Houston Area Residents Are Asked For Input On The Region’s Transportation Future

The Houston-Galveston Area Council is currently looking for public comment for its long-range plan

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is requesting input from the public as it works on a long term plan that will deal with transportation in major roadways such as the 1-10, popularly known as the Katy Freeway.

The Regional Transportation Plan of the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is looking into the future, to the year 2045, when the Houston area could have a projected 11 million residents. H-GAC Public Outreach Manager Meagan Coughlin said they are seeking ideas on how to address that expected population growth. They are hoping to hear from commuters, cyclists, and transit riders at a series of public meetings.

“We identify certain goals that will help us drive the future and drive the plan,” explained Coughlin. “And some of those examples are improving safety or reducing congestion.”

H-GAC’s Deputy Transportation Director Patrick Mandapaka said they want to hear where the problems are right now in terms of safety and traffic delays.

“There are different tools that we use as transportation planning professionals to take that need and translate that into a project,” added Mandapaka.

H-GAC says it has identified about $75 billion worth of transportation needs over the next couple of decades.

Those public meetings begin next week and they are scheduled for a number of locations around the Houston area.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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