Subregional Planning

Subregional Planning helps achieve locally-conceived transportation goals through long-range planning and definite implementation strategies. Multiple subregional plans are currently underway, and their materials are available here for public access.

Subregional Planning is directed by local Stakeholder Committees and provides:

  • An in-depth examination of each area
  • A forum for interjurisdictional coordination
  • Shared land use-transportation vision, goals, and implementation strategies

Subregional Plans

The Fort Bend County Subregional Plan examines long-range transportation needs at the local level. Thoroughfare plans, economic development initiatives, and various other information were integrated into an updated land use and transportation vision for the sub-region.

The projects includes seven cities: Rosenberg, Meadows Place, Arcola, Missouri City, Sugar Land, Richmond, and Stafford, as well as Fort Bend County.

The Greater West Houston Mobility Plan is a comprehensive multi-modal transportation study that explores different land use and transportation scenarios for the Greater West Houston region. The study examines improved transportation strategies for freeways, toll ways, local streets, transit, and pedestrian and bicycle networks. A series of short, medium and long range projects were identified to help improve mobility throughout the study area.

Liberty County is developing quickly. With increasing traffic to the area, especially within the Cities of Cleveland, Dayton and Liberty, the County needs a plan that manages growth, maintains mobility, and focuses on safety for all users.

The Liberty County Mobility Plan will define future transportation investments that will move people and goods in a safe and efficient manner by analyzing the existing transportation network, considering existing and future land use and growth scenarios, and recommending ways to improve transportation mobility for residents, businesses and visitors now and in the future.

H-GAC partnered with METRO on the development of a Subregional Planning study that will facilitate METRO’s evolution as a multimodal transit agency to increase accessibility for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The METRO Bike and Ride Access and Implementation Plan will identify strategic approaches tailored to each of METRO’s Park and Ride lots, transit centers and rail stations based on analysis and information that includes best practices from peer transit agencies, spatial requirements, security requirements and geographic requirements.

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) established a partnership with Montgomery County Precinct 2 and Commissioner Riley to conduct a sub-regional mobility study. The Montgomery County Precinct 2 Mobility Study (MP2) represents a concentrated effort to address existing and future mobility needs in Southwest Montgomery County.

The Northern Brazoria County/Pearland Subregional Plan recommends locally approved transportation and mobility improvement recommendations to be included in the Regional Transportation Plan. Stakeholders include the City of Pearland, the City of Alvin, Brazoria County Precinct 2, the Greater 288 Partnership, the Bay Area Transportation Partnership (BayTran), and the Texas Medical Center.

State Highway 146 (SH 146) is an important regional corridor which serves as a major north-south thoroughfare, a freight route, and a hurricane evacuation route. The area surrounding SH 146 is a rapidly growing part of the greater Houston-Galveston region in terms of population, employment and freight traffic.

In order to coordinate transportation planning efforts undertaken by local agencies to accommodate this growth, elected officials asked the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) to establish a partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the cities of Baytown and Mont Belvieu, to collaboratively examine current and future mobility needs.

The Southeastern portion of Harris County serves a growing amount of commuter, residential, and industrial traffic. The industrial uses in the subarea contribute to a high-level of truck traffic and safety concerns, which also impacts residential and commercial areas. 

This study will identify and propose solutions to address congestion and safety, multimodal transportation needs in the subregion with the involvement of stakeholders and the public. The scenarios will integrate land use, transportation, and economic impacts while meeting H-GAC’s goals for mobility, safety, and enabling economic opportunity.

The Southeast Houston Mobility Plan is a comprehensive transportation study, focused on furthering the City of Houston’s goals for a more healthy, resilient, and connected city established through PlanHouston and leaning on processes and technical guidance elaborated in the City’s Mobility Plan. This plan allows for more in depth consideration of the existing transportation and mobility conditions, infrastructure, and development in the Southeast Houston Study Area.

The primary purpose is to identify short, medium and long-range projects, policies, and programs intended to promote better mobility for all road users, and to consider and develop a multi-modal classification for streets within the study area.

South Montgomery County is experiencing high-paced growth in all areas:

  • Jobs
  • Construction of new office, medical and retail buildings
  • Development of new master planned communities on both sides of I-45
  • opening of Grand Parkway segments running from US 290 to US 59

Recognizing the impact that this hyper-activity has on the area’s roadway network, local leaders initiated a study led by the Houston-Galveston Area Council.

This comprehensive transportation study determined existing and future transportation needs within South Montgomery County study area, which in turn will help local governments and policy makers prioritize transportation investments to improve access to jobs, homes and services in the area.

The rapid growth of employment centers and residential developments within and adjacent to The Woodlands Township will increase the strain on the area’s existing roadway system. Transit programs could expand user choices for connecting to employment and activity centers and help support employment and residential growth.

H-GAC, in collaboration with The Woodlands Township, developed The Woodlands Transit Plan. This comprehensive transit study is taking a fresh look at transit, looking at ways the services currently provided could be improved or complemented with new services. The study will result in a prioritized list of potential transit projects to be considered as future funding opportunities arise.