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H-GAC Transportation Policy Council
by John David Suayan
Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council on Friday voted unanimously to approve the revised Transportation Conformity Determination for the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan and 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program. Listen (24:46)

H-GAC is required to ensure that the RTP, the TIP and amendments are consistent with the region’s air quality goals. This determination is referred to as conformity and involves the modeling of emissions produced by vehicles within the 8-county Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Non-attainment Area.

“We need to show that the emissions coming from the transportation plan don’t go above the emission budget,” said Dr. Graciela Lubertino, H-GAC Chief Planner, in a presentation on the item.

The policy council voted unanimously to deny The Woodlands Township’s request for voting membership on the TPC, but to maintain the township's representation on the H-GAC Technical Advisory Committee. Listen (5:21)

Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County President/Chief Executive Officer and TPC Bylaws Committee Chair Thomas A. Lambert said the decline was made on grounds the township is not a local government authority.

“We want to continue to encourage them and recognize them for active participation in the Technical Advisory Committee,” said Lambert.

“But since their structure is really more in line as a management district and not a local government authority, it’s the bylaw committee’s recommendation that membership on the Transportation Policy Council not be approved, but really encourage them and support them to continue their participation in the Technical Advisory Committee.”

Don Morrell, President and General Manager of The Woodlands Township, said the entity operates a successful park and ride service which was recognized by the H-GAC for its clean air efforts.

“The township is committed to the improvement of mobility, transportation and transit services, and we want to be a strong partner of the entities that are part of this metropolitan planning organization,” said Morrell.

The policy council voted unanimously to recognize May as Bike Month.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously. Agenda Attendance

The next meeting of the Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council is scheduled for May 27 at 9:30 a.m.

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