The Regional Mobility Committee of the West Houston Association (WHA) believes that there is an unmet need for recognizing essential and influential transportation projects that benefit the West Houston region. Recognition plays a crucial role in fostering the ongoing advocacy, funding, development, and execution of exemplary projects, ensuring they remain a priority for decision-makers at all levels within the public and private sectors. WHA, as an advocate, partner, and ally towards efforts to continually improve mobility and transportation for all in West Houston, is uniquely positioned to serve as the entity to review, evaluate, and recognize deserving projects. Other benefits of creating and maintaining a mobility recognition program include:
- Providing an ongoing process and purpose for the Regional Mobility Committee to interface with existing and potential members responsible for the planning, development, and delivery of multimodal transportation projects.
- Enabling WHA participation in projects throughout the entire development life-cycle; currently WHA participation is generally limited to projects in the planning and design phases.
- Offering WHA and its members an opportunity to offer appreciation to the consultants, staff, officials, and key stakeholders associated with project development and delivery.
This process aims to acknowledge projects that provide impactful and holistic societal benefits, specifically targeting the key areas of safety, connectivity, resiliency, economic development, innovation, and community impacts and integration within the region’s multimodal mobility landscape.
- Mobility capital projects, plans, or initiatives will be considered (all hereafter referred to as projects)
- The purpose of this process is to acknowledge various modes and project types, as we understand that advancements to the mobility system can take on diverse forms. WHA is open to receiving submissions that encompass a range of types, including but not limited to:
Surface transportation, Public transportation, Bicycle/pedestrian, Intelligent transportation systems, Mobility management solutions, Freight/Regional Goods Mobility
- Project limits within the boundaries of the WHA service area are preferred but projects outside of the boundaries will be considered if the application adequately identifies positive impacts on the WHA service area.
- Project must be operational or otherwise complete at the time the submission is made.
Each project will be evaluated based on whether it meets or exceeds WHA’s identified key areas:
- Safety: How is the project in alignment with state and regional goals for Vision Zero in mitigating multimodal crash severity and frequency?
- Connectivity and Mobility: How does the project create new linkages or improve existing linkages between community assets and activity centers? This area is inclusive of new and improved connections, enhanced access (ADA, new modes, or otherwise), delay reductions, and travel time reliability for the multimodal mobility system.
- Resiliency: How does the project increase West Houston’s capacity to thrive, adapt, and grow? This area is inclusive of stormwater mitigation, evacuation and emergency service considerations, state of good repair, and efforts related to environmental sustainability.
- Economic Development: How does the project improve West Houston’s economic vitality? This area is inclusive of job attraction, creation, and retention, regional goods movement, and economic value creation/capture.
- Innovation: How does the project push the boundaries of what is considered the status quo as it relates to the key areas? Were there any new technologies or approaches implemented in project planning, development, or delivery?
- Community Impacts and Integration: How did the project inform and engage any potentially impacted communities throughout the life of the project? How did community engagement affect the trajectory and ultimate outcome of the project? What communities benefit from the project and what is the project’s overall reach? How does the project improve quality of life or otherwise benefit residents, businesses, and visitors in West Houston?