Traffic Operations Programs

Jeffrey Weatherford, P.E., PTOE, Deputy Director


Congestion Mitigation Air Quality | Neighborhood Traffic Managment Program 
  Quiet Zones | Railroad Safety | School Coordination

Street LightingTraffic Signal Performance Improvement Program

Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) Program

Administered by the ITS Operations & Miscellaneous Section at TranStar and overseen by Supervising Engineer Mike Wahl, CMAQ is a federally funded program stemming from the 1991 federal transportation bill. CMAQ's most recent enactment provides over $8.6 billion from 2005-2009 to state and local governments for investment in projects that reduce vehicle use or improve traffic flow, thereby mitigating transportation related emissions. TOD will program approximately $15 million in CMAQ funding for multiple projects that improve existing traffic signal operations or establish communications between traffic signals along major corridors throughout the city.

Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP)

The Neighborhood Traffic Management Program is overseen by Senior Staff Analyst Gary Drabek at 611 Walker. NTMP address traffic related problems in residential neighborhoods, including excessive vehicular speed and cut-through traffic. The Neighborhood Traffic Management Program implements "traffic calming" measures, such as speed cushions, traffic circles, median islands, curb extensions, diversion techniques, etc. aimed at enhancing safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Applications for NTMP intervention may be made by one or more residents/ property owners and are reviewed by the Department to determine eligibility. Final plans require City Council approval.  There's a long list of NTMP applications; we  will contact you as soon as we are able to begin working on your application.

For neighborhoods that wish to replace removable traffic islands installed by the NTMP with permanent concrete islands, the City offers the Neighborhood Matching Grant Program (NMGP-Traffic). The program is administered by NTMP staff and pays for half of the cost to construct the concrete islands. Interested neighborhoods can fill out and submit the application below.

Quiet Zones Program

Administered and overseen by Senior Project Manager Katherine Parker, Quiet Zones are designated by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Cities apply for this status after technical review by the operating railroads, the State, and any other affected stakeholders. The program is aimed at mitigating train horn noise in Houston neighborhoods. The program creates guidelines with which to review and consider the implementation of railroad quiet zones. Quiet Zones seeks to enhance/upgrade railroad crossing safety, allowing neighborhood residents to live without the disruption of passing train horns, thus improving the quality of life for those communities adjacent to railroad corridors. So far, there are 9 established Quiet Zones within the City of Houston. At this time there are no available funds for Quiet Zone projects; applicants will be notified of any future call for projects.

Quiet Zones Application

Railroad Safety Program

Administered and overseen by Senior Project Manager Katherine Parker, the upcoming Railroad Safety Program will address the maintenance of signage and pavement markings at more than 740 railroad crossings within the City of Houston. Employees will perform field investigations to determine if maintenance at a particular crossing is necessary. Any issues related to the actual crossing will be reported to the responsible railroad company. The City will recommend a list of crossings annually to the Texas Department of Transportation's Federal Signal Program for improvements.

School Coordination

Administered overseen by Senior Project Manager Katherine Parker, the School Coordination Program manages traffic related issues near school campuses. The Area Programs Section coordinates the maintenance of school zone beacons, signage, and timing. Additionally, they address parking issues and traffic flow during take-up and dismissal times. Council approval is required when adding or removing school zones. To date, Traffic Operations services more than 660 schools in 12 different school districts.

Street Lighting Program

Administered and overseen by Senior Project Manager Patrick Nguyen, the City's Street Lighting Program personnel investigate, review plans, and approve requests for new street lights on public streets within Houston's municipal jurisdiction. TOD shares street lighting responsibilities with CenterPoint Energy. CenterPoint installs and maintains the wood & metal pole lights, while the City pays operating and maintenance expenses.

Survey Request Form to Street Light Request Form

Click Here:to report Street Light Outages

Traffic Signal Performance Improvement Program (TSPIP)

TSPIP is an effort by the City of Houston to minimize travel times and auto emissions through accurate signal timinig and effective signal equipment preformance.  Under TSPIP, signalized intersections along specific corridors are reprogrammed in accordance with current traffic patterns resulting in fewer stops and more efficient mobility.

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