The Houston-Galveston Area Council’s (H-GAC) 2035 Regional Transportation Plan will have a lasting effect on the quality of life of all the citizens of the Houston region, including the 5 million already here and the 3.5 million expected to arrive over the next thirty years. The intent of this website is to provide an independent source of information and analysis to complement the work that H-GAC is doing to involve the citizens of the region in our transportation planning process.
H-GAC has developed a website at the following address that contains the full RTP and a series of appendices as well as a public comment form and other information.
The best way to begin understanding the RTP is to read the draft RTP Executive Summary that provides the overview of what H-GAC is doing with this plan and how it will affect our future. There also is an easy to read article in the Spring 2007 VISION newsletter published by H-GAC that provides a brief introduction to their vision for the RTP. These and all of the other documents of the RTP are available as pdf’s that you can view with Adobe Acrobat.
H-GAC has made an interesting mapping tool available online to let anyone explore the projects of the RTP by type of project and location. Although the introduction says that this project viewer contains the 2025 RTP data, H-GAC actually switched it to the proposed 2035 RTP data at the beginning of the public comment period. You can use this tool to see what projects are actually occurring in your area or to separate projects between those that will be built in the next four years (TIP projects) and those that are long term plans.
The Citizens’ Transportation Coalition maintains a community forum for discussion of transportation issues. We initiated such a forum specifically for discussion of the 2035 RTP, but it was not heavily used, so it has been deleted.
We also were intrigued to find that no one has set up a page on Wikipedia about Regional Transportation Plans in general or about our plan. So we went ahead and started these two pages. Wikipedia can be edited by anyone and allows for a people driven knowledge base. Our intent is that others will contribute to these two pages. We just wanted to get it started.
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