Transportation

What Houstonians Want To See In A Regional Transit System

Metro is looking for ways to expand to the suburbs. The agency is currently getting input from the public on how to do it.

 

At a meeting at Moody Park, people hovered around display boards to learn about MetroNext. That’s the transit agency’s plan for addressing the region’s population growth.

Officials say they want to circle back on some of the projects voters approved in 2003 as part of the Metro Solutions initiative.  Many of those projects, like a commuter rail system,  have yet to be completed.

One of the people at the Moody Park meeting was Kevin Hoffman, who’s active in the Lindale Park neighborhood. He says he likes the convenience of the light rail line and wishes he could take it all the way to the airport.

“As we make that journey on to the airport, the next logical place would be to continue it on to Kingwood,” adds Hoffman.  “That’s not that much further up the line.”

And Hoffman says a commuter rail system would be a lot more convenient  for people who currently rely on the park-and-ride buses. A train would allow for a lot more flexibility.

“If they needed to come into the office for just a few hours they could get on a train and take that train back into their neighborhoods,” explains Hoffman.

 Also at the meeting was Heights resident Katie Atkiss who thinks more dedicated bus lanes would help. She told us about a recent trip between Montrose and the Heights that took about 40 minutes.  

“So I think it would be really great there,” says Atkiss.

Metro is holding public meetings on the plan through the middle of August. Officials say at some point they’ll have to ask voters for more bonding authority to fund the selected projects.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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