At-Large Position 4

High Capacity Transit Task Force


METRO is coming back to the public to share the draft long-range transportation plan designed with resident input. Join us at a public meeting and share your thoughts! The meeting dates and locations can be found here: http://www.metronext.org/pdfs/2019_meeting_notices.pdf

January 15, 2019 -- Please join us for 2 critical meetings on Jan. 25 and on Feb. 22 impacting the future of mobility in our 8 county region, in light of the anticipated growth in our region.

The anticipated population growth in the Houston-Galveston region from 2015 to 2045 is expected increase by 4.2 million people, according to the Houston-Galveston Area Council. That means our population will spike from 6.54 million people (2015) to 10.76 million people by 2045. Accordingly, the Houston region needs to urgently address how to move as many people as efficiently as possible.

The community must come to the table and have a say in transit. High capacity transit connects people to different destinations important in their lives and it’s important for all stakeholders, residents included, to have a voice.

The High Capacity Transit Task Force provides the Transit Policy Council (TPC), the MPO entity charged with the responsibility of recommending and approving regional transportation projects, an opportunity to deeply analyze the economic impact of transit on our region, and to provide for better coordination with regional authorities and organizations, as well as with our local elected officials. The High Capacity Transit Task Force (HCT Task Force) is examining various transit service concepts, the economic impact of the high capacity transit of our region and the options available to fund high capacity transit in our region. The HCT Task Force will also make a recommendation to the TPC of the 2045 Regional Mobility Plan to be submitted to the federal government. The METRO Next Plan has also been presented and the High Capacity Transit Task Force vision has taken it into consideration. In sum, the HCT Task Force will (1) identify a transit vision for 2045 based on travel demand and other considerations, (2) identify costs of these options and revenue sources, and (3) explain the economic impact for these options in an effort to formulate the 2045 RTP and a vision for the future of mobility in the eight county Houston-Galveston region.

Two important meetings where the HCT Task Force vision will be considered are listed below. Please attend these meetings to make your voice heard and learn about the plans for the region.

  • Jan. 25, 11 a.m. at 3555 Timmons Lane, 2nd floor, Room B: HCT Task Force workgroups will present proposed findings on economic impact, service concept, and funding and governance to HCT immediately after the January TPC meeting. Time will be allotted for public comment. The TPC meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. if you’d like to join that meeting for public comment, as well.
  • Feb. 22, 9:30 a.m. at 3555 Timmons Lane, 2nd floor, Room B: HCT recommendations will be presented to TPC at the February TPC meeting. Time will be allotted for public comment.

If you have questions or comments regarding transit or about the impending high capacity transit meetings, please contact our office at 832-393-3012. Thank you for your civic engagement.


May 1, 2017 -- On Friday, April 28, the newly-created High Capacity Transit Task Force ("HCT Task Force") convened its first meeting to begin a deep-dive into the need and opportunity for more high capacity transit for the Houston-Galveston region. Created, in large part, because of the region's growing need for more multi-modal transit options, the HCT Task Force is led by Chambers County Commissioner A.R. "Rusty" Senac, Chair; Houston City Council Member Amanda Edwards, Co-Vice Chair; and METRO Board Chair Carrin Patman, Co-Vice Chair.

Background
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Transportation Policy Council (TPC) serves as the Houston-Galveston region's metropolitan planning organization (MPO), and provides policy guidance and coordination of the transportation planning activities for the region. The TPC is comprised of local elected officials from across the region. As part of its responsibilities, the TPC adopts a 10-year Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) that envisions structural and capacity improvements to many of the region's thoroughfares, freeways, and toll roads.

The current RTP does not contain enough broad, long-term consideration of high capacity transit as an enduring solution to current and future congestion issues in the Houston-Galveston region. The HCT Task Force will provide the Transportation Policy Council with more in-depth analysis of the use of high capacity transit to address regional mobility needs.

Task Force Charge
Building on planning work performed by H-GAC, METRO, the Gulf Coast Rail District, and other transit organizations, the HCT Task Force is charged with addressing the following questions:

  1. How important is high capacity transit to our region's future?
  2. What would be/is the economic impact of high capacity transit to our region?
  3. What travel corridors will benefit most from new high capacity transit services?
  4. How can we fund, develop, and sustain those services?

The HCT Task Force will summarize its findings and recommendations regarding high capacity transit in a late summer report to the TPC for consideration in the development of the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan. Additionally, the Task Force will coordinate with regional transit authorities on ongoing long-range planning efforts and funding opportunities.

"The High Capacity Transit Task Force provides the TPC an opportunity to deeply analyze the economic impact of transit on our region, and to provide for better coordination with regional authorities and organizations, as well as with our local elected officials. The ability to address our growing transit needs is vital to our region reaching its potential to thrive," says Council Member Edwards.

For more information on the High Capacity Transit Task Force and its activities, visit the HCT website.