H-GAC Transportation Newsletter: April 2018
The latest news from the Houston-Galveston Area Council's Transportation Department!
Transportation Policy Council: March 23, 2018
The Transportation Policy Council (TPC) unanimously adopted a Resolution to posthumously honor Council Member Larry Green (pictured below) for his contribution and service to the TPC as a representative for the City of Houston for the past 12 years. 

Members also approved a recommendation of the TPC Nominating Committee to fill two vacant at-large positions on the Technical Advisory Committee.
Amendments to the 2018-2020 TIP and 2040 RTP and an amendment to the 2018-2019 Unified Planning Work Program were also approved.

Ratification of a letter to TxDOT Executive Director James Bass was approved based on consultation with TPC officers to prevent further delay to time-sensitive amendments to the Transportation Improvement Program.

(Photo courtesy of the City of Houston)
High Capacity Transit Task Force: Phase II
The High Capacity Transit Task Force (HCT) completed Phase I work, which included an overview of transit technologies and service types employed in different regions around the world, funding and financing tools used to pay for selected HCT projects, and the economic impacts and benefits that occurred as a result.

Draft deliverable reports were distributed at the most recent meeting. 

Phase II work is underway. The Service Concepts Work-group produced a “Vision Network” of potential HCT corridors, with high-level travel demand modeling results for each corridor, as well as a set of general principles and supporting concepts that support region-wide HCT. The Innovative Finance Work-group discussed a complete list of funding and financing tools to support HCT in the region and conducted an overview of governance models used in various regions.

Outstanding Phase II tasks include economic analysis of the “Vision Network” to determine costs and benefits as they relate to mobility, economic competitiveness, and regional growth. The HCT Task Force is on track to deliver its recommendations to the TPC in August 2018.
2045 RTP Public Meetings: Join the Conversation
Public Meetings for the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan are underway, and early meetings have proven successful.

Residents of Brazoria, Fort Bend, Harris, and Waller Counties have actively engaged in conversation with H-GAC staff, posing thoughtful questions and learning about our region's long-range transportation planning efforts.

To allow for maximum attendance and involvement, numerous meetings are scheduled throughout the region. Don't miss this week's meetings:

Waller County Public Meetings: Round Two
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Pattison Area Fire Department Fire Station
2950 FM 359
Brookshire, TX 77423

Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Waller County Community Center
21274 FM 1098
Prairie View, TX 77445

Residents, business owners, and elected officials are invited to attend a public meeting on the Waller County Transportation Plan. The purpose is to receive input on the proposed transportation improvements intended to enhance mobility and safety in Waller County.
Missed the March Brown Bag Lunch Series?
On March 19th, David Kim presented an interactive discussion on how The Urban Land Institute (ULI) fits into "The Resilient Houston Region."

Kim informed attendees about ULA's mission, network of District Councils, and leadership efforts. He briefly covered ULA's plans for resiliency in the event of another Hurricane Harvey.

Clean Cities Annual Report
Each year, the Houston-Galveston Clean Cities Coalition surveys local fleets within the region about their use of alternative fuels, reporting this information to the US Department of Energy.

The survey assists in better understanding how and why local businesses and governments use these fuels as well as how usage changed within the past year. Locally, H-GAC uses the information to promote alternative fuel usage and cleaner technologies and to lower generated mobile emissions within the region.

Data gathered includes information about the sales of alternative fuels, deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles, idle-reduction initiatives, fuel economy activities, and programs to reduce vehicle miles traveled.

The 2017 report shows that 31.6 million gallons of gasoline reduced through the uses of alternative fuels and other emission reduction methods. This is 11.6 million more gallons than was recorded by the 2016 version of this survey. 70 percent of this total can be attributed to alternative fueled vehicles. The other 30 percent is spread out among Electric Vehicles, Hybrids and off-road vehicles as well as fuel economy improvements. The survey also recorded that these efforts resulted in nearly 220,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions reduction for the region, an improvement of almost 20,000 tons over the 2016 report. Participation in alternative fuels and idle reduction programs have risen 10 percent.
Interactive Planning Tools Seminar Series: April 26
Interactive Planning Tools Seminar Series graphic
H-GAC is hosting a series of seminars and hands-on workshops to teach people how to use H-GAC's interactive web applications for community and transportation planning.

The second seminar will be from 2:00 - 3:30pm on Thursday, April 26 in H-GAC's 2nd Floor Training Room.

The focus will be on the Regional Employment Snapshot and Commuting Patterns Tool, which provides easy access to US Census Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES) data.

Space is limited to 16 in-person attendees, and registration is required. A webinar option is also available; however, "hands-on" activities will be presented to in-person attendees only.
Upcoming Meetings

2019-2022 TIP and 2040 RTP Amendment Public Meeting

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

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

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting

Wednesday, April, 18, 2018 
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, April 27, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

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