H-GAC created the Brown Bag Series to provide staff and member jurisdictions with a forum for education in market trends, emerging technologies, and key transportation and planning issues facing the industry. Each bi-monthly speaking engagement will give consultant firms, research institutes and other industry experts the opportunity to showcase an expert speaker from their firm for a presentation over lunch.
These meeting are open to all H-GAC member agencies and governments. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held at from 12 PM to 1 PM CDT at 3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, TX 77027 (Presentations in Conference Room B, 2nd Floor).
If you are interested in presenting a topic, please submit a short biography and recent photograph or representative graphic of the presentation topic in .jpg format. Please contact Francis Rodriguez at [email protected] or 713-993-2437 with inquiries or comments.
September 20 - Equity in Transportation
Matt Barkley and Jim Hubbell, Streetlight Data
A review of how to get comprehensive data to measure transportation equity.
July 19 - Port of Houston's 2040 Plan
Rhoit Saxena, Port of Houston
A blueprint for the growth and development of Port Houston over the next 20 years.
June 21 - Nuro Self-driving Delivery Vehicles in the Houston Region
Dan Mitchell, Nuro Houston
Nuro is an American robotics company that's producing custom-built, zero-occupant autonomous delivery vehicles to transform local commerce. For the past two years Nuro has deployed self-driving vehicles in Houston as part of a delivery service with Kroger Grocery Stores and recently launched a new service with CVS Pharmacy. Further deployments with the zero-occupant R2 vehicle (the only vehicle to receive a USDOT exemption) are coming in the near future to the Houston region.
Dan Mitchell from Nuro presented an overview of the technology, operations in Houston, and discuss how Nuro works with local governments and transportation officials.
May 17 - Bike Friendly Driver Class
Susan Jaworski, Houston-Galveston Area Council
This Bicycle Friendly Driver class provides tips, tricks, and strategies for driving on roads with bicyclists using real world examples.
March 15 - Be a Transportation Advocate
Andrea French, Transportation Advocacy Group Houston
Andrea French highlighted the current State Legislative Session issues and events and provided an overview of transportation advocacy initiatives.
April 13 - Telework 101: Regional Snapshot, Benefits and Best Practices
Manager of Travel Demand Management
Houston-Galveston Area Council
June 15 - Real-time Traffic Data and Tools
Public Information Officer
August 17 - ConnectSmart
Texas Department of Transportation
October 19 - Vision Zero
Transportation Planner - City of Houston
January 28 - Houston Airports
Jesus H. Saens, Jr., Houston Airports System
March 25 - Integrating AV Technology with High Capacity Transit
SAM Lott, P.E.
May 20 - Together Against the Weather - Are you prepared for Hurricane Season?
Outreach Coordinator, H-GAC
Principal Transportation Planner, H-GAC
Senior Planner Public Service, H-GAC
July 15 - METRONext
Tom Lambert, President & CEO - METRO
September 16 - Houston's Resin Export Dominance
Jordan Frisby - Port Houston Commercial Division
January 22 - What the Future Holds for Automated Roadway Vehicles
What the Future Holds for Automated Roadway Vehicles - Evaluating Mobility Benefits, Infrastructure Gaps and Transit Applications
J. Sam Lott, PE.
Texas Southern University
March 19 - Transportation and Land Use
Urban Land Institute
May 21 - Port Houston: Looking Ahead
Chief Infrastructure Officer
July 16 - Commute Solutions: Tackling Traffic
Commute Solutions Team
H-GAC (in preparation for August as annual Commute Solutions Month)
September 17 - U.S. Highway 290 Update