Houston-Galveston Area Council
Thursday, August 06, 2009
H-GAC HOSTS TIP PUBLIC MEETING
on new Conformity Finding and ARRA-Funded Transit Projects
Comment Period runs through August 22
WHO: The Houston-Galveston Area Council and Texas Department of Transportation
WHAT: TIP Public Meeting and Comment Period on Transportation Conformity and Transit Projects
WHEN: Thursday, August 13, 2009, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
WHERE: H-GAC offices, 3555 Timmons Lane (77027), 2nd Floor Room A
WHY: This conformity analysis and public process are necessary to update the current Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).
-- New air quality conformity finding for revisions to the 2008-2011 TIP and the 2035 RTP. Since the last conformity approval, some projects already included in the transportation plan have changed in scope and/or timing, and updates to the travel demand model analysis have been made. Some changes were significant enough to warrant a new conformity determination for the current RTP and TIP. To view the draft document, visit
-- FY 2009 Section 5307 Program of Projects (POP) for transit providers in the Houston, Lake Jackson/ Angleton, The Woodlands, Texas City/ LaMarque, and Galveston Urbanized Areas. To view the 5307 Urbanized Area (UZA) Apportionments Table, visit www.h-gac.com/taq/public_info/documents/FY%202009%205307%20Apportionments.pdf
Area transit providers are the Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) of Harris County, Harris County Community Services Department (CSD), Fort Bend County Transit Authority, Connect Transit, Island Transit, and The District.
-- METRO has applied for a Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) grant made available to transit agencies in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), www.fta.dot.gov/index_9440_9326.html. As part of its grant application process, METRO has requested a 2008-2011 TIP amendment that includes:
- $8,456,700: Design and installation of a one megawatt distributed solar array at the Kashmere Bus Operating Facility
- $4,209,561: Purchase and installation of an electric fan system on 263 buses
COMMENTS: The public is encouraged to attend the meeting and provide comments. The public comment period runs through August 22, 2009 at 5 p.m. Submit written comments online at PublicComments@h-gac.com, fax to (713) 993-4508, or mail to Transportation Public Information, Houston-Galveston Area Council, P.O. Box 22777, Houston, Texas 77227-2777.
Visit www.h-gac.com/transportation to make comments and view the draft conformity document. For questions, contact Graciela Lubertino, Graciela.Lubertino@h-gac.com or 713-993-4582.
BACKGROUND: Federal Transit Administration (www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants/grants_financing_3561.html)
Large Urban Cities: The 5307 Program (49 U.S.C. 5307) makes Federal resources available to urbanized areas and to Governors for transit capital and operating assistance in urbanized areas and for transportation-related planning. An urbanized area is an incorporated area with a population of 50,000 or more that is designated as such by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.
Eligible purposes for 5307 projects include planning, engineering design and evaluation of transit projects and other technical transportation-related studies; capital investments in bus and bus-related activities such as replacement of buses, overhaul of buses, rebuilding of buses, crime prevention and security equipment and construction of maintenance and passenger facilities; and capital investments in new and existing fixed guideway systems including rolling stock, overhaul and rebuilding of vehicles, track, signals, communications, and computer hardware and software. All preventive maintenance and some Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit service costs are considered capital costs.