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Houston-Galveston Area Council prepares for 2045 regional transportation plan updates
INVESTMENT BY CORRIDOR The Houston-Galveston Area Council’s 2045 Regional Transportation Plan includes 750 projects in Houston, from hike and bike trails to highway widenings. I-69 corridor Hwy. 290 corridor
With the Houston region estimated to double its population by 2045, the Houston-Galveston Area Council has laid out its plans to accommodate the corresponding growth in transpor- tation needs with its 2045 Regional Transportation Plan Update. As of press time, the H-GAC’s Transportation Policy Council was set to approve and adopt the Regional Transportation Plan Update, or RTP, on April 28 following a public com- ment period. H-GAC updates its RTP, which guides major transportation investments, every four years. “The RTP allows for us to bring down federal and state funds into our eight-county region,” said Anita Hollmann-Matijcio, H-GAC’s regional planning manager, in a news release. “It helps us prioritize and understand what projects should be funded, where we need to fund projects and how to move forward. By planning 20 years out, it allows for us to be prepared to accommodate for future
needs and have the funds to do so.” The agency’s vision for 2045 is “a safe, resilient, equitable and reliable multimodal transportation system that contributes to a livable region,” officials said. The H-GAC’s goals include achiev- ing and maintaining a state of good repair; moving people and goods reliably and efficiently; strengthening regional economic competitiveness; and conserving and protecting natural and cultural resources. The plan addresses transporta- tion concerns gathered from 2022 surveys. Participants prefer to travel safer and not necessarily faster, Hollmann-Matijcio noted. Those inside of Beltway 8 wanted better quality roads and a variety of travel options. Respondents outside of Beltway 8 wanted shorter commutes, reliable travel times, less congestion and better transit options. To see planned projects, visit www.bit.ly/2045rtp.
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I-10 W. corridor Downtown Houston I-45 N. corridor Grand Parkway I-10 E. corridor Beltway 8 Hwy. 288 corridor I-45 S. corridor Loop 610 Hwy. 249 corridor I-69 US 90
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ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF APRIL 19. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT CYFNEWS@COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. Timeline: completed in second quar- ter (Segment 6); completion in third quarter (Segment 5) Funding source: Harris County Precinct 3 Greenhouse Road widening Segment 6 of a Greenhouse Road project in Cypress wrapped up in the second quarter of the year, while Segment 5 is slated for completion in the third quarter. The project entails the construction of the remaining two lanes of the four-lane concrete boule- vard from Cornerstone Arbor Drive to Cypress Creek. Cost: $3.5 million (Segment 5), $1.8 million (Segment 6)
By 2045, the H-GAC anticipates collecting $141 billion in revenue from federal and state allocations and tolls. It recommends $109 billion in transit, operations and intersection improvements.
SOURCE: HOUSTON-GALVESTON AREA COUNCIL/ COMMUNITY IMPACT $0 $3B $6B $9B $12B $15B
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