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As The Roads Get More Crowded, A Study Looks At New Transportation Options For The Houston Region

Metro isn’t the only organization that’s looking at the area’s long-term transit needs. The Houston-Galveston Area Council is also studying how high-capacity transit could better connect the growing eight-county region

H-GAC Transportation Manager Alan Clark speaking before the Metro Board of Directors.
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H-GAC Transportation Manager Alan Clark speaking before the Metro Board of Directors.

So what exactly is high-capacity transit? Speaking before Metro's Board of Directors, H-GAC's Alan Clark said it could be something like a rail line corridor or designated bus lanes.

"These are backbone services intended to move a large number of people to key destination areas in a very timely, reliable way," said Clark.

To figure out how to better connect communities in the region as the population continues to grow, H-GAC has launched its High-Capacity Transit Task Force. Clark said finding new transportation options is vital to the area's well-being.

"Continuing to do business the way we always have, to rely on only being able to travel in your own personal vehicle for 90% or all of your daily travel, is not going to be a realistic option for many who want to live here," added Clark.

As part of its study, the task force will gather public input. Clark said they also have to figure out how to pay those projects.

"There are sometimes opportunities to work in a public-private partnership or to be able to leverage funds with federal and state investment as we're building other facilities," explained Clark.

The task force expects to release a final report this summer.


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