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Houston-Galveston Area Council
News Release
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

H-GAC Hosts “The Power of Transit 2016” Symposium
Dialogue focuses on solutions to regional public transportation

HOUSTON  – Today the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) hosted a symposium that gathered transit providers, experts and policy makers to discuss coordination of public transportation in a region that encompasses the thirteen county H-GAC Planning Region including: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

“The Power of Transit 2016” covered a broad spectrum of topics including local funding sources for transit, technology solutions and provider coordination in servicing seniors, veterans, students, low-income groups and people with disabilities.

Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta, who chairs H-GAC’s Transportation Policy Council, highlighted success stories in bringing transit to small and medium size communities. Disability policy expert Lex Frieden presented current efforts by Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) to remain in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Panelist Linda Cherrington, head of the Transit Mobility Program at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, pointed at current gaps and challenges to a seamless operation of transit providers’ region wide.

“Traffic congestion is the number one problem of our region,” Judge Sebesta said, “offering a more coordinated transit system to residents is crucial to maintain productivity and quality of life now and in the future,” he added.

“The Power of Transit” symposium included participation of over fifty attendees and was accessible live via streaming throughout the thirteen county H-GAC Planning Region.

H-GAC is currently developing the Regionally Coordinated Transportation Plan Update, a document that offers solutions for access and connectivity to the regional public transportation system in the years to come.

For more information about H-GAC’s Regionally Coordinated Transportation Plan Update visit, and to submit comments click on the Suggestion Box. Comments from the public are also welcome via telephone calling toll free at 1-855-363-2516, or mailed to Transportation Public Information, Houston-Galveston Area Council, P.O. Box 22777, Houston, TX 77227-2777.

About Houston-Galveston Area Council
The Houston-Galveston Area Council is a voluntary association of local governments and elected officials from the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region – an area of 12,500 square miles with more than 6 million people. H-GAC is designated by the State of Texas as the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization for transportation planning for Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties.

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