Dear BayTran Stakeholders, 
Tis the season to be jolly, and BayTran is jolly as we head into the holidays after a very exciting and productive year.  During the past year, transportation funding needs were addressed at the local, state, and federal levels.   Harris County residents approved the Harris County bond referendum that included financing for future transportation improvements, Texas voters supported Proposition 7, approving the State Constitutional Amendment that will allocate resources to the State Highway Fund, and Congress passed the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act) providing over $300 billion for five years to address the nation’s aging transportation system. Many regional transportation and infrastructure projects were completed in 2015, including: the opening of METRO’s two new light rail lines serving the southeast quadrant of the City of Houston, major improvements to Pearland Parkway and South Shaver Road, the completion of the Gulf Freeway/El Dorado interchange reconstruction, and the commission of four new Super Post-Panamax STS cranes at the Barbours Cut Container Terminal, just to name a few projects. 
2015 marked BayTran’s 25th anniversary, giving us an opportunity to look back and review our accomplishments over the past 25 years and reassess our mission and direction for the future.  BayTran has been involved in a variety of transportation projects in the region and has worked to inform the community about transportation concerns and to promote needed improvements. We have partnered with area cities and counties, TxDOT, the Port of Houston Authority, METRO, Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), and others toenhance mobility and improve the movement of both people and goods.  We are proud of the advances we have made to help implement transportation, mobility, and air quality improvements in the region.  We look forward to the challenges in the coming years, as we continue our work to promote and advance critical transportation improvements. Looking ahead, some of the key projects we will be working on in 2016 include the SH 146 Highway Widening and Improvement project, the Port Relief/Freight Mobility study, vanpooling and alternative commuting opportunities in the Houston Bay Area, and preparing a legislative agenda for the upcoming 85th legislative session.  I hope you will join BayTran in working to move these programs and many other projects forward. As we close the year, we are also closing a chapter at BayTran.  We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to Jon Branson, Deputy City Manager of the City of Pearland, as his tenure as BayTran Board Chairman comes to an end.  Jon has provided great leadership and guidance to BayTran and has helped direct the organization in addressing key infrastructure issues and in implementing programs, such as Mobility Matters and our partnership in Green Light Houston.  We welcome David Hamilton, Executive Vice President – Binkley & Barfield, as our new Board Chairman and look forward to continuing our efforts to promote transportation, mobility, and air quality improvements in the region.
Finally, we will kick off the New Year with a luncheon on Wednesday, January 20th.  Our guest speaker will be the Honorable Jim Yarbrough, Mayor of the City of Galveston.  Mayor Yarbrough will provide us with an update of the many exciting projects and activities taking place in Galveston.  I hope you will join us.
Happy Holidays – All the best in 2016!


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