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H-GAC Transportation Policy Council
by John David Suayan
Friday, February 27, 2015

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council on Friday recognized Michael W. Alford, district engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation’s Houston District, for his service to the TPC and the surrounding region. Listen (2:39)

Alford served on the TPC representing the TXDOT Houston District from January 2009 until this month.

“The Transportation Policy Council extends to him its gratitude for his service and wishes him continued success in all his future endeavors,” extolled chair and Houston City Council Member Stephen Costello.

The TPC voted unanimously to approve the candidate list of projects for the Fiscal Year 2015 Proposition 1 funding and authorize the Metropolitan Organization Planning Director to amend the 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program. Listen (3:47)

Transportation Program Manager David Wurdlow explained that on November 4, 2014, voters across the state approved the proposition, which permitted TXDOT’s request to appropriate and distribute the $1.74 billion deposited into the State Highway Fund.

“Of that amount, $278 million is directly allocated to the H-GAC and Houston District,” said Wurdlow.

Wurdlow added that the TPC reviewed a candidate list of projects developed by TXDOT Houston and Beaumont Districts at its meeting last month and authorized H-GAC staff to solicit public review and comment on the list.

The TPC voted unanimously to approve a resolution requesting that the 84th Texas Legislature support the full appropriation of future revenue for the Low Income Vehicle Repair, Retrofit, and Accelerated Vehicle Retirement Program, increased eligibility for transportation investments reducing vehicle emissions and elimination of required county local matching funds. Listen (4:51)

Director of Transportation Alan Clark said the program helps low income individuals whose vehicles have failed to pass the state’s emission tests.

“This program is eligible in all of our counties that have the vehicle emissions test,” stated Clark.

During the public comment segment of the meeting, James Hollis, Gulf Coast Center Transportation Director, spoke in support of the transportation development request for the purchase of transit vehicles operating in conjunction with the Kemah Transit Terminal. Listen (3:01)

All other agenda items were approved. Agenda All votes were unanimous. Attendance




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