Bryan/College Station Demographic Study
The Bryan/College Station MPO (BCSMPO), Brazos Transit District (BTD), and Texas A&M University – Transportation Services (TAMU-TS) is conducting a Demographics and Transit Operations Study to enhance transit service within Brazos County over the next five years. The first task of the project is a Demographic Study that will develop demographic forecasts and projections that will be used to identify potential areas in the region that could support an increase in transit service. The second task is the development of a Transit Development Plan that will provide an assessment of existing conditions, evaluate new service solutions, and make recommendations for improving service. The plan will anticipate the transition of the area to a Transportation Management Area (TMA) and provide a strategy for using additional capital investment and implementing proposed recommendations based on priority.
Roads for Texas Energy
Energy resource development provides employment for thousands of Texans and is a vital source of jobs in economically disadvantaged areas. The energy industry generates sales and hotel tax revenue for local governments and provides severance taxes and other state revenue. At the same time, the development of energy resources places heavy demands on transportation infrastructure, creating challenges for TxDOT and local governments to maintain the state’s highways, roads and bridges.
Most of Texas’ oil and gas exploration and drilling occurs in rural areas, such as the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale regions, where many of the roads and bridges were originally designed for lower traffic volumes.
Energy production requires increased truck traffic that can damage roads and bridges over time and significantly reduce infrastructure service life. These damaged roads and bridges are a hindrance for energy companies and a financial burden for state and local governments. More importantly, they are a safety hazard for motorists.
Transportation Planning Information Exchange – Webinars
Webinars provided by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration with a variety of topics aimed at improving transportation. The FHWA/FTA Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program (TPCB), has established a quarterly webinar series titled the Transportation Planning Information Exchange. These webinars are intended to improve transportation decision-making by providing a convenient program of training, technical assistance, and capacity building for State, local, regional and tribal governments, transit operators, stakeholders, and community leaders
NADO Rural Transportation
National Association of Development Organizations site for rural transportation. The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s regional planning and economic development organizations, including the emerging network of nonmetropolitan regional transportation planning organizations (RTPOs). The association and its members promote regional strategies, partnerships, and solutions to strengthen the economic competitiveness and quality of life across America’s local communities.
On Nov. 4, 2014, Texas voters overwhelmingly approved the ballot measure known as Proposition 1 (Prop 1), authorizing a constitutional amendment for transportation funding. Under the amendment, a portion of oil and gas tax revenues that typically go into the Economic Stabilization Fund will be deposited to the State Highway Fund.
Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition (I-14 Coalition)
The Gulf Coast Strategic Highway System is being pursued to meet the military transportation needs of U.S. Army facilities in Texas and Louisiana and connect them with Strategic Deployment seaports — the Port of Corpus Christi and the Port of Beaumont.
The I-14/Gulf Coast Strategic Highway System will help meet the need to move a growing amount of freight from one region to another and provide improved safety for travelers moving in and out of Central Texas.
This upgraded highway infrastructure will provide economic development opportunities in portions of these states that have not kept up with the economic growth which has occurred elsewhere – and do it in an environmentally acceptable way.
State Highway 249 (Todd Mission to Navasota) Information
Highway 36A Coalition
The Highway 36A Coalition promotes a highway corridor linking Port Freeport to SH 6 north of Hempstead. The Highway 36A Coalition proposes this highway to be a high-speed facility with grade separations allowing unimpeded traffic flow on the main lanes. South of Rosenberg, existing SH 36 ties to Port Freeport with an existing two-lane highway. There is no connecting facility north of Rosenberg.
Texas State Independent Living Council (TxSILC) & Transportation Works
The Texas State Independent Council is a non-profit entity operating as a 501(c)(3) and was founded in 1989. Texas State Independent Living Council is mainly funded through the Administration on Community Living and the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services and is tasked with partnering, developing, and monitoring a comprehensive State Plan that develops goals and funding for Independent Living services in Texas. Other roles of the Texas State Independent Living Council are systems advocacy, education of the public regarding disability-related topics, and establishing a provision of technical assistance concerning the Independent Living philosophy and approach. We are proud to say that we have a dedicated team of people who believe in the Independent Living philosophy.
Transportation Works is a pilot project funded by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) focusing on transportation options for people with disabilities living in rural counties near Abilene, Texas.
TxDOT Local Government Transportation Resources
Resources through TxDOT designed to provide transportation assistance and information within local communities statewide.