At its September meeting, the Transportation Policy Council approved amendments to the 2021-24 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) as well as appointments to the Transportation Advisory Committee and the Transportation Safety Committee.

Additionally, the council received an update regarding the recent launch of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Houston District's ConnectSmart application. The ConnectSmart app aims to reduce congestion and enhance the safety, reliability, and efficiency of Houston's regional transportation system by providing regional travelers a one-stop source for traffic conditions, travel modes, and alternative routes for their trip. Features on the app, which is now available for download on Google Play and the App Store, include an intermodal trip planner with markers for bike routes, parking lots, shared bike stations, and truck route low structure clearance points; transit ticketing and carpool/vanpool portals; driving navigation assistance; roadside dynamic messaging signs and freeway cameras powered by Houston TranStar; and Tow and Go roadside assistance. 
Later, the council heard updates from H-GAC staff about a series of upcoming transportation surveys in 2022 and 2023. H-GAC, TxDOT, and METRO will all conduct surveys to update demographic forecasting, regional travel, and air quality models. Data collected will assist in the planning of the next RTP and TIP as well as travel forecasts, sub-regional and corridor-level studies, and air quality analyses. H-GAC staff also updated the council about the scope and schedule for the next Regional Transportation Plan, the quarterly TIP status report, and other ongoing transportation planning activities.
The next TPC meeting is scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 22. The meeting agenda can be viewed online at To view or listen to the video recording of the latest TPC meeting, click here.