At its October meeting, the Transportation Policy Council approved the members of the TPC Nominating Committee that will recommend next year's candidates for officers and at-large positions on the council and on the Transportation Advisory Committee.

As informational items, the council received updates regarding the next Call for Projects, the Southeast Harris County Subregional Study, and the Regionally Coordinated Transportation Plan. H-GAC staff presented the process for selecting projects considered for investment priority in the next Regional Transportation Plan. It will be divided into three phases: short-range projects that would begin construction or be implemented in fiscal years 2024-2027; medium-range projects that would begin construction or be implemented in fiscal years 2028-2031; and long-range projects that are planned to be built or implemented in years after 2032. The staff is finalizing the Call for Projects selection criteria and hopes to present it to the TPC for action in the early spring of 2022.

The Southeast Harris County Subregional Study is in its final stages and has provided some initial recommendations after the study group's examination of the study area - which includes neighborhoods in Houston, South Houston, Pasadena, Deer Park, and La Porte - and receiving public feedback via surveys and public meetings. Initial recommendations include: roadway safety enhancements, such as pavement markings, lighting, and median upgrades; intersection capacity improvements, such as signal timing and lane configuration; increased mobility options, including shared use paths and public transportation; and accessibility upgrades, including sidewalk ramps and pedestrian crossing signals. The study group hopes to gather additional feedback before the study concludes in May 2022. 

Meanwhile, the Regionally Coordinated Transportation Plan, H-GAC's five-year plan to provide more efficient and effective public transportation services across the entire 13-county region, is undergoing an update for 2022-2026. H-GAC staff discussed the public input they have received so far through outreach efforts, including focus groups held last month. Opinions indicate that residents in the region desire high-quality public transit, but they do not believe they currently have it. Notable barriers the respondents identified included information gaps on how to access public transit, nonexistent or inconvenient service, infrequent or unreliable service, and a lack of adequate transit amenities, such as covered shelters at stops. Based on this feedback, H-GAC staff are developing draft recommendations that will be presented for public comment in early 2022.  
Lastly, the council approved a resolution recognizing the service of outgoing TPC member John Blount. Blount served Harris County for more than 34 years, starting as an inspector and eventually advancing to director of the engineering department. He served on the council as an alternate member since 2020.
The next TPC meeting is scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 19. The meeting agenda can be viewed online at To view or listen to the video recording of the latest TPC meeting, click here.