Frequently Asked Questions

With transportation and planning officials using numerous acronyms and frequently referring to technical terms, transportation planning can be confusing. To help answer questions that often arise, we have compiled the following list of FAQs to help you understand more about the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) process. Should you have additional questions, please send us an email!

H-GAC is an association of local governments and elected officials in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region. H-GAC serves the public with transportation planning, community and environmental planning, workforce development, and public services. H-GAC also serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller Counties.

The 2045 RTP is the region's long-range transportation plan prioritizing transportation projects in the eight-county Houston-Galveston region. Over the next few months, H-GAC will initiate conversations about our region's mobility needs and will actively engage the public for feedback about what our community envisions for the future.

How you get your children to school, shop for groceries, commute to work or pick up your prescription is an every-day decision that affects your daily life. H-GAC projects that nearly 11 million people will be living in our eight-county region by 2045. How will we manage congestion and improve traffic safety? The RTP highlights efforts to safely and efficiently improve your transportation system while conserving our environment.

The primary goals for the 2045 RTP are to improve safety, move people and goods across our region efficiently, achieve a state of good repair, strengthen regional economic competitiveness and protect our natural and cultural resources.

The RTP is developed by H-GAC, our area’s federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization, along with the region’s transportation agencies and local governments. Transportation projects seeking federal funding must be included in the RTP, along with projects that might impact air quality. H-GAC conducts ongoing activities related to RTP development, and continuous public and regional stakeholder outreach is also a crucial component.

If you live or work in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery or Waller Counties, the 2045 RTP impacts you. H-GAC provides a forum for coordinated transportation planning within the eight-county Texas gulf coast region that experiences nearly 180 million vehicle miles of travel daily.

The 2045 RTP will address all surface transportation modes including roadways, bicycle and pedestrian, public transit, intercity bus and freight.

Fast forward to 2045. What should your multimodal transportation system look like? We want to hear your ideas, and we welcome you to become a part of the transportation planning process. Get involved today by leaving a comment or attending a public meeting.

The next round of 2045 RTP public meetings will begin in 2019. We will make people aware of meeting details by sending out email and publishing information on our website. Join the Region View mailing list today for regular updates.

The 2018 Call for Projects commits federal and state funds allocated to the Houston-Galveston region to implement highway, freight, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects. Approximately $920 million of flexible funding including the local match is available for programming in the next 10 years (FY 2019 – FY 2028). The Call for Projects online application process is from Sep. 4 through Oct. 31, 2018.