Dear BayTran Stakeholders,

Happy New Year!! 2016 is off to a great start for BayTran.  I started off the New Year, along with several of the BayTran board members, by attending the 11th Annual Texas Transportation Forum in Austin. The Forum is a wonderful gathering of transportation professionals, elected officials and community leaders from across the state where we have an opportunity visit and discuss key transportation issues impacting Texas.  Texas Transportation Commission Chairman Tryon Lewis kicked off the conference with the "State of TxDOT” address, followed by an introduction and conversation with the new TxDOT Executive Director, James Bass.  TxDOT is gearing up to make major transportation improvements across the State. They are working on all fronts to plan improvement projects, confirm funding for projects, and construct shovel ready projects.  Some of my favorite sessions at the forum were the discussions and presentations on new technology, and the future of urban and freight mobility. It won’t be long before we start seeing driverless cars on our roadways.

Earlier this month, BayTran hosted the first luncheon of the year with guest speaker Jim Yarbrough, Mayor of the City of Galveston.  Mayor Yarbrough addressed a capacity crowd and spoke of the many exciting developments taking place in Galveston.  Mayor Yarbrough announced the upcoming opening of the new transportation terminal, the renovation and restoration of the 61st Street Washington Park, sidewalk improvements and other amenities along Seawall Boulevard, and the Trolley system is scheduled to begin running again later this year.  On Broadway, many new palm trees and oleanders have been replanted, and beautification efforts are taking place all over the City to make Galveston a "true island paradise”.  Thank you, Mayor Yarbrough, for providing us with this timely and informative update.

A highlight of the month for BayTran was receiving a Proclamation from the City of Houston proclaiming January 26, 2016, as Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership Day in honor of the organization’s 25th anniversary. Houston City Council Member Dave Martin (District E) presented the proclamation to the Houston City Council and Mayor Sylvester Turner signed the proclamation.  BayTran truly appreciates this honor and looks forward to our continued partnership with the City of Houston in addressing transportation, mobility, and infrastructure improvements in the region.

Please join us at our next monthly luncheon. Our guest speaker will be Mr. Quincy Allen, District Engineer, Houston District, Texas Department of Transportation.  Mr. Allen will tell us about the impact Proposition 7 is having on the District and provide an update on area projects.



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