Port Bureau Board of Directors Supports Economic Alliance’s Port Region Mobility Priorities
The Greater Houston Port Bureau’s Board of Directors voted on January 26, 2017, to support the Economic Alliance’s Port Region Mobility Priorities initiative. First presented on January 18, 2017, the list was derived from the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. The Alliance worked with the East Harris County Manufacturers Association, local mayors, Harris County, and the Port of Houston Authority to narrow the list down to 27 projects that have direct and significant impact on the port region.
Despite being the largest port by foreign tonnage in the U.S., Houston’s port region is frequently overlooked for funding. President Trump’s top 50 infrastructure priority list only included two projects in Texas, both commuter rail lines. Over the past several years, Houston has only received about 60% of its contributions to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund back as allocations.
One board member stressed the importance of this list as a signal of consensus from the port users. Having a unified voice on the importance of regional transportation projects may aid the participating organizations’ advocacy efforts to gain approvals, funding, and the scheduling to complete these projects.
The Alliance has already started to reach out to individuals on transportation and freight committees to stress the importance of these projects. If you or your company would like to become involved, contact Chad Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Date February 14, 2017
- Tags February 2017