Port Houston and the Harris County TRANSTAR facility
Thursday, March 12th, 2020
TranStar is a unique partnership of representatives from the City of Houston, Harris County, METRO and TxDOT who share resources and exchange information under one roof to keep motorists informed, roadways clear and lives safe in the fourth most populated city in the United States.
Established in 1993, the Houston TranStar brand is globally recognized for managing southeast Texas’ transportation system and functioning as the primary coordination site for state, county and local agencies when responding to incidents and emergencies.
At the core of TranStar operations is the Transportation Control Center, where partner representatives share access to state-of the-art monitoring systems to quickly identify problems, manage responses and provide the public with real-time traffic information for avoiding delays and improving safety.
Houston TranStar, a national leader in freeway incident management, uses state-of-the-art technologies to reduce congestion on major roadways. Monitoring traffic incidents with more than 900 regional Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTVs), staff at the TranStar center dispatch vehicles to remove debris or hazardous materials, communicate with emergency vehicles about the most direct routes to an accident scene, and send tow trucks to stalled vehicles. Dynamic Message Signs (DMS), deployed from Houston TranStar, inform travelers about expected travel times and traffic issues ahead. Synchronized traffic signals, speed sensors, Highway Advisory Radio, ramp meters and other devices also help keep the region’s traffic moving.
TranStar mitigates congestion on area roadways using cutting-edge technologies, assist and consult neighboring jurisdictions with traffic management services and offer guidance to various agencies throughout the country, as well as to send delegations across the globe, on important transportation and emergency management topics.
Departure. Buses for the Port of the Future 2020‘s tour of the TranStar facilitywill depart promptly from the entrance to the University of Houston Student Center, 4455 University Dr, Houston, at 9:00 am in order to arrive at TranStar facility the scheduled 10:00 am tour.
The Port of the Future 2020 Conference invites interested conference participants to tour Port Houston aboard the M/V Sam Houston on Thursday, March 12th.
M/V SM/V Sam Houston has been operating as Port Houston’s public tour vessel since its inaugural voyage on July 30, 1958. This free service offers a leisurely, 90-minute round-trip, educational tour along the Houston Ship Channel. Individuals and groups are invited aboard to learn more about the port and maritime industry.
Embarking from Port Houston’s Sam Houston Landing, visiting sightseers aboard the M/V Sam Houston can enjoy passing views of international cargo vessels and operations at the port’s Turning Basin Terminal. The 95-ft. vessel holds up to 100 passengers and features air-conditioned, lounge seating, as well as standing room outside on the boat’s deck.
Departure. The Port of the Future 2020 Tour will depart promptly from the entrance to the University of Houston Student Center, 4455 University Drive, Houston, at 11:00 am in order to arrive at Sam Houston Landing for the 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm tour.
Requirements. All passengers must have a reservation in advance. Passengers age 18 and older must present a valid, government-issued photo identification before boarding the vessel. All children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No food or beverages may be brought on board the vessel. Soft drinks, water and coffee are provided on board.
Handicapped Accessibility. The vessel is not currently handicapped accessible.