H-GAC Transportation Newsletter: January 2019
The latest news from the Houston-Galveston Area Council's Transportation Department!

Transportation Policy Council - December 21, 2018
At its December meeting, the TPC unanimously adopted Resolutions of Commendation for four outgoing TPC members for their many years of service to the region.

Pictured with the TPC officers in each photo on the left are: Harris County Judge Ed Emmett (top left), Fort Bend County Commissioner James Patterson, (middle left), Chambers County Commissioner Rusty Senac (middle left), and Missouri City Assistant City Manager, Scott Elmer, P.E. (bottom; left).

Other action included a Resolution to amend the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). Six amendments were approved that added funding to four existing roadway construction projects, programmed a new roadway and a new transit project, and cancelled a transit project.

Another Resolution was adopted by the TPC to amend the 2018-2019 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) to reflect carryover projects to fiscal year 2019.

Other action by the TPC was approval of a Revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Texas Central Partners, LLC, and the H-GAC Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the proposed high-speed rail project between Houston and Dallas.

View the archived December TPC meeting livestream HERE.

2045 RTP - Moving Our Region into Tomorrow
Learn what’s next for the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan at one of our upcoming public meetings. We will highlight an expert panel featuring “Transportation 101: What You Need to Know.” Click HERE for meeting times and locations. During the public meetings, our expert transportation panelists will discuss the draft selection of transportation projects in your area from the recent "2018 Call for Projects" application process. The panel will also talk about air quality and transportation conformity initiatives, transportation performance measures, and what's next for the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan.

"Houston Airports"
Featuring Jesus H. Saenz, Jr.
Chief Operating Officer
Houston Airport System

Monday, January 28, 2019
Houston-Galveston Area Council
3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, TX 2nd Floor, Rm B
Noon-1:00 p.m.

Bring your lunch, bring a friend and join us for this event!
H-GAC Updates Regional Demographic Snapshot
Regional Demographic Snapshot screenshot
The Socioeconomic Modeling team at H-GAC updated the Regional Demographic Snapshot tool with recently released US Census American Community Survey Data (2013-2017 5-year estimate). 

The tool provides an easy access to demographic data at different geographic levels including counties, cities, independent school districts, census tracts, zip codes, and Census Block Groups.

For advanced queries visit the Demographic Data Explorer
H-GAC Releases Jobs to Jobs Flow Interactive Report and Tool
job to job flows in the houston metropolitan area
The Socioeconomic Modeling team at H-GAC developed a new interactive report and tool that identifies the Houston Metropolitan Area's labor mobility across industries and geographies. 

The report provides insights to the changing demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of region's population. The application is based on The Job-to-Job Flow Data (J2J data) produced by the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) Program of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Get to Know Tow and Go
What: The Gulf Coast Regional Tow and Go Program provides motorists with no-cost towing when their vehicle breaks down from mechanical failure (e.g., out of gas, overheating, flat tire) in the main lanes, shoulder, ramp or High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV)/High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes of freeways in the Tow and Go service area.  

Where: Currently, Tow and Go is available on camera-monitored freeways within the City of Houston and will expand next into Harris County, followed by neighboring counties where camera coverage is available and as funding is allocated. You can sign up to receive updates on the program’s expansion at towandgo.com.

How: Call Tow and Go at 713-881-3333, or after downloading the Houston TranStar app from the Apple store or Google Play, click on the tow truck at the top of the screen.

Who: Tow and Go is managed by the Houston-Galveston Area Council through funding provided by the Federal Highway Administration and the Texas Department of Transportation.  
Upcoming Meetings
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting

Wednesday, January 16, 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, January 25, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

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