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Meeting Date: 02/21/2019  

SUBJECT MATTER:
Receive, consider and act upon an update on the CMAQ Commuter and Transit Services Pilot Program grant award; 
FISCAL IMPACT:
Annual Cost of Service: $1,246,248
Fare Recovery ($422,500)
 
Net Annual Cost (Less Fare Recovery): $823,748
 
Annual CMAQ Grant Funding (80%): $658,999
Annual Local Share (20%): $164,750
 
Three Year Annual Local Share: $494,250
 
To be determined if local share will be provided in partnership with Energy Corridor area organizations.
BACKGROUND:
In October 2018, the Board authorized staff and consultants to prepare a grant application for the H-GAC Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Commuter and Transit Pilot Program for a route to the Energy Corridor(See Attachment A for Executive Summary). The Board also directed staff to seek additional funding from regional partners in the Energy Corridor to serve as the local match.
 
On December 28, 2018, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) sent formal notification that they have selected the Township’s Energy Corridor commuter transit pilot project for grant award. As indication of the high local interest for this service, Township staff began to receive numerous phone calls, social media questions, and emails from both riders and Human Resources departments inquiring as to when service will be available.
 
Township staff continues to seek additional funding from regional partners in the Energy Corridor to serve as the local match.  In January, solicitation letters were sent to leadership staff of Energy Corridor area companies. Township staff also met with Energy Corridor District (ECD) staff to discuss funding partnership options between the organizations. Plans have been made for Township staff to present more information to the ECD Board of Directors at their next meeting on March 8th. A brief ridership survey will also be conducted to provide more information to Energy Corridor District and Energy Corridor-based companies about the level of demand for such a service. Results of the survey should be available early March.
RECOMMENDATION:
Receive and accept the update.  
Attachments
Attachment A - October 2018 Executive Summary


    

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