Houston-Galveston Area Council – An Overview

H-GAC (Houston-Galveston Area Council)
http://www.h-gac.com/home/default.aspx
H-GAC serves as our Federal 13-county MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization)

The agency, H-GAC, is classified as an MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) under federal law, Title 23 of the United State Code.  It acts as an umbrella and performs many functions, most of which stem from 3 topics which are interdependent:
(1) air quality and nonattainment issues;
(2) funding for the area’s transportation projects,
(3) development of a regional transportation plan.

HGAC’s plans are not subject to judicial review (although implementation of the plans is).

H-GAC’s main interface with CTC is H-GAC’s Transportation Policy Council (TPC).  Read about the TPC:
http://www.h-gac.com/taq/commitees/TPC/default.aspx and ask to be added to the TPC list for meeting announcements.

The TPC has an obligation to develop a fiscally constrained plan.

Read here for remarks about a fiscally constrained plan:
Federal Requirements for the Regional Transportation Plan

Read here for H-GAC’s extensive and well developed public participation plan:
hgac2007_Public_Participation_Plan

The public can attend open sessions of the TPC, and may speak at an open mike on the record before each such meeting.

Discussion

3 Responses to “Houston-Galveston Area Council – An Overview”

  1. I’m an avid bicyclist, and I don’t think money should be wasted building bike lanes. Instead, the Police should be handing out tickets to careless and aggressive drivers.I ride my bike, and 999 out of a thousand motorists pass safely, with five to ten feet of room. It’s that one in a thousand who almost sideswipes the bike , that is causing the problem. Some cyclists have equipped themselves with video cameras on their helmets, so they can get some evidence and a tag number when they report these drivers to the Police. That works, but it’s expensive. Maybe the Police could set up a sting operation with a camcorder on a bicycle. Speeding, tailgating, cursing and throwing things at cyclists-all add fuel to the fire. Then when someone suggests that cars should have a tiny, quarter horsepower electric motor and a top speed of twelve MPH, these motorists don’t get the point. The idea isn’t to save gas, it’s to make your car weak and incapable of hurting anyone. If you do want bike lanes, make sure it’s just bike lanes. We don’t need plantings , or trees or bushes or arborvitae’s , the plants create a sight obstruction.

    Posted by Bernard | November 16, 2012, 5:40 am
  2. Vehicle drivers believe, erroneously, that the road is theirs. A cyclist is an intruder that has no rights to the road, in the driver’s eyes. Putting a bike lane on the road first and foremost offers a cyclist a dedicated easement on which to travel. The added bonus is the drivers are given unquestionable proof that cyclists are indeed entitled to a portion of the road. Kids would be more likely to take their place on the street instead of the sidewalk, endangering people and their pets, knowing that they have a place to travel.

    Posted by Oussama | November 16, 2012, 11:07 am
    • I want bike lanes on all Missouri City roads so that not only can I walk my dogs without hivnag to jump the path to avoid inconsiderate cyclist (sideWALK not sideride!) but I will also be able to ride my bike in a designated area that vehicular traffic must regard. This is a great opportunity and I hope that it is well attended.

      Posted by Reyzal | December 21, 2012, 1:39 pm

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