January 2018
Transportation Policy Council -  December 15, 2017
On December 15, 2017, the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) approved a Resolution amending the  2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for 10 projects. This action involved programming of five projects, a change of sponsorship of two other projects, and additional federal funding of one project in the City of Pearland.

Jeff Taebel, Director of  H-GAC's Community & Environmental Planning department, presents an update to the on Livable Centers Studies
The TPC also approved a Resolution for amendments to the 2018-2019 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) to address comments from the Federal Highway Administration and to add Federal Transit Administration funding for planning support and implementation of priority projects.
Other information included updates of the 2045 RTP goals and investment strategies and nine Livable Centers Studies.

To view the archived TPC meeting live-stream, click HERE.
High Capacity Transit Task Force
On December 15, the High Capacity Transit (HCT) Task Force met to receive preliminary findings from its Economic Development, Service Concepts and Innovative Financing workgroups, comprised of Task Force members and other regional stakeholders.

Findings included examples from other regions in the United States and the world regarding high capacity transit services, the economic benefits they provide, and innovative ways these services were funded.
Discussion topics included methods of measuring economic benefit (including the consequences of not building more high capacity transit in the region), the role of autonomous vehicles in transit service, and the value of public-private partnerships in delivering transit services.
The work of the HCT Task Force now moves into its next phase of work, which will use findings to generate recommendations for regional high capacity transit. It is anticipated that the Task Force will deliver its recommendations regarding high capacity transit for the region to the TPC in late summer 2018. 
 Driverless Vehicles:  Are You Ready?
SAVE THE DATE for the January 22, 2018 Brown Bag Lunch Series
              H-GAC Offices, 2nd Floor, Rm B, Houston, TX 77027
                                                 Noon-1:00 P.M.

Sam Lott, P.E..
Sam Lott, P.E., will be discussing "What the Future Holds for Fully Automated/Autonomous Vehicles: Evaluating Mobility Benefits, Infrastructure Gaps and Transit Applications."
Sam is affiliated with Texas Southern University (TSU) Center for Transportation Training and Research and recently formed his a consulting firm called Automated Mobility Services, LLC. Sam's presentation will cover:
  • Automated/connected roadway vehicle technology - mobility challenges and benefits
  • Infrastructure gaps that must be filled to support automated vehicle technology
  • Transit applications with fully automated operations
  • Early deployment of automated transit in Houston's urban districts 
Bring your lunch, bring a friend, and join us for this most interesting presentation!
 SH 146 Subregional Plan Public Meeting - January 2018

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Maranatha Church
12319 Hwy 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. The meeting will consist of a brief presentation followed by a public comment session. English and Spanish speakers will be available to gather input and answer questions.

2045 Regional Transportation Plan: What to Expect in 2018
Planning efforts for the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan continue and there are numerous opportunities to voice your ideas and get involved in the New Year.

To participate, keep an eye on the 
2045 RTP Website for regular events, informational, and educational updates.

Commissioner's Court presentations will occur in January and February and public meetings will take place in March and April throughout the eight-county Houston-Galveston region.

Public comments received to date have provided helpful feedback to H-GAC's planning team. An in-depth public participation process helps ensure direct feedback from policy makers, regional leadership, and the public is reflected in the plan. Residents are encouraged to get actively involved in 2018 and send us your comments.
H-GAC Welcomes Josh Shideler!
Previously the Public Information Planner for the Gulf Coast Workforce Board, Josh stepped into the Outreach Coordinator role with H-GAC's Transportation Department in October 2017.
Focused on content development and marketing, media relations and communications strategy, Josh works to strengthen brand identity for the Metropolitan Planning Organization serving the eight-county Houston-Galveston area.
Josh takes pride in doing meaningful work for Texans and the local business community. He is passionate about connecting people with high-quality services and educating residents about critical issues facing the region.
Josh holds a Bachelor's Degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Houston.

Partners in Planning - Fort Bend County Transit
Fort Bend County officially formed a Public Transportation Department in June 2005 to provide residents with safe and efficient public transportation services while maintaining service quality and customer satisfaction. With increasing population growth in the county, Fort Bend offers the following public transportation services.

Demand Response currently offers shared ride bus services to the citizens of Fort Bend County for trips within Fort Bend County.
  • Guaranteed Ride Home is a free service that provides commuters a way home in the event of a midday emergency.
  • Fort Bend Express provides weekday commuter service to the Texas Medical Center, Greenway Plaza, and the Galleria. These services consist of rides from Fort Bend County Monday through Friday. Services may begin as early as 4:30 a.m. and end as late as 9:00 p.m. 
  • The Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program addresses the unique transportation challenges faced by individuals in low income areas seeking to obtain and maintain employment. The JARC transportation service provides transportation for residents either participating in educational development programs or working. Transportation is provided to and from suburban employment opportunities for residents of urbanized areas.
More information about these services can be found HERE.
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Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
Wednesday, January 17, 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, January 26, 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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