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Transportation
H-GAC Transportation Policy Council
by Jim Guidry
Monday, October 31, 2011

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council on Friday voted unanimously to approve an amendment to the 2011-2014 Transportation Improvement Program to include the 2010 Call for Projects and Proposition 12 Bond Program Projects.  MP3

H-GAC Manager of Transportation and Air Quality Program's Alan Clark explained that the amendment included candidate projects from the 2011-TIP Call for Projects, as well as projects to be funded from Proposition 12 bond revenues sub-allocated to the MPO and Texas Department of Transportation Houston District.  Resolution   Call for Projects & Prop 12

“We are quite excited about the range and scope of projects being presented to you today,” Clark said.

The TPC voted to accept recommendations for Business Farm-to-Market Road 1960 that were included in an access management study reviewed by Cristin Emshoff of the H-GAC staff. MP3

“One of four access management studies initiated this year, BF 1960 from west of Lee Road in
Houston to east of Humble at FM 1960 is a major traffic artery through the City of Humble,” said the staff report. “Growing traffic congestion on FM 1960, which runs parallel to BF 1960, has increased use of this alternative route which has only two through lanes in almost half the study corridor.” Staff Report

“We’re not approving the report, we’re just accepting it,” said Fort Bend County Commissioner James Patterson, who chairs the TPC.

The board approved a nominating committee for TPC officers in the next year that was recommended by Patterson: Orval Rhoads, Matt Sebesta, Steve Costello, Darrel Morison and Scott Elmer.

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

Baytown Council Member Terry Sain, Conroe Downtown Development Manager Larry Calhoun, Galveston Council Member Dianna Puccetti, Texas City City Engineer Doug Kneupper and Montgomery County Commissioner Craig Doyal were absent and not represented by alternates.  Harris County Judge Ed Emmett was absent but he was represented by Director of Transportation Issues Richard Zientek, his alternate member; Waller County Engineer Orval Rhoads was absent but represented by Commissioner Stan Kitzman  and Gulf Coast Rail District Chair Mark Ellis was absent but represented by Executive Director Maureen Crocker.




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