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Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Conformity Commitments. Shelley Whitworth H-GAC. TCMs. SIP commitment Requirement in SIP for regions designated above moderate nonattainment Purpose is to reduce emissions from transportation sources Each project has an emission estimate

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  • SIP commitment

  • Requirement in SIP for regions designated above moderate nonattainment

  • Purpose is to reduce emissions from transportation sources

  • Each project has an emission estimate

  • Receive priority for timely funding so that commitments can be implemented in a timely manner


  • SIP commitment

  • Can result in on and off road reductions

  • Allow reduction credits for voluntary actions through incentives in areas where mandates are not possible or desirable

  • Mandates a bottom line reduction or commitment

Current h gac managed vmep sip commitments
Current H-GAC Managed VMEP/SIP Commitments

  • Commute Solutions

    • Telework

    • NuRide

    • Regional Vanpool

  • Clean Air Action

  • Clean Cities/Vehicle Program

    SIP commits to reductions of VOCs by 0.8 tpd and NOx by 7.0 tpd through VMEPs (4 tpd are on-road reductions).

Committed vmeps
Committed VMEPs

  • All current VMEP commitments can be found below

  • Total commitments: Total reductions to date:

    • NOx: 1820 tpy - NOx: 1326 tpy

Commute solutions

Provides “one-stop” alternative transportation resources for both commuters and businesses

Provides advice, answers and assistance on commuting options and employee transportation programs

Promotes transit, ridesharing, vanpooling, commuter services and other commuting options

Commute Solutions

Regional vanpool
Regional for both commuters and businessesVanpool

  • The Regional Vanpool Program is one of the largest in the nation

  • As of January 2007:

    • 6,995 persons are riding in the METROVan and miniPOOL programs

    • 4,905,433 VMT reduced monthly

NuRide for both commuters and businesses

  • NuRide is an innovative commuting service that rewards people who share rides via the NuRide website

  • The Houston NuRide market has become the largest in the nation.

  • It has surpassed the state of Virginia, the state of Connecticut , Long Island, NY, and Washington, D.C.

  • As of February 2007:

    • 6249 persons have signed up for the program

    • 391,658 reduced car trips

    • 8,351,214 VMT reduced

    • 5.48 tons of NOx reduced since July 2005

Telework for both commuters and businesses

  • The Houston Telework Program currently tracks 1424 teleworkers with an additional teleworkers coming soon

  • Total of 2,059,816 driving miles saved per year

  • Total reduction of 1.91 tons of NOx and 2.3 tons of VOC annually

Best workplaces for commuters
Best Workplaces for both commuters and businessesfor Commuters

  • Employers that provide commuter benefits can apply to be on the list for “Best Workplaces for Commuters”, an EPA program

  • Houston-Galveston has:

    • Reduced over 300 tons of NOx

    • Saved > 12 million gallons of fuel

    • Save $28 million in fuel costs

    • Reduced drive-alone commuting by 266 million miles

  • Houston currently has 114 participating companies including many Fortune 500 members

Clean air action
Clean Air Action for both commuters and businesses

  • Promotes all VMEP SIP commitments through marketing, education and outreach.

  • Additionally, promotes greater participation in:

    • Commute Solutions (Vanpool, Telework, NuRide)

    • Clean Cities

    • Clean Fleets

    • AERCO (Clean School Bus Program)

    • Clean Vehicles Program

Clean cities
Clean Cities for both commuters and businesses

  • Funded under Clean Air Action

  • Compliments the Clean Vehicles program

  • Mission is three-fold

    • Reduce vehicle emissions by promoting new technologies and the use of alternative fuels

    • Reduce dependence on foreign oil

  • Outreach efforts include:

    • Stakeholder meetings

    • Quarterly newsletter

    • Educational website

    • Advancing the Choice event

TERP for both commuters and businesses

  • SIP commitment

  • Was created to provide grants and other incentives

  • Administered by the TCEQ

  • To reach the Texas SIP goals, the TERP grant program will have to be successful.


Questions for both commuters and businesses