The Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Transportation Policy Council (TPC) will have the opportunity to recommend projects to the Texas Transportation Commission to allocate around $400 million in state and federal funds that can be used during 2013, part of $2 billion statewide that TXDOT is to allocate in cooperation with the major MPOs of Texas, according to H-GAC (pdf).
Houston Tomorrow is working to determine what these funds could be spent on, in terms of a reasonable allocation between all modes of transportation spending: transit, walk, bike, auto, livability, and freight. The TPC meeting will be Friday, March 23, 2012, at the H-GAC Building, 3555 Timmons, 2nd Floor meeting rooms. The public is always welcome at such meetings at H-GAC and there is time allocated for public comment at the beginning of the meeting.
[Note: at the March 14 Technical Advisory Committee meeting, H-GAC transportation director Alan Clark said that amount would be close to $470 million. He also said it was coming from multiple sources and it is not known at this time how much comes from where. He said he was “confident” that the TPC would not be asked to approve a list of projects at its March 23 meeting as formerly announced. Several questions arose about using some of the money for the University light rail line and for Livable Centers projects to support bicyclists and pedestrians. No answer are available at this time. Houston Tomorrow is asking City of Houston TPC members to support using $100 million to jumpstart the University line, which he called a critical piece of the regional effort to provide transit service to more and more communities.]
Five strategies to facilitate the paradigm shift in transportation
Stop investing in roads to build new neighborhoods that cause other neighborhoods to flood
Houston's mean streets: Our city's road design is killing people