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2035 RTP

Regional Transportation Plan

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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.

2035Plan.org

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.

Draft RTP Executive Summary (pdf)

VISION Newsletter - Spring 2007 (pdf)

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.

H-GAC’s Online RTP Project Viewer

Community Discussion

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.

Citizens’ Transportation Coalition Forums

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.

Regional Transportation Plan Wikipedia Page

H-GAC 2035 RTP Wikipedia Page

Links

Citizens’ Transportation Coalition

Greater Houston Partnership Transportation/ Infrastructure Issues

Intermodality: Christof Spieler’s blog entry about Great Streets

Houston Architecture Info Forum RTP thread

Houston Strategies: Tory Gattis’ blog entry on the 2035 RTP

The Baytown Sun: ‘Livable center’ could spark downtown area

CLEAN Houston: Houston 2035: disappearing greenscape, Houston as a Model City: Meeting the challenges of an environmental crisis

Pearland Journal: Pearland takes urban design clue from Europe

Houston Chronicle Articles:

H-GAC presents 2035 transit plan

$5.4 billion is earmarked for Fort Bend transit plans

Residents give input on 2035 regional transportation plan

‘Livable Space’ projects designed for urban growth

KUHF 88.7FM Stories (audio and text):

Regional Transportation Plan Set for Public Scrutiny

Houston Growing into a Polycentric City

Access and Mobility in Houston 2035

Houston 2035

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