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Could a Monorail Be the Answer to Traffic Along Westheimer?

Business is bustling in neighborhoods near and along Westheimer toward Post Oak Boulevard. A lot of people work and shop in the Uptown/Galleria area, River Oaks, and surrounding communities. That also means a lot of traffic. A variety of ideas have been floated over the years to address such traffic snarls, including the idea of […]

Business is bustling in neighborhoods near and along Westheimer toward Post Oak Boulevard. A lot of people work and shop in the Uptown/Galleria area, River Oaks, and surrounding communities. That also means a lot of traffic. A variety of ideas have been floated over the years to address such traffic snarls, including the idea of a light rail line along nearby Richmond Avenue toward Post Oak, but to date, funding and political will for such a project has not coalesced.

Shafik Rifaat, a tenured Professor of Architecture at the University of Houston has another idea – he’d like to see a monorail built along Westheimer to Post Oak. Rifaat, who lectures on urban development and sustainable communities, explains why a monorail might be the way to go.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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