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Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
H-GAC Transportation Policy Council
by John David Suayan
Monday, May 30, 2016

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council on Friday voted unanimously to approve five amendments to the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan and 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Plan.

These amendments are:

  • The cancellation of projects at IH 610 in the Texas Medical Center and IH 45 N in Montgomery County at the Texas Department of Transportation’s request.
  • The increased funding of the Conroe Park & Ride to cover cost overruns.
  • The modification of Regional Air Quality Program projects.
  • The concurring with the Conroe--The Woodlands UZA’s modified FY2016 FTA Section 5307/5339 program of projects.
  • The modification of two Midtown Management District projects to reflect current costs and priorities.

The policy council voted unanimously to approve amendments to the 2016-2017 Unified Planning Work Program.

The set of amendments will modify budgeted personnel expenses for H-GAC and include one project from 2014-2015 UPWP that needed to be carried over into 2016-2017.

The policy council voted unanimously to recognize outgoing members Gilbert Garcia, former Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County Board of Directors Chair; Tim Paulissen; former League City Mayor; and Orval Rhoads, Waller County Engineer. Listen (4:42)

Garcia and Paulissen were not present to accept their honors.

“(They) have all served us at various lengths of time and have done so honorably,” said TPC Chair and Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta.

The policy council heard a presentation on the Greater Houston Freight Committee given by H-GAC Chief Planner Hans-Michael Ruthe. Listen (6:02)

Ruthe explained that the plan for the committee would help the H-GAC maintain a low-cost regional supply chain.

“We don’t move goods ourselves, but this is our part in perpetuating that profile of trade industry and enjoying and benefiting from it,” he said.

The policy council also listened to presentations on the Highway Performance Monitoring System process and data and the results of a METRO Transit Oriented Development Study.

At the beginning of the meeting, Eulois Cleckley, H-GAC Assistant Director of Transportation Planning, introduced officials of the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously. Agenda Attendance

The next meeting of the Transportation Policy Council is scheduled for June 24 at 9:30 a.m.

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