2045 Regional Transportation Plan

Moving Our Region into Tomorrow

What's Next

H-GAC received a total of 194 proposed projects from various sponsors within the eight-county Transportation Management Area seeking federal funding through the “2018 Call for Projects” application process which closed on Oct. 31. Approximately $920 million of flexible funding including the federal, state, and local match is authorized for programming in the next 10 years (FY 2019 – FY 2028).

The proposed highway, freight, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects requesting federal funding will be evaluated, ranked, prioritized and released for public review and comment by end of Jan. 2019. After the public review process, the Transportation Policy Council will make the final selection of projects for federal funding commitment. The selected projects will be programmed in the 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), 10-year Plan, and the Draft 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). H-GAC will seek public review and comment on the Draft 2045 RTP in early spring before it is finalized and adopted by the TPC in April 2019.

Population Growth

In the past few decades, the Houston-Galveston Region has surpassed the rest of nation in growth and development. The region consists of 8 counties (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller Counties) that are part of the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Transportation Management Area. Currently, the region is home to more than 6.5 million people and 2.9 million jobs, and covers more than 8,700 square miles. Today, it remains its fast-pace growth and is rapidly becoming one of the nation’s most popular destinations.

From 1990 to 2015, the Houston-Galveston region grew by 2.6 million people, bringing the population to 6.3 million people. This represents an increase of 69%. The net population growth and population growth rate of the region are in the top five among peer regions. In the past decade, the region grew by 1.49 million people, ranking first among all peer regions.

Employment Growth

In 2015, there were approximately 3 million jobs in the Houston-Galveston region, ranking eighth among all metropolitan areas in the US. From 1990 to 2015, the region gained more than 1.2 million new jobs, second only to Dallas-Fort Worth (1.4 million jobs). Other metropolitan areas adding more than 1 million jobs in this time frame were New York (1.2 million), Los Angeles (1.1 million), and Atlanta (1 million). The number of jobs in the Houston-Galveston region increased by 72% between 1990 and 2015. The rate of growth ranks fourth, behind Austin, Phoenix, and San Antonio metropolitan areas.

How to Get Involved

A successful metropolitan planning process demands wide-ranging participation of an MPO’s diverse publics and stakeholders. H-GAC regularly engages in conversation about our region’s mobility needs with the public and stakeholders for essential comment and feedback necessary for transportation planning efforts.

Your voice matters. We want to hear your thoughts and opinions, and we welcome you to join the conversation by attending public meetings or exploring the website.

If you are interested in additional information, or if you would like to request a presentation to your business or organization, click the link below to contact us.

Why is the 2045 RTP Important to You?

Vehicles travel nearly 180 million miles per day in the eight-county Houston-Galveston region. Residents travel to and from work daily. We take our children to school, visit family members across town, shop for groceries, clothing, and for other goods and services. The economy and general well-being of individuals in the Gulf Coast region of Texas rely on the ability to safely and resourcefully travel throughout our diverse area.

The 2045 Regional Transportation Plan is a long-range plan that prioritizes spending on regional transportation projects, including short and long-range strategies to ensure our transportation network is safe and efficient. With an ever-present focus on safety, efficiency and reliability, the RTP highlights efforts to reduce traffic congestion and vehicle crashes, concentrates on asset management and operations, supports regional economic development opportunities, and maintains emphasis on transportation’s impact on environment.

About the 2045 RTP

The 2045 RTP for the Houston-Galveston area will set investment priorities for the multimodal transportation system that connects people to places where they live, work, play, and efficiently moves goods from, to and through the region.

Updated every four years in coordination with the state, transit providers, local public agencies, freight interests, public and private community organizations, the RTP will:

  • Assess demographic trends and transportation demand
  • Forecast future demand for regional mobility
  • Estimate available funding
  • Track progress towards system performance targets

What is an MPO?

A Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a local decision-making body that is responsible for overseeing the metropolitan transportation planning process. H-GAC is designated by the State of Texas as the region’s MPO for transportation planning in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller Counties.