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No Such Thing as Free

Transit agencies around the country are implementing free fare policies in hopes of boosting ridership on their systems. In Houston – one of two cities across the U.S. with a steady growth of transit riders – a few individuals recently called for METRO to join the trend of offering free fares, stating that such [...]

2020-01-23T17:09:11+00:00January 23rd, 2020|

Housing and Transportation Costs Rise in Houston

A recent study by Citizens Budget Commission using data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development shows that Houston is currently less affordable than New York City when transportation costs are factored into overall housing costs. The notion that Houston is becoming less affordable is not new. According to the Center for Neighborhood Technology , transportation costs in [...]

2020-01-23T17:01:16+00:00January 23rd, 2020|

Celebrate Transit Equity Day

On February 4, we invite you to ride public transit somewhere you need to go, take a picture along your journey, and share it on social media using #TransitEquityDay. The Labor Network for Sustainability will once again lead Transit Equity Day to raise awareness of public transit as a civil right and a way to help [...]

2020-01-23T16:58:07+00:00January 23rd, 2020|

Metro unlikely to eliminate fares after analysis finds increased costs

Free fares appear to be a hard sell for Houston area transit officials, who said while they are open to exploring discounts, people boarding buses and trains will need to fork over $1.25 for the foreseeable future. After a comprehensive analysis by Metropolitan Transit Authority staff, transit board members said removing fares from the [...]

2020-01-22T21:38:45+00:00January 22nd, 2020|

Would Free Transit Incentivize More Riders? METRO Gathers Input On Whether To Stop Collecting Fares

Transit agencies around the country, including in Houston, are considering whether to cut or reduce their transit fares. If you ride a local METRO bus in Harris County it will most likely cost you $1.25, though there are also half-priced fares for students, seniors and people with disabilities. But what if you didn’t have [...]

2020-01-22T21:32:59+00:00January 22nd, 2020|

Road deaths rise in Houston region, despite new efforts to end fatalities

Despite stepped-up efforts to reduce fatalities on Houston-area roads, 2019 remained a deadly year for drivers, passengers and other road users. The number of lives lost on roads and highways appears likely to exceed the number of deaths from 2018 in Greater Houston, made up of Harris and the seven adjacent counties, even as [...]

2020-01-22T21:26:30+00:00January 22nd, 2020|

Briefing: Remarks by Oni K. Blair, Executive Director of LINK Houston at METRO Board Meeting on December 19, 2019

Good morning, Chair Patman and METRO Board members. My name is Oni Blair, and I serve as the executive director of LINK Houston. LINK Houston advocates for a robust and equitable transportation network so that all people can reach opportunity. Last month, LINK Houston joined more than a dozen speakers to congratulate you on [...]

2019-12-19T19:26:07+00:00December 19th, 2019|

A safer intersection is finally being built but change across the city is too slow? [Opinion]

In early 2016, I crossed the intersection of Fannin, Main and Sunset with my mother, Marj Corcoran, who taught physics at Rice for over 35 years and used that crosswalk hundreds of times. She told me that day how scared crossing there as part of her regular bike commute made her, and how how [...]

2019-12-19T19:19:53+00:00December 19th, 2019|

The Nexus of Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing and “Good” Transit

LINK Houston is teaming up with the Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research to study where naturally occurring affordable housing and high-quality transit coincide in Houston. The project will highlight how housing and transportation access affordability are related and produce practical tools to help housing stakeholders and individuals make well-informed decisions about their [...]

2019-12-05T20:11:49+00:00December 5th, 2019|

Community Members Ask METRO Board to Prioritize Equity in METRONext Implementation

Houston-area residents joined LINK Houston for the November 21 METRO Board meeting to congratulate the transit agency on the successful bond referendum and urge METRO to prioritize improvements that adhere to METRO’s public commitments to equity. Community members representing Gulfton, Eastex-Jensen, Kashmere and Houston Trinity Gardens, and the Living Hope Wheelchair Association asked METRO [...]

2019-12-05T20:09:06+00:00December 5th, 2019|