The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is working on a Regional Goods Movement Plan to address the mounting challenge of increased freight traffic in the region in the coming years. The plan is expected to be finalized this year. In this plan, “freight” refers mainly to heavy-duty trucks (such as 18-wheelers) and trains.
Attend this Public Meeting to learn more about what is being planned to mitigate community and livability issues generated by more freight movement and provide your input. The following issues will be discussed:
Safety of non-truck road users
Air quality and emissions
Mobility issues such as blocked railroad crossings
Residential and community impacts such as truck parking
Prioritizing project recommendations and resource allocation
What Air Alliance Houston is advocating for:
Equity so that communities historically impacted inequitably by goods movement (i.e., train yards and truck routes) are not continuously harmed.
Reduced emissions through electric, hybrid, and new fuel vehicles, more multi-model transportation options, and infrastructure that promotes less pollution (i.e., freight shuttle, more rail vs. trucks)
Resist more highway lane expansions as the only solution. Other options include off-hours freight movement and truck-only lanes.
Safety of hazardous materials. Houston cannot become ‘the next East Palestine.’ We need thorough plans in place to prevent and respond to a hazardous spill/accident.