At its June meeting, the Transportation Policy Council approved amendments requested by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) adding 19 regionally-significant projects to the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan.
H-GAC staff reviewed each requested amendment and the public comments to evaluate criteria such as urgency to approve the amendment, risk of impacts on the environment and environmental justice groups, local support, inclusion in a local, subregional, or regional plan or study, and consistency with the overall vision of the RTP. The amendments include projects along segments of SH 288, IH-10, SH 99, IH-610 E, IH-610 S, Beltway 8 North Loop West Hardy toll road to Aldine Westfield, SH 35 in Brazoria County, the IH-45/IH-10 interchange in inner Katy, and sections of Highway 36A.
In other business, the policy council approved the 2021 Public Transportation Agency Performance Measures and Targets. Last year, transit agencies in the region each submitted a Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan to the Federal Transportation Administration. Each agency reported the previous year's performance measures in areas of safety - including the number and rate of fatalities, injuries, safety events, and the mean distance between mechanical failures. They also reported targets for future goals, which for this report, also include Vision Zero targets. A draft report of the performance measures and targets can be viewed here.
Informational items presented to the policy council included development of the 2022-23 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and an upcoming feasibility study with the City of Pearland to assess the growing area's needs regarding public transit. H-GAC will host two virtual public meetings on July 22 regarding the UPWP as well as the Title VI Environmental Justice Program. Residents will be able to review the draft 2022-23 UPWP and Title VI program updates as well as give their input on ways to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, make safer bike paths, boost public transportation, and create a more equitable, inclusive transportation system for all. For more information about the public meetings, visit
The next TPC meeting is scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m., Friday, July 23. The meeting agenda can be view online at To view or listen to the video recording of the latest TPC meeting, click here.