H-GAC Transportation Newsletter: April 2020
Transportation Policy Council Meeting: March 27
At its meeting on March 27, the Transportation Policy Council made amendments to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) to provide federal grant funds and transportation development credits for several important transportation projects throughout the Houston-Galveston region. The majority of the projects under consideration are expansions and improvements to public transit centers and programs in northwest Harris County, Fort Bend County, La Porte, and Galveston.

The council also agreed to transfer $480,000 in unused congestion mitigation and air quality improvement funds to the construction of an operations and maintenance facility in Lake Jackson. The funds were originally allocated to a multimodal terminal project in Kemah that was ultimately cancelled. The new Lake Jackson facility would give area buses and transit vehicles a closer, more convenient location to make upgrades and repairs, which would help to reduce the amount of time the vehicles spend on the road and thereby reduce overall congestion.

The council also formally approved modified guidelines on how to prioritize future projects for the RTP. The modified guidelines are based on recommendations from the Project Priority and Policies Workgroup. They specify that special consideration should go to: 1) projects that align with RTP goals such as improving safety, strengthening economic competitiveness, conserving natural resources, and reducing air pollution; 2) projects that align with the public interest, such as multimodal projects with cycling, pedestrian, transit, etc. components, greater investment in infrastructure, community and environmental responsibility, and affordability; and 3) projects that create a more resilient transportation network during severe weather events and other critical threats.

The council also considered nominees for six new voting members and six alternate members to the Transportation Advisory Committee. At its meeting in February, the council approved the addition of six new member and alternate positions to allow for more representation on the committee from across the region. The full list of nominees to the new positions is available HERE .

To listen to the audio recording of the latest TPC meeting, click HERE . The next meeting is scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m., Friday, April 24 via teleconference webinar. Click HERE for more information on how you can join the meeting. Public comments on agenda items may be sent by email to publiccomments@h-gac.com. Comments received by 9 a.m., Friday, April 24, 2020 will be read into the meeting record.
Show Us How You Telework! Enter Commute Solutions' Photo Contest April 27 - May 7 for a Chance to Win a Commuter Prize Package!
Are you working from home? Commute Solutions wants to see how you're making the most of it! Between April 27 and May 7, submit your best photo and caption online to the "Show Us How You Telework" contest, and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a special commuter prize package!

An email with more information and the link to the contest page will be coming real soon!

For more information about teleworking and other sustainable commute options in your community, visit YourCommuteSolution.org.

If you are an employer, university, or property manager, consider becoming a Commute Solutions Partner. Partners receive complimentary travel demand management planning services for carpool and vanpool, walking and biking, public transit, telework, compressed work week, parking management, and more. Visit YourCommuteSolution.org/Partners to learn more.
Coming Soon! New Mobility Links Tool Will Help Residents Find Transportation Service Providers in Their Community
In May this year, H-GAC will launch a new database website to help mobility managers and residents in need of transportation services find free or affordable providers in their communities.

Mobility Links is a user-friendly, one-stop search hub with directory information on hundreds of providers of medical transport, commute assistance, taxi and shuttle services, meals on wheels, and other essential mobility services for residents throughout the 13-county Houston-Galveston region. Mobility Links can be used by anyone in need of transportation services and is especially suited to provide options for the elderly, persons with disabilities, and low-income families.

Results can be broken down by county service area, service type, passenger type, and organization name and include each provider's hours of operation, cost information, contact numbers and emails, scheduling requirements, and more.

More details will be available soon. If you're a new mobility service provider and would like to be added to our list of providers, email RidesCustSvc@csd.hctx.net .
Jamila Owens, H-GAC Travel Demand Management Program Manager, Discusses Telework at Latest Brown Bag Event
Jamila Owens, manager of the H-GAC Travel Demand Management program, provided an in-depth snapshot of the state of telework in our region at our latest Brown Bag event on April 13.

Jamila, who has been a teleworker for most of her career and has 17 years of experience managing geographically dispersed teams, discussed some of the benefits and challenges of implementing and managing a telework program. She also shared some telework best practices for employees and employers. To encourage audience engagement, Jamila took feedback throughout her presentation and answered questions at the end.

A recording of the webinar is available HERE. More information about teleworking is available on the Commute Solutions website, YourCommuteSolution.org. Jamila and the Commute Solutions team can also answer questions about teleworking at commutesolutions@h-gac.com.

Save the date for our next Brown Bag event on June 15! Event details and meeting format are coming soon!
We Want Your Feedback!

As part of our response to COVID-19, we shifted our most recent Brown Bag speaker event to a webinar format. Would you like to see these stay as webinars or would you prefer they be in-person events? Share your thoughts in the poll below.
Should all our future Brown Bag events be webinars?
Yes, I really like the webinar meeting format
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There's Still Time to Take the U.S. Census!
There's still time to take the 2020 U.S. Census online! Census results show where communities need new schools, clinics, roads and other services benefiting families, older adults and children. They help decide federal funding for disaster recovery, mental health services, medical benefits programs, education programs and much more. When you’re counted in the census, you’re helping to build a better community and a stronger Gulf Coast region.  

Complete the census online in less than 10 minutes at 2020census.gov . The census is also available by phone and by mail in more than 13 languages. Say YES to Census 2020, and help us shape the next 10 years for the Gulf Coast region. You deserved to be counted!
Upcoming Meetings

Friday, April 24, 2020 
9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Join via teleconference by calling either toll-free number:
888-788-0099
877-853-5247

Webinar ID: 983 0331 3471
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
9:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Meeting details coming soon.