About Commute Solutions

Who We Are

Commute Solutions is a service of The Houston-Galveston Area Council. Funded through the Texas Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, we offer tools and resources for employers, commuters, colleges and universities, property managers, and others to reduce peak period traffic congestion and improve air quality.

Our goal is to connect the region’s employees and students with their best travel options. We focus on those who live or work in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties.

What We Do

Through our Commute Solutions Partners program, we offer organizations customized travel demand management and telework plans, commuter surveys, zip code mapping, and other technical assistance. We also offer onsite implementation support and educational events.

For commuters, we work with our partners throughout the region to provide direct assistance, such as ride-matching support for carpools, connections to vanpools, transit pairing, bike maps and route help, and educational support for telework and compressed work weeks.

Meet the Commute Solutions Team

Emanuel Andrews joined the Houston-Galveston Area Council team in 2022 after more than ten years of leading outreach programs to improve access to community wellness programs and clean transportation. Before joining H-GAC, Emanuel worked with AECOM and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to help establish the State of Louisiana's first Transportation Demand Management program.

Emanuel holds a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. He's also earned his FAA Part 107 certification to operate drones commercially.

Along with spending time with his family, Emanuel enjoys riding his bike and exploring his neighborhood. He also produces aerial photography and videography and teaches teens how to operate drones safely and responsibly.

Francis Rodriguez joined the Houston-Galveston Area Council in 2014. She has a passion for connecting with people and communities. While at the agency, she’s led public engagement efforts including community outreach and developing community stakeholder relationships. Through collaboration with partners, Francis reaches a various audiences to help them find a commute solution!

Francis is bilingual in English and Spanish, whose parents moved to Houston from Ponce, Puerto Rico. She is a first generation college graduate with a degree from the University of Houston-Downtown, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and a Minor in Psychology. While receiving her college degree, she worked at the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

In her spare time, you can catch her watching a Houston Astros game, spending time with her family, and playing fetch with her Yorkie.

Jamila is a Houston native with over 20 years of experience in managing community programs. Prior to joining H-GAC, Jamila worked with organizations across the nation to strengthen their Transportation Demand Management programs through technology. She also managed service and sales for the METRO STAR vanpool program and administered incentives for clean commuting for 23 counties in and around Atlanta.

Jamila holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and ethics. She has also earned a Transportation Demand Management- Certified Professional (TDM-CP) designation from the Association for Commuter Transportation.

When not thinking about ways to improve quality of life for communities, Jamila enjoys road trips and movie nights with her family.