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H-GAC Transportation Policy Council
by Jim Guidry
Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council on Friday reviewed proposed amendments to the 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program and 2035 Regional Transportation Plan that will be considered for action at next month’s meeting.

The TPC voted unanimously to accept the US 90A Access Management Study presented by Chief Transportation Planner Stephen Gage, who also presented an analysis of implemented improvements from previous access management studies. Listen (10:49)

“In the last 14 years, H-GAC has commissioned 14 access management studies,” Gage said.  “We wanted to go back and see if we were actually realizing the benefits that are reported in those studies.”

Three studies were reviewed in his report. Report

“We asked our consultants to go back and look at essentially the first three studies that we did,” he said.  “Those were FM 1093, which is Westheimer, FM 1960 and FM 518.”

Those studies were done in 2003 and 2004.

“Average crash frequency and average crash rates are reduced in each of the three study corridors for each consecutive time period,” he said, noting that the study included before, during and after the irmpvoements.

The TPC confirmed the appointment of new non-voting ex-officio members by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, who chairs the council. Listen (1:59)

Previously State Representative Allen Fletcher had served as an ex-officio representing the Texas Legislature.  Emmett reappointed Fletcher and also appointed State Senator Sylvia Garcia as an ex-officio.

Previously  Brenda Mainwaring of Union Pacific Railroad served as the ex-officio representative of freight rail interests and Hugh McCulley of BNSF served as the alternate ex-officio.

“It dawned on me that, what’s the point of doing that?” Emmett said.  “Why don’t we just make both the big Class 1 Railroads ex-officio members?”

All action items on the agenda were approved unanimously.  Attendance  Agenda
(The agenda includes links to staff reports and will include additional audio excerpts)

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