Community

US 59/IH 69 Corridor Congestion Mitigation Study Public Meetings

On September 10, H-GAC held two open houses seeking input from the public about the Southwest Freeway. Approximately 300,000 vehicles utilize the corridor daily. Congestion on the 14 mile study area (I-45 – Beltway 8) costs motorists $180 Million per year. The segment from the 610 Loop to downtown ranks third of the state’s most…

South Montgomery County Mobility Plan – Public Meeting

H-GAC presented the draft South County Mobility Plan at a public meeting on September 25, 2014. The year-long study identified short- and long-term programs of proposed projects designed to address the mobility issues in South Montgomery County. Approximately 120 people, including interested citizens, business owners, elected officials and community leaders from throughout the county attended…

Mobility NOW TV series – 2040 RTP

In the latest episode of Mobility NOW, Alan Clark is joined by Stephen Costello, Houston City Council member and Isaac Ramirez, Chief Transportation Planner for an overview of the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The 2040 RTP is the “blueprint” for the eight-county region’s transportation system to the year 2040. It identifies goals, strategies and…

2014 Clean Air Action “Best in Motion” Leadership Awards Event

On September 11, H-GAC recognized thirty-three new Clean Air Champions for Commuters and Fleet at its 2014 Clean Air Action “Best in Motion” Leadership Awards Program. H-GAC also presented six Commute Solutions Awards and four Air Quality Leadership Awards to companies and local governments. Two organizations received high honors: Cousins Properties, Inc. received the 2014…

United Way Transportation Initiatives

United Way of Greater Houston leverages local matching funds to access federal dollars for nontraditional Houston area public transportation services. According to the 2012 United Way Community Assessment: About 30 percent of senior caregivers provide transportation services for the senior. About 20 percent of service providers and nonprofit advocates surveyed said transportation was an unmet…

Broadway construction begins

The major overhaul and reconstruction of Broadway, one of the Hobby Area Management District’s main corridors, began in early June. The $17 million project involves improvements to Broadway from Interstate 45 to William P. Hobby Airport. The project, managed by the City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department, includes new traffic lights at Dixie…

National Prescription Take-Back Day

To help the public properly dispose of unused or expired medication, the Drug Enforcement Administration is partnering with the Mayor’s Office and the Houston Police Department (HPD) to host the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. All tablets, capsules and solid dosage forms will be collected (intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted). This…

Plan for College and Career with The Graduation Game Plan

Middle and High School Students are invited to work with a Graduation Game Plan mentor at one of many Houston Public Library branches in order to: Figure out a plan for graduating high school Prepare for college and a future career Know what workforce skills employers are looking for Ready to Build your own Game…

Neighborhood Matching Grant Program

This past budget cycle (ending June 30, 2014), City Council approved a $50,000 budget amendment to re-establish the City of Houston Neighborhood Matching Grant Program. The Neighborhood Matching Grant Program helps neighborhoods fund various beautification and improvement projects by providing a dollar-for-dollar matching grant reimbursement ranging from $500 to $3,000. The program is designed to…

Going Global and Beyond

Houston-Galveston Area Council hosted an interesting Brown Bag Lunch presentation focused on the future of the Houston Airport System on September 15, 2014. The speaker was Jarrett Simmons, Assistant Director of Planning for Houston Airport System. The video and Powerpoint can be viewed by clicking on the links below.