-Galveston Area Council's Transportation Department!
Transportation Policy Council - January 25, 2019
At its January 25th meeting, Council members elected and welcomed a new slate of officers, approved nominations for 16 at-large members of the Technical Advisory Committee, approved 23 at-large nominations for the Transportation Safety Committee, and approved candidates for one at-large position on the TPC for Other Transportation Interests.

A Resolution of Commendation for outgoing TPC member and Port Houston Commission Chair Janiece Longoria was awarded to Commissioner Longoria and accepted by Mr. Spencer Chambers in her absence. Ms. Longoria served on the TPC representing Other Transportation Interests for five years.

Incoming Chair, Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark, presented outgoing Chair Judge Matt Sebesta with a gavel plaque for his service as TPC Chair for three years. Pictured above from left to right: 2nd Vice Chair Justin Beckendorff, 1st Vice Chair David Robinson, Incoming Chair Ken Clark, Past Chair Matt Sebesta, Texas Commissioner Laura Ryan, and Secretary Tom Reid.

In addition to the above actions by the Council, members also approved an amendment to add high-speed rail to the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan.

View the Archived Livestream HERE.
Transportation 101: What You Need to Know
Transportation 101: What You Need Know is a series of transportation public meetings hosted by the H-GAC transportation team. The public meetings highlight the 2018 Call for Projects draft selection and public comment period, transportation performance measures, and what's next for the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan. The team recently visited the cities of Friendswood and Liberty to talk transportation with elected officials, residents, and stakeholders. Our next meeting will be in Tomball on Feb. 5 and the Energy Corridor on Feb. 7. Visit 2045RTP.com for more information.
Ports Area Mobility Study Update
H-GAC’s freight team has been hard at work this month on its largest priority, the region’s Ports Area Mobility Study. The purpose of the study is to identify freight and goods supply chains that are dependent on the region’s port facilities and improvement alternatives to better facilitate freight mobility. These alternatives range in scope from policy level changes to infrastructure additions. In addition to conduction benefit cost analysis for these alternatives, the study team is also currently conducting interviews with various stakeholders to validate market data being used for the study. The Ports Area Mobility Study is a critical step in preserving our region’s precious infrastructure and improving the way we move freight throughout the region. The study is expected to wrap up during the summer.

In addition to the Ports Area Mobility Study, the freight team is also participating in the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan public meetings. The first two meetings in Friendswood and Liberty were well attended. There are two more meetings scheduled in Houston--one in Tomball and a workshop that will complete this series of public outreach meetings in April. Our growing region’s freight network and concerns continue to be heavily discussed at these meetings. The 2045 RTP public meetings present an opportunity to receive valuable feedback on how the Houston-Galveston region’s various freight networks can be improved with needed changes. 
January Brown Bag Lunch Series - In Case You Missed It
"Houston Airports" was presented by Jesus H. Saenz, Jr., Chief Operating Officer for Houston Airport System on Monday, January 28, 2019. Mr. Saenz discussed major improvements to Bush Intercontinental and Hobby Airports and a spaceport at Ellington Airport. He especially highlighted flights added to both airports for expanded international destinations, better customer service, improved kiosk usage, automated screening lanes, ADA improvements, and more time-saving innovations.

For more information, visit fly2houston or view the Brown Bag Lunch Presentation.
Apply Now for Financial Assistance!
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AirCheck Texas currently operates within more than 120 repair facilities and 150 dealerships throughout participating counties in the Houston-Galveston region. For many vendors, particularly family-owned businesses, AirCheck Texas provides a substantial percentage of revenue and aims to safeguard the State's air resources from pollution while enriching public health, general welfare, and physical property.

The AirCheck Texas “Drive a Clean Machine” Program is encouraging eligible motorists to apply for financial assistance to repair or replace their current vehicle. Assistance is available for qualified residents of Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, and Montgomery Counties. The program is continuing to process applications for both repair and replacement assistance. Applicants must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify and the applicant’s vehicle must have up-to-date registration for 12 of 15 months immediately following the time the application is submitted.

The Repair Assistance Program provides up to $600 to qualified applicants who have failed the annual emissions test required to renew vehicle registration. Applicants must be able to pass the safety portion of the state inspection and have failed the emissions portion.

The Replacement Assistance Program provides up to $3,500 to qualified applicants for a recent model year vehicle of 2016-2019 for a vehicle that is 10 years or older. Apply now and be a part of the change for a better tomorrow!

More information is available at www.aircheckhouston.com or email airchecktexas@h-gac.com.
  
Upcoming Meetings
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 
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, February 22, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane
2nd Floor, Room B
Houston, TX 77027