Houston Mayoral Candidates Discuss Transportation Issues

Transportation is the number one issue for Houstonians, according to our latest News 88.7 / KHOU 11 News Mayoral Election Poll, conducted by Rice University professor Bob Stein. Seven candidates running for Houston mayor offer their solution to the problem.

The people who want to succeed Mayor Annise Parker agree that traffic congestion and public transit are big concerns.

Former Congressman Chris Bell:

“It’s a huge issue and that’s why I proposed streets and traffic management out of the Public Works Department and making that its own department that would report directly to the mayor,” said Bell.

Former Houston city attorney Ben Hall says poor road conditions in Houston are affecting mobility:

“We cannot afford to allow people to be stranded on the roads late at night because of the deplorable conditions we have, and every candidate has to focus on (this) immediately,” said Hall.

Current City Councilman Steve Costello is also chairman of the Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Committee:

“We need to work collectively on figuring out a way to move people here quicker and easier, so mass transit is going to become an integral part of that,” said Costello. 

Businessman and former Kemah mayor Bill King says the fastest solution is to make better use of the existing system:

“Redesigning intersections, synchronizing lights, making sure that construction sites are not using two lanes when they could use one lane. Those sorts of things that you’ve got to stay on top of every day,” said King.

State Rep. Sylvester Turner says he’s worked to provide more funding to TxDOT that Houston & Harris County will benefit from:

“And then on the ballot in November, will be another initiative that will direct $2.5 billion a year for transportation,” said Turner.

Former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia says public transportation must be included in an overall plan:

“I want it to be a viable option to executives and people who are hard workers. And those people want to make sure it’s a mode of transportation they can count on,” said Garcia.

And local businessman Marty McVey says it’s important that road construction does not contribute to congestion:

“It’s irresponsible to not invest in our infrastructure. And that includes streets, bridges, and getting people around goods and services from one place to another,” said McVey.

Voters will elect a new mayor on Nov. 3rd and if necessary, a run-off will be held on Dec. 12.