BayTran extends its condolences to the family of Harris County Commissioner El Franco Lee.  BayTran was saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Commissioner Lee. Commissioner Lee was a good friend to BayTran, and we enjoyed working with him and his staff on transportation and infrastructure related issues.  We congratulate Gene Locke on his appointment to Harris County Commissioner’s Court, and look forward to our continued partnership with Harris County Precinct 1.

On another sad note, BayTran also extends heartfelt condolences to the family and co-workers of Jim Guidry, Owner and Publisher of the Guidry News Service.  Jim Guidry passed away last week following complications from by-pass surgery.  Jim was the consummate news reporter and a true gentleman. For years, with his wife Lynda by his side, Jim provided daily coverage of news and issues that impacted our community.  He reported with honesty and integrity, and provided his subscribers with timely updates and in depth coverage of area activities and events.  We will miss Jim and will continue to value his legacy.

SH 146 Expansion Project is progressing with right-of-way acquisitions scheduled to begin.  Last month, officials with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) informed the City of Seabrook that property appraisals and right-of-way acquisitions on properties and businesses that will be impacted by the expansion of the highway would now begin.  Over the next several months, TxDOT will proceed with the following: review property titles, conduct property appraisals, negotiate with property owners, provide business relocation assistance, commence property demolition, and let the construction contract in Summer 2018.  Construction is expected to begin Fall 2018.  Right-of-way acquisition negotiations between Union Pacific and TxDOT are ongoing.  If you have questions regarding the expansion project, please contact the TxDOT Public Information Office at 713-802-5076 or email HOU-PIOwebmail@txdot.gov

Plans are moving forward on the Houston-to-Dallas High Speed Rail project.  Texas Central Partners announced that the draft environmental report providing a comprehensive analysis of the Houston-to-Dallas line is on pace for release and review this summer.  Design changes are currently underway and if all goes according with current plans, construction could begin in 2017 and the service would be operational in 2021.  The project, which will be privately funded, will have a substantial and long-lasting impact on the state’s economy. It should be noted that the project analysis must still be reviewed, and there are a number of political/regulatory processes that must be completed before construction can begin.  A final determination on where Texas Central Partners can build the line will be made following more study by the Federal Railroad Administration, which must authorize the project.  For more information, visit texascentral.com

BayTran is partnering with the Star Vanpool Program to help promote vanpooling and carpooling in the Houston Bay Area.  The Star Vanpool is the regional facilitator of vanpool and carpool services for the greater Houston metropolitan area.  With the extensive growth in the region and increase in congestion, vanpooling is a low-cost and fun alternative to commuting alone to work.  Star Vanpool’s representative, Danny Silva, is working with Bay Area employers to coordinate opportunities and matches for employee vanpools.  Star Vanpool also plans to work with area residents who are interested in sharing a ride with neighbors whose work place destinations are located in close proximity.  For more information about the Star Vanpool program, please contact Danny Silva at dsilva@starvanpool.com

  

     

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