H-GAC to host 5 public meetings for 2045 Regional Transportation Plan

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The Houston-Galveston Area Council plans to host five public meetings on the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan featuring an expert panel discussing the 2018 Call for Projects draft selection, air quality and transportation conformity, performance measures and the 2045 RTP draft plan unveiling, according to a press release.

The 2045 RTP will set investment priorities for the multimodal transportation system by assessing demographic trends and transportation demand, forecast future demand for regional mobility, estimate available funding and track progress toward system preference targets, according to H-GAC information.

The 2018 Call for Projects draft selection, released Jan. 16, includes 193 applications that could be funded with $920 million—including federal funding and state and local matches—through 2028, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. The projects span eight counties: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties.

Public comments weigh into the production of final rankings, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported, and can be submitted online, by mail or by phone through Feb. 28. Comments can also be submitted at one of the five public meetings.

The comment period for the draft plan of the 2045 RTP and transportation conformity opens March 19 and closes April 16, the release said. Those interested in participating in the panel but cannot attend one of the meetings can tune in here and send questions via Facebook and Twitter to @HGACmpo.

For a full draft list of all ranked projects and details, click here. A list of top ranked projects in the draft report in each major category can be found here.

The series of public meetings will take place the following dates, times and locations:

Thursday, Jan. 24

5:30-7 p.m.
Friendswood City Hall
910 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood

Tuesday, Jan. 29

5:30-7 p.m.
Liberty City Hall
1829 Sam Houston St., Liberty

Tuesday, Feb. 5

5:30-7 p.m.
Kingdom City Houston
2100 Eldridge Parkway, Houston

Thursday, Feb. 7

5:30-7 p.m.
Tomball City Hall
401 Market St., Tomball

Tuesday, Feb. 12

5:30-7 p.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council
Second floor, conference room B
3555 Timmons Ln., Houston

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Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the Tomball/Magnolia reporter in September 2018. Prior to CI, Kara served as the editor-in-chief of The Wichitan—Midwestern State University's student-run campus newspaper—and interned with both the Wichita Adult Literacy Council and VeepWorks.
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