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2015 H-GAC Transportation Improvement Projects Under Review

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The 2015 Houston-Galveston Area Council TIP Call for Projects deadline closed January 12, 2015, and now there are currently 187 proposed projects on the table seeking funding to address mobility issues in Houston. See an interactive map of of the proposed projects here.

$160 million is available to allocate to projects over the next four years, with an additional $440 million of flexible funds available to be programmed between 2019-2024 for high priority projects. Another $790 million is available between 2015-2024 solely for implementation of roadway projects on the state highway system.

40 of the 187 proposed projects are to create and improve infrastructure for pedestrians, bicyclists and public-transit riders. Other innovative proposals involve integrating real-time technology into our parking and roadway systems.

H-GAC states that the proposals in the TIP Call should advance the vision and goals of the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. The Vision statement of the 2040 RTP states: “In the year 2040, our region will have a multimodal transportation system through coordinated investments that supports a desirable quality of life, enhanced economic vitality and increased safety, access and mobility.” Funding all of the Ped/Bike/Transit projects on the 2015 TIP Call for Projects list and using Smart Growth and Vision Zero strategies to redevelop mobility options to be safe and comfortable for ped/bike/transit users could transform progress toward this vision for Houston.

The Transportation Policy Council will soon make decisions about which projects would best support a multi-modal approach for dealing with our increasing urban population and stressed infrastructure. According to the Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research, most Houstonians believe public transit solves traffic problems better than roads.

Until the allocations are made, you can leave a public comment here to let H-GAC and the TPC know what’s important to you.

You can also go and speak at the upcoming Transportation Policy Council meeting at the Houston-Galveston Area Council, 3555 Timmons Ln., September 25th, 9:30-11:00 am in conference room A. While you’re at it, see the full calendar of events and meetings taking place in September for H-GAC.

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