Transportation Advocacy Group – Houston Region News Release Friday, October 23, 2015 Guidry News
Elected Officials and State Officials Agree, Mobility DOES Matter!
On October 22, over 200 of the Greater Houston region’s transportation thought leaders joined the Transportation Advocacy Group – Houston Region (TAG) and the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership (BayTran) for the 2nd Annual Mobility Matters Symposium. A panel discussion featuring State Senator Sylvia Garcia (District 6), Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle, Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta and City of Seabrook Mayor Glenn Royal envisioned what transportation infrastructure will look like 20 years from now. All of the elected officials on the panel agreed that statewide ballot measure Proposition 7 is a critical tool for meeting Houston’s future transportation needs. Senator Garcia said that the Houston region “must find a funding source sustainable to get us through 2020.” Commissioner Cagle stressed the value in working “together with other entities…to have regional and statewide infrastructure solutions.” Texas Transportation Commission Chairman Tryon Lewis provided the event’s keynote address and discussed the success of 2014’s Proposition 1 that provided $1.7 billion to the State Highway Fund in its first year. Chairman Lewis further emphasized the importance of voting in favor for Proposition 7 this November in order to fund an additional $2.5 billion annually for roads beginning in 2018. According to Lewis “Proposition 7 will be the game changer.”
TAG’s mission is simple – to obtain adequate funding for the region’s transportation infrastructure or secure the authority to fund needed improvements locally. TAG was founded in 2010 to serve the Houston region as a unifying transportation advocacy group and as the voice for better mobility at the local, state and federal levels. Better mobility means building a foundation of sound and unified transportation infrastructure that promotes economic prosperity, growth and an improved quality of life. Curious to find out more about TAG? A direct link to the TAG-Houston region website can be found by clicking here, or follow TAG on Facebook and Twitter.
Established in 1990, BayTran’s mission is to enhance regional mobility by advocating for improved infrastructure and air quality, reducing traffic congestion, and cultivating relationships with communities, business leaders, and elected/appointed officials that result in positive transportation solutions. BayTran is a Transportation Management Organization serving the community for 25 years as the leader in promoting and actively advocating for regional transportation and infrastructure improvements in the greater Houston bay area region. Curious to find out more about BayTran? A direct link to the BayTran website can be found by clicking here, or follow BayTran on Facebook and Twitter. – See more at: http://www.guidrynews.com/story.aspx?id=1000073197#sthash.dCCmHAK0.dpuf