H-GAC (Houston-Galveston Area Council)
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:
The public can attend open sessions of the TPC, and may speak at an open mike on the record before each such meeting.