H-GAC PlanSource

What is H-GAC’s PlanSource program?

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) PlanSource program connects local governments with top local, national, and international planning firms, provides competitive rates, and expedites the procurement process. PlanSource pre-qualifies firms to provide professional planning services to an array of potential local governments and other end users in the H-GAC region. Eligible services include a broad range of community planning and related services.

What services can Traffic Engineers Inc. (TEI) offer through the PlanSource Program?

PlanSource has pre-qualified TEI’s experienced planners to offer clients a broad set of professional planning services. Our planners will be happy to discuss any aspect or your project with you to determine the best approach to meet your needs:

  • School Circulation Studies
  • Mobility Studies
  • Bike and Pedestrian Studies
  • Corridor Studies
  • Parking Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Truck Route Studies
  • Land Use Inventory
  • Neighborhood Studies
  • Street Inventories
  • Thoroughfare Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Transportation Master Plans
  • Traffic Signal Inventories
  • Design Visualization and Modeling

Can Traffic Engineers, Inc. offer engineering services through PlanSource?

No. While TEI offers client a broad range of planning, operations, and engineering services, only planning services can be offered through H-GAC’s PlanSource program.

Under Texas law, Rule 137.53 of the TEXAS ENGINEERING PRACTICE ACT requires:

§137.53 Engineer Standards of Compliance with Professional Services Procurement Act

  1. A licensed engineer shall not submit or request, orally or in writing, a competitive bid to perform professional engineering services for a governmental entity unless specifically authorized by state law and shall report to the board any requests from governmental entities and/or their representatives that request a bid or cost and/or pricing information or any other information from which pricing or cost can be derived prior to selection based on demonstrated competence and qualifications to perform the services.
  2. For the purposes of this section, competitive bidding to perform engineering services includes, but is not limited to, the submission of any monetary cost information in the initial step of selecting qualified engineers. Cost information or other information from which cost can be derived must not be submitted until the second step of negotiating a contract at a fair and reasonable cost.
  3. This section does not prohibit competitive bidding in the private sector.

Source Note: The provisions of this §137.53 amended to be effective June 4, 2007.

TEI will be happy to discuss any project with you to determine if it meets our guidelines for planning work and therefore be eligible for inclusion under the PlanSource program. Please contact us.

Learn more about H-GAC’s PlanSource program…
Amanda Thorin, Environmental Planning Assistant
(713) 993-4587 or amanda.thorin@h-gac.com