At its meeting on Nov. 20, the Transportation Policy Council approved the updated Ten-year Transportation Plan (also known as the Ten-Year Plan). The Ten-Year Plan outlines funded projects over the next 10 years that will improve transportation, safety, and air quality in the eight-county metropolitan planning area. It is updated annually and must be consistent with the Regional Transportation Plan and the Transportation Improvement Program. Among various key transportation projects planned in the region, the updated plan also includes programming of funding for the North Houston Highway Improvement Project segments 2 and 3. Click here for more information about the updates to the Ten-Year Plan and the full list of projects.
The council approved an amendment to the Transportation Development Credit policy that will establish the Regional Strategic Transportation Fund. This new fund will support lower-cost, high-impact transportation projects that are quick to implement and improve funding flexibility. Focus areas for the fund will include: non-state routes in rural areas; investment in local active transportation projects; localized safety improvements with emphasis on pedestrian safety; and maintenance and preservation of roadways in small-urban, rural, and economically disadvantaged areas.
In advance of a public meeting held on Dec. 3, the council heard presentations on several long-term regional transportation planning and process updates. These updates included proposed amendments to the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan that would add 27 regionally significant projects to help improve air quality and better align transit projects with the MetroNext Plan, updates to the Congestion Management Process, and adding a virtual engagement component to the Public Participation Plan. The public comment period for these updates remains open through Jan. 7, 2021. For information on how to submit a public comment on any of these updates, read our online press release. A recording of the public meeting is available online.
The council also recognized the service of outgoing member Robert Hoskins, Baytown city councilmember representing District 5. Hoskins served on the Transportation Policy Council since 2015. He also served two terms on the Goose Creek Consolidated ISD Board of Trustees, on the Baytown/West Chambers County Economic Development Foundation Board of Directors, and he currently serves on the Baytown Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
To listen to the audio recording of the latest TPC meeting, click HERE. The next TPC meeting is scheduled to take place on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. The meeting agenda will be posted soon.