H-GAC Transportation Newsletter: March 2020
Transportation Policy Council Meeting: Feb. 28
The Transportation Improvement Program was the main topic of interest at the latest Transportation Policy Council (TPC) meeting on Feb. 28. The council discussed amendments to the 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (also known as TIP) as well as upcoming projects for the Draft 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program .

The council also discussed better outlining the overall goals of the Transportation Improvement Program and better defining projects selected as priority under the program, based on recommendations by the Project Prioritization and Policies Workgroup. Recommendations from the group included prioritizing projects that enhance environmental benefits; increase and improve network access, connectivity, and continuity; and projects that facilitate essential trip making. The Transportation Improvement Program recently held two public meetings to discuss upcoming projects in the 2021-24 plan. The public comment period is open until March 29.

The council also approved an amendment to the Technical Advisory Committee bylaws that will add six new voting member positions. This change will increase the total number of committee members to 44 once implemented and will allow for more representation on the committee from across the region.

The council also issued commendations to outgoing TPC members Karla Cisneros and Martha Castex-Tatum in thanks of their years of service.

To view the livestream archive of the latest TPC meeting, click HERE . The next meeting is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 27 via teleconference. More details on how you can participate in the teleconference will be coming soon.
H-GAC Hosted Transportation Improvement Program Public Meetings on March 5
The Houston-Galveston Area Council held two public meetings on March 5 to discuss upcoming projects in the 2021-2024 segment of the Transportation Improvement Program. Representatives from the agency presented an overview of the infrastructural improvement projects to be implemented over the next four years and opened the floor to public comments. Attendees were also able to review the projects individually and meet with representatives from H-GAC and the Texas Department of Transportation to ask questions.

The projects in the 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program cover several areas of transportation - including transit, bicyclist and pedestrian, highway, and air quality improvements - across the entire Greater Houston region. Among these projects are shared use lanes in the Galleria, a new roundabout intersection on Navigation in East Downtown (EaDo), hiking trails and bikeways in League City, and a new bus fleet maintenance facility in Conroe.

Members of the public can get more information about the Transportation Improvement Program, including the full list of projects, at hgac.com/transportation-improvement-program. The public comment period remains open until March 29. Comments may be submitted online, by mail, or emailed to publiccomments@h-gac.com.
National Census Day is April 1
The 2020 Census is here! Every 10 years, the census counts how many people are in our community to decide how much federal funding and representation we should receive. Households begin receiving census invitations in the mail this month. The nine questions will decide how federal funds are distributed to communities across the nation over the next decade. It will also decide how representation will be distributed based on population.

A complete and accurate census count is critical. 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.  

Responses to the census are completely confidential. As required by law, they cannot be shared with anyone, even other branches of government. Completing the census is easy! Fill yours out in 10 minutes to claim the most for your community. The census can be completed in more than 13 languages online, by phone, or by mail.

Visit 2020census.gov to learn more about the 2020 Census. Say YES to Census 2020, and help us shape the next 10 years for the Gulf Coast region. You deserved to be counted!
Save the Date! The Next Brown Bag Lunch Event Takes Place on April 13
David Hagy
Regional Vice President, External Affairs
Texas Central
The next event in the 2020 Transportation Brown Bag Lunch Series is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. on April 13 featuring David Hagy, regional vice president of external affairs at Texas Central.
 
Texas Central is undertaking the development, design, construction, finance, and operation of a new, innovative high-speed train connecting Houston to Dallas in just 90 minutes, with one stop in the Brazos Valley. The approximately 240-mile line could be completed as early as 2026 and would be the first dedicated high-speed rail line in the United States.

More information about this event, including whether it will be at a physical location or online, will be released soon.

For more information about Texas Central, visit TexasCentral.com. Click HERE to read a bio of David Hagy.
Upcoming Meetings

Teleconference
Friday, March 27, 2020 
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Meeting details coming soon.