Transportation

Houston TranStar Celebrates Anniversary With New Expanded Facilities

Officials say the improvements will allow for more interagency cooperation during emergencies.

As part of TranStar’s 20th anniversary celebration, visitors got a tour of its nerve center, on the third floor of its northwest Houston facility, where emergency personnel gather during severe weather.

On a normal day, crews keep an eye on the region’s many miles of freeways, looking for problems that can slow down traffic.  

“It’s almost like this is more than a building,” says Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “It’s a living, breathing entity.”

Emmett was on hand to show off TranStar’s $12 million expansion. There’s a conference center, an emergency operations hub, even dormitory space.

“Texas Department of Transportation, City of Houston, Harris County, Metro, all come together and cooperate here,” adds Emmett. “And the public really is the beneficiary.”

Also at the event was Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. He says TranStar’s services are important to the growing region because Houston can’t build its way out of congestion.

“That is why TranStar’s services are essential in providing what are known as intelligent transportation systems,” says Turner. “(It) has helped the travelers in our car-centric region keep traffic moving, and that’s a plus.”

Along with improvements at TranStar, Turner says local entities are also working to develop a grant-funded program to help clear broken-down vehicles off Harris County freeways.

See a PDF with more information about TranStar’s expansion below:

 

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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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