Jack Drake, Chairman
Billy Cooke, P.E., Vice Chairman
  Andrea French, Executive Director 


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Texas House Takes Center Stage

The 11th week of the 84th legislative session brings a round of action in transportation policy and funding bills for the Texas House. 


Full focus for funding advocates across the state kicks off this Thursday morning at 8 a.m. in the House Transportation committee.  While eyes have been peeled to see how the House would react to the recent passage of SB 5/SJR 5 out of the Texas Senate, Chairman Joe Pickett has chosen a different approach to filling the annual funding gap for our state's infrastructure needs. 


HB 13/ HJR 13  proposes a constitutional amendment to be voted on November 3, 2015 that would dedicate $3 billion of sales and use taxes to the state highway fund beginning in FY 2018.  Bill supporters believe that basing funding on the sales tax, instead of the sales tax on motor vehicles, is a more inclusive approach because all users of transportation are contributing, instead of just those who bought a car that year.  Here are some additional key points to consider.  TAG will join TAoT, Move Texas Forward and others in formally supporting this legislation. 


Tomorrow morning the House Transportation S/C on Long-term Infrastructure Planning convenes at 8 a.m. to review four bills primarily focused on project selection and tolling.  While these bills focus more on process, TAG is closely monitoring them with our regional and state partners as they could have a significant impact on future projects in the Houston region.  They are HB 20 (Simmons), HB 1350  (Burkett), HB1835 (Sanford) and HB 1837 (Sanford).  


High Speed Rail Conference
March 26th
Join the Texas Southern University Department of Transportation Studies for their Spring 2015 Conference entitled "High Speed and Intercity Rail:  Connecting Texas," this Thursday, March 26th.


Click here for the conference agenda


Thursday March 26, 2015 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

There is no cost to attend, but you must register.


Texas Southern University,

3100 Cleburne - Sterling Student Center (3rd Floor)
Houston, TX 77004

  Register Now




TAG Quarterly Membership Meeting March 24th
Join TAG for its quarterly membership meeting on Tuesday, March 24th at 3pm.  We will meet at LJA - 2929 Briarpark Drive Houston, TX 77042.  METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia will join us for an intimate discussion and members will learn more about TAG's recent work and activities.  This meeting is for TAG members and prospective members only. For more information contact Andrea French at andrea.french@taghouston.org 

Click here for a current list of TAG members. 
Stand Up For Transportation - April 9

Please join the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, elected officials, and community leaders on April 9, 2015 as we collectively call attention to the state of our transportation infrastructure in this country.  


Stand Up 4 Transportation Day will be a local day for national education and outreach to the public and our elected officials. Our goal is to raise awareness for the nation's long-term transportation infrastructure funding plight.  Click here for event details


Legislative Events


 Tuesday, April 7

Coffee With Sen. Robert Nichols & Rep. Joe Pickett
Texas Tribune Events


  Conversation begins at 8 a.m.

The Austin Club
110 E. 9th St., Austin, TX 78701 (map) & RSVP 



Friday, April 10

The Next Five Years
Texas Tribune Events


11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Conversation begins at noon.

Austin College - Wright Campus Center - Mabee Hall
1301 E. Brockett St., Sherman, TX (map) & RSVP 



Regional Partner Events


BayTran March Luncheon

Thursday, March 26, 2015   

  Guest Speaker: Roger Guenther

Executive Director
Port of Houston Authority 


Cullen's Upscale American Grille

11500 Space Center Blvd

Houston, TX 77058 

11:30 a.m.- 1p.m.

Click HERE to Register


Questions? President@Baytran.org   

Andrea French, Executive Director 
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