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Jim Guidry Commentaries
Harris County
Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council
by Jim Guidry
Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council on Friday voted to add an ex-officio, non-voting membership to any visiting member of the Texas Legislature.

“The desire of the policy council is to be welcoming to the participation of our state elected officials,” said Alan Clark of the H-GAC.

Members of the TPC discussed the possibility that more than one member of the legislature may show up for a meeting.

“The experience that we’ve had in the past is that we’ve had a relatively infrequent and small number of state elected officials join us for our policy council meetings,” Clark said.  “So the thought was that if we had more than one attend, we would pull up a second chair, so to speak, and set a second plate at the dinner table.”

Clark said if there is a large turnout of elected officials at a future meeting, “then maybe we will have to re-think”.

The TPC approved amendments to the 2011-2014 Transportation Improvement program to supplement funding for four projects: FM 1774, FM 529, FM 865 and SH 99 in Harris County and FM 865 in Brazoria County.

All other agenda items were approved.  All votes were unanimous.

The TPC reviewed “peer to peer” teen driver safety programs sponsored in part by the H-GAC.

“H-GAC has partnered with the Houston Police Department in the development of a documentary geared towards teen drivers about the causes and costs of driving while intoxicated,” said the staff report. “The documentary was to look at the DWI epidemic through the eyes of teens, who would provide first-hand eyewitness accounts of traffic crashes, arrests, trauma center activities, trials and other scenes that pertain to the events surrounding drunk driving."

The TPC members viewed the video at the end of the meeting.





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