December 2017
Transportation Policy Council
Program Manager Patrick Mandapaka presents a report on the 2017 State of Safety for the 
Houston-Galveston region

On November 17, the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) approved the TPC Chairman's appointments to the 2018 TPC Nominating Committee. This Committee will be tasked with recommendations for 2018 officers, for one at-large position on the TPC for Other Transportation Interests, and recommendations for 16 at-large positions on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). Recommendations from the Nominating Committee will go before the TPC for approval at their January 26, 2018 meeting.

Reports on Regional Incident Management activities, the Highway Performance Monitoring System, and a State of Safety Report were presented for the Council's information.

View the November TPC meeting via Livestream HERE
Conformity Determination Public Meetings
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane, 4th Floor 
Human Services, Rm 4B
Houston, TX 77027
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
5:30 p.m. -  6:30 p.m.
H-GAC Offices
3555 Timmons Lane, 4th Floor
Human Services, Rm 4B
Houston, TX 77027

 Can't attend the public meetings in person?  
Register and join in via GoToWebinar HERE.
You Wanted to Know... What is a Conformity Determination?
A Conformity Determination demonstrates that implementation of projects in the current Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) are consistent with emissions reductions from on-road vehicles contained in the State air quality Implementation Plan for our 8-county area.

A new conformity determination must be performed any time a transportation plan is amended in a significant manner when a region's or state's air quality goals change, or every four years.

The 2017 conformity determination is being prepared to support amendments to the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The conformity process depends on federal, state, and local transportation and air quality agencies working together to meet transportation conformity requirements. These requirements ensure that transportation plans, programs, and projects are consistent with the State emissions budgets and will not delay timely attainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards  (NAAQS).
Looking Ahead.... State Highway 146 Public Meeting - 2018
What:    SH 146 Public Meeting
When:   January 11, 2018
Time:     6:30PM - 8:00PM
Place:    Maranatha Church
              12319 Highway 146 
              Mont Belvieu, TX 77580
Residents, business owners and elected officials are invited to attend a public meeting on the proposed transportation improvements recommended in the SH 146 Subregional Plan. Please join us to learn more!

The 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)  

Communicating updates about the 2045 RTP is as important as receiving public feedback is to the development of an effective plan. Comments received in the planning process are considered and incorporated into deliberations regarding proposed plans and programs.
 
The RTP is a guiding document that sets multimodal transportation investment priorities for the region. It has an impact on all residents who face daily transportation challenges. 
 
As this long-range plan grows and evolves, our website will also evolve. We answer Frequently Asked Questions, communicate details about public meetings and provide you with a chance to Get Actively Involved. Join the conversation today!

Employee Spotlight: H-GAC Welcomes Vishu Lingala

Vishu Lingala joined H-GAC as a Principal Planner on the Project Development & Programming team in the Transportation Department. He will be facilitating the planning process for 2045 RTP within our eight-county Houston-Galveston region. The 2045 RTP will set investment priorities to address the challenges faced by the multimodal transportation infrastructure that supports economic vitality and desirable quality of life. Vishu will also provide recommendations for improving safety, efficiency and state of good repair. 

Prior to H-GAC, Vishu was a Transportation Planner/Modeler with the Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization in Evansville, Indiana and managed the development of the Millennial Plan for 2040, the development of Regional Pavement Management Systems, and provided planning and network analysis support to the local government partners within the Evansville Metropolitan Panning Area.

Vishu has a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ball State University and has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad, India.  
Partners In Planning - Harris County Transit On the Move
Fixed bus route service to begin in 2018 
The Cleveland-Ripley Neighborhood Center hosted public meetings for Harris County Community Services Department Office of Transit Services (HCT) on September 21, 2017 and October 3, 2017.
 
Topics discussed and on display were proposed transit routes and bus stops for the City of Pasadena. Public comment and feedback was welcomed. HCT provided a demonstration video of the Pasadena fixed bus service, showing connectivity to San Jacinto College, Houston METRO, the Social Security Office, Strawberry Clinic, and more.
 
Attendees received informational pamphlets, a walk-through of the proposed route maps, schedules, and ADA availability. Both public meetings were well attended as nearly 2,000 residents joined the discussion.
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Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
Wednesday, December 6, 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, December 15, 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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