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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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