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Dear Friends of BayTran,

School's out, summer is here!

Time to slow down? Not in the world of transportation. You don't have to drive far to see ongoing and new construction happening on your local roads and highways.

In addition, METRO continues to move toward completion of the El Dorado Park & Ride facility.  
Enjoy a snapshot of regional happenings, as well as a recap of some of BayTran's recent activities. 
18th Annual State of the Counties

On May 17, BayTran hosted the 18th Annual State of the Counties Address featuring Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.

Bob Robinson, BayTran Board; City of Seabrook Council Member Natalie Picha; Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle; BayTran Chairman David Hamilton; BayTran President Theresa Rodriguez; Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark; George DeMontrond; Harris County Judge Ed Emmett; Galveston County Judge Mark Henry; Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta; Brazoria County Commissioner Dude Payne; Melinda Garcia, BayTran Board; Ken Fickes, BayTran Board

Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta
Galveston County Judge Mark Henry
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett

The common theme was growth - specifically the challenges of meeting infrastructure needs of explosive economic, population, and freight growth. A challenge was also issued by Judge Emmett to BayTran and other advocacy groups to have a louder voice in Austin as policies are made in the Legislature.

BayTran Chair David Hamilton; George DeMontrond; Jim Dannenbaum; Shirley Dannenbaum

The event also honored Jim Dannenbaum of Dannenbaum Engineering for his leadership in transportation advocacy. The Charles A. Jacobson Award was presented by BayTran Chairman David Hamilton, and George DeMontrond.

To read more about the State of the Counties, or to hear the remarks, visit Guidry News. Special thanks to Lynda Guidry for her detailed reporting of the event.

85th Legislative Session

It's official. Governor Abbott has called a special session to continue discussion on several unresolved issues from the regular 85th Legislative Session. The special session will commence on July 18, and will address 20 policy areas selected by the Governor. For a list of the issues, see the Texas Tribune article.

BayTran will monitor the special session, and alert our community should any urgent transportation issues arise. In the meantime, here's a snapshot of some of BayTran's activities during the 85th Regular Session.

Green Light Houston delegation on the steps of the TxDOT Dewitt C. Greer building

In February, BayTran partnered with the Transportation Advocacy Group - Houston Region (TAG), and the Highway 36A Coalition to co-host Green Light Houston Day in Austin. Our delegation began the day representing the Houston region at the Texas Transportation Commission meeting, and visited 28 legislators' offices at the Capitol.

Our organizations' coordinated message to legislators included keeping the promise and progress achieved through voter-approved Propositions 1 and 7; keeping all financing tools in the toolbox; and exploring opportunities for new financing options, and innovative infrastructure technologies.

Rep. Ed Thompson in a hearing of the House Transportation Committee

BayTran also offered testimony before the House Transportation Committee against legislation which would have jeopardized the future of the Texas Bullet Train. See BayTran's remarks in this Texas Tribune article.

Passing the Baton on I-45

On June 1, TxDOT celebrated the substantial completion of two I-45 construction projects: Beltway 8 to FM 2351, and FM 2351 to Bay Area Blvd. TxDOT officials, including Commissioner Laura Ryan and Houston District Engineer Quincy Allen led the event. City and county officials from around the region, as well as BayTran were in attendance to celebrate the completed work, and "pass the baton" for the next phase of construction from NASA Road 1 to FM 518.

TxDOT Houston District Engineer Quincy Allen recognizes project staff members

Dawn McDonald, Office of State Rep. Dennis Paul; Karen Coglianese, City of Webster, BayTran Board Member

Mayor Pat Hallisey, League City
Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark; TxDOT Commissioner Laura Ryan

Bay Area Boulevard Repairs

Bay Area Boulevard
You may have noticed ongoing roadwork on Bay Area Blvd. Additional work has started in Houston City Council Member Dave Martin's district. The new project, funded through Council Member Martin's Council District Service Fund, will include panel replacement and curb repairs on Bay Area Boulevard from El Camino Real to University Drive.

Be prepared for temporary delays as alternate lanes will be closed until project completion at the end of Summer 2017. For detailed information, see Council Member Martin's press release on the project.

Brazoria County Expressway

Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta and County Commissioners were on hand for a groundbreaking event for the Brazoria County Expressway on June 6. State Representative Ed Thompson, and State Senator Larry Taylor joined the ceremony, along with other officials from the region. The five-mile project extends from the Brazoria County - Harris County line to County Road 58, adding four toll lanes to the median of Highway 288.

The project is intended to relieve congestion in the 288 Corridor, which Rep. Thompson called "an important artery" into Houston, and an "overlooked" asset. He also touted future economic development potential resulting from the project.

Before We Go...

A reminder to mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Galveston County Transportation Summit on August 31. Keep an eye on your email for registration and sponsorship details.

We thank you for your continued support of BayTran, and we hope you have a happy and safe summer. 

All the best,
Theresa Rodriguez
Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership

BayTran, PO Box 57942, Webster, TX 77598
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