At its meeting on Jan. 22, the Transportation Policy Council approved its officer appointments for the 2021-22 term as well as officer and at-large appointments to the Transportation Advisory Committee, the Greater Houston Freight Committee, and the Transportation Safety Committee. Ken Clark, Galveston County commissioner, will serve as chair, and David Robinson, Houston city councilmember, Justin Beckendorff, Waller County Pct. 4 commissioner, and Grady Prestage, Fort Bend County commissioner, will serve respectively as first vice chair, second vice chair, and secretary.

Roger Guenther of Port Houston was approved to serve in the Other Transportation Interests position while Phyllis Saathoff of Port Freeport will serve as his alternate. Ed Emmett, former Harris County judge, and Brian Fielkow, CEO of Jetco Delivery, will serve as co-chairs of the Greater Houston Freight Committee. The full list of 2021 appointees to the TAC at-large positions and to the Transportation Safety Committee is available here. The council also approved the appointment of its non-voting ex-officio members for 2021. Click here to view the full roster of 2021 Transportation Policy Council members and officers.
The council tabled a resolution for the North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP) to a later meeting upon further discussion with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The resolution is meant to articulate the understanding that multiple agencies - including the TPC, Texas Department of Transportation, City of Houston, Harris County, Harris County Flood Control District, and Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) - will work cooperatively in the planning and implementation of the NHHIP. It was developed by a TPC workgroup led by Dr. Carol Lewis, chair of the Gulf Coast Railroad District Board and the chair of the workgroup and Mayor Joe Zimmerman, City of Sugarland as the vice chair.
The council approved amending the Public Participation Plan to include a virtual engagement component that will help increase public outreach through online media and help to bridge the digital divide. Additionally, the council heard updates on Safety Performance Measures and listened to a summary of public comments regarding updates to the Congestion Management Process.
To listen to the audio recording of the latest TPC meeting, click here. The next TPC meeting is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 26. The meeting agenda will be posted at a later date.