Board of Directors Regular Meeting Agenda


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Meeting Date: 04/18/2019  

SUBJECT MATTER:
Receive, consider and act upon an overview of the pricing and funding structure of the Township’s current transportation programs (as requested by Director McMullan);
FISCAL IMPACT:
BACKGROUND:
Director McMullan has requested an agenda item to review and discuss the pricing and funding structure for the Township’s current transportation programs. 

Town Center Trolleys
The Township currently provides Town Center Trolleys and this service is provided at no cost to riders. The service is funded through a combination of grants, Township appropriations and funding from hotel occupancy tax proceeds. 

The Woodlands Express/Park and Ride Service
The Township provides park and ride services to destinations in downtown Houston, including the Medical Center for a roundtrip fare of $13. The Township’s general philosophy for park and ride operations is that the service should be funded with federal, state and user fees without the use of local tax dollars due to the high percentage of non-residents who utilize the service.

The Woodlands Express Rodeo Service (pilot program)
In 2019, the Township Board approved implementation of a pilot program for express/park and ride service to The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The roundtrip fare for this service was $13. The Township Board funded the Rodeo Express pilot program utilizing user fees and Township appropriations. 

Pilot Programs (generally)
For new programs, pilot programs (such as the West Houston Energy Corridor pilot program and Springwoods pilot program contemplated in separate agenda items),  and most program changes, the Township may be  eligible to receive grant funds, but there is very limited flexibility in securing local match funding from other available sources. An addition to transportation service that requires a local match would typically have to be funded through direct Township appropriations or through funding secured from private organizations such as businesses. 

Additional detail for this agenda item will be presented at the meeting. 

 
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Board to determine action.
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