At its August meeting, the Transportation Policy Council unanimously approved the 2022-23 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and the Title VI Program. The UPWP is the two-year transportation planning document that includes descriptions of tasks and budget from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 of each fiscal year. It describes the regional transportation plans and programs, including air quality activities, to be carried out with the Houston-Galveston metropolitan planning area. The 2022-23 UPWP has been submitted to the Texas Department of Transportation and is expected to go into effect next month.

H-GAC's Title VI Program fully documents compliance with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Title VI regulations. Key updates to the H-GAC Title VI Program include a nondiscrimination policy statement; notice to the public of their rights under the Title VI statute; a Public Participation Plan; a plan to accommodate persons with limited English communication skills; an updated demographic profile of the region; a description of Environmental Justice provisions; measures to assess regional equity in the impact of transportation; and procedures for the submission and resolution of Title VI complaints. More information about the Title VI Program is available at
Additionally, the council received an update regarding a memorandum of understanding with area transit agencies that will bring the region one step closer to a more seamless public transit system. The Regional Transit Connectivity Project aims to ensure a seamless experience for public transit riders. Several components of the project are in development including a regional fare system, a data management system, a regional trip planner app, and related General Transit Feed Specifications (GTFS). The memorandum of understanding between H-GAC and the region's transit providers will outline roles, guidelines, and expected outcomes. H-GAC staff is currently working with area transit agencies to develop and publish the GTFS feeds and to prepare information for other applications (Google Maps, Apple Maps, ConnectSmart, the regional TripPlanner). 
Towards the end of the meeting, the council received informational updates about ongoing transportation planning activities and recognized September as Commute Solutions Month. Throughout September, Commute Solutions is hosting virtual activities recognizing commuters in the region and providing resources about alternate forms of commuting, such as biking, walking, public transportation, carpooling, or vanpooling. To learn more about Commute Solutions Month activities and how to participate, visit
The next TPC meeting is scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 24. The meeting agenda can be viewed online at To view or listen to the video recording of the latest TPC meeting, click here.