At its April meeting, the Transportation Policy Council approved the 2021 update of the Congestion Management Process. The Congestion Management Process, as defined in federal regulation, serves as a systematic and ongoing effort to address traffic congestion in the metropolitan planning area. It identifies problem areas related to congestion and outlines strategies to address them. H-GAC presented the draft update at a public meeting on Dec. 3, 2020, and provided a public comment period from Nov. 23, 2020, to Jan. 7, 2021. A summary of the public comments and the approved Congestion Management Process is available on the H-GAC congestion management website.

The council also adopted a formal framework for future amendments to the Regional Transportation Plan. Before, the process to amend the Regional Transportation Plan was largely dependent on the Transportation Improvement Program amendment process. This framework will provide clear guidelines specific to the Regional Transportation Plan based on the type of amendment and its level of impact. The amendments fall under three main categories: 1) administrative amendments that involve minor modifications that can be approved by the metropolitan planning organization director, 2) Level 1 amendments approved by the TPC that do not impact air quality conformity determination, and 3) Level 2 amendments approved by the TPC that do impact air quality conformity determination. More information about the Regional Transportation Plan amendment framework is available here. H-GAC staff will continue refining details about the Regional Transportation Plan amendment process.

Towards the end of the meeting, the policy council received updates on public feedback regarding three key transportation planning studies happening in Southeast Harris County, Montgomery County Precinct 2, and Liberty County; the results of the COVID-19 Regional Employer Survey; and public comments received regarding amendments to the 2015 Regional Transportation Plan and air quality conformity. It also recognized May as Bike Month. All month long, H-GAC and community partners will be hosting events and activities showcasing the benefits of biking. More information and a full schedule of events and activities are available on the official H-GAC Bike Month page.
The next TPC meeting is scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 21. The meeting agenda can be view online at To view or listen to the video recording of the latest TPC meeting, click here.