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H-GAC Transportation Policy Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy H-GAC
Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council on Friday voted unanimously to authorize the council’s Metropolitan Planning Organization Director to submit prepared comments on the “I-45 and More” Draft Environmental Impact Statement to the Texas Department of Transportation.

“I-45 and More” involves evaluation of the I-45 North corridor from near downtown Houston to Beltway 8 North, Beltway 8 North from I-45 North to the Hardy Toll Road, the Hardy Toll Road from I-610 North Loop to Beltway 8 North, I-610 North Loop from I-45 North to the Hardy Toll Road, and portions of I-10 and US 59 near downtown Houston. Item Summary

TxDOT has released a DEIS and has conducted public hearings to present the project. A public comment period is currently open and has been extended through July 27, 2017.

“We want to indicate the very strong, substantial support this body has showed for the project, including the funding you committed to the ten-year plan,” said H-GAC MPO Director Alan Clark. Listen (18:34)

Clark then went over the H-GAC’s comments to the project.

TPC Chair and Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta emphasized the importance of “I-45 and More.”

“This is a large endeavor for TxDOT and an extraordinarily important project for the region,” said Sebesta.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously. The TPC achieved a quorum of 20 members. Attendance Agenda

Houston resident Dominic Mazoch addressed the TPC about his concerns with public transportation in the region. Listen (3:11)

Referring to Pope Francis’s warning against pollution and the pontiff’s decision to ride mass transit during a papal visit to South America, Mazoch told the council to “lead by example.”

“How many people in this room used, walked, used a bicycle, or went two-plus, or used public transit for most of their trip to their work or to here?” asked Mazoch.

He ultimately implored the TPC to use public transportation.

“George Patton, in World War II, led in the front,” said Mazoch.




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