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Briefing: Transportation Advisory Committee June 17, 2020 Remarks

LINK Houston Executive Director Oni Blair’s Remarks on Agenda Item #6 (includes NHHIP consideration) Houston-Galveston Area Council: Transportation Advisory Committee June 17, 2020 Thank you. My name is Oni Blair, and I am a voting member of the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC). I thank the parties – the City of Houston, Harris County, Metropolitan [...]

2020-06-18T15:39:29+00:00June 18th, 2020|

Aligning Affordable Housing and Quality Transportation w/ Beth Osborne, Transportation for America

Join LINK Houston and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research for a virtual conversation with Transportation for America Director Beth Osborne on Thursday, May 28, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Following the release of our Where Affordable Housing and Transportation Meet in Houston report, we continue to explore how to better align affordable housing and transportation to [...]

2020-06-01T14:45:09+00:00May 18th, 2020|

Briefing: LINK Houston’s Takeaways on Mayor Turner’s Letter to TxDOT Regarding the NHHIP

On May 12, 2010 Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner sent a letter to the Texas Transportation Commissioner Laura Ryan outlining his vision for the proposed I-45 expansion. Here are LINK Houston's takeaways: What’s the Mayor’s Vision? Why doesn’t the letter say Vision C? The letter outlines the Mayor’s new vision for the North Houston Highway Improvement [...]

2020-05-18T18:12:02+00:00May 18th, 2020|

These tools — and policy changes — may help Houston address housing affordability

For years, Houston has been touted as one of the nation’s most affordable major metropolitan areas. But it’s now facing a decreasing supply of affordable housing. To effectively address the affordability crisis in Houston, local decision-makers and individuals must consider the combined costs of housing and transportation and their impact on overall affordability. [Read [...]

2020-05-07T16:40:46+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Here’s where affordable housing and sustainable transportation co-exist in Houston

To better understand the affordability crisis in Houston, LINK Houston and Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research teamed up to explore where affordable housing and high-quality, affordable transportation overlap in the city. [Read more.] Luis Guajardo and John Park Kinder Institute for Urban Research | May 5, 2020 READ FULL ARTICLE [...]

2020-05-07T16:36:59+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Report: Where Affordable Housing and Transportation Meet in Houston

Executive Summary Where Affordable Housing and Transportation Meet in Houston examines where affordable housing and high-quality, affordable transportation presently co-exist. This report provides policy recommendations to help government and nongovernment stakeholders in the City of Houston address affordability issues in the region. This report also aims to help individuals and families make well-informed decisions [...]

2020-05-29T17:00:00+00:00May 5th, 2020|

Briefing: Public comment on TPC April 24 agenda item #6, NHHIP

Transportation Policy Council (TPC) Houston-Galveston Area Council 3555 Timmons Lane, Suite #100 Houston, TX 77027 Dear Chair Clark and Members of the Transportation Policy Council, I am writing on behalf of LINK Houston, a non-profit organization that advocates for equity in transportation. I am specifically writing to provide public comment on the TPC’s April [...]

2020-04-24T14:11:50+00:00April 24th, 2020|

Broad Alliance Tells White House: Transit Workers Need Better Protection From COVID-19

Dozens of unions, business groups, economic justice organizations, and local transit advocates from across the nation wrote yesterday to Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, demanding better federal coordination to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for transit workers. [Read more.] TransitCenter | April 23, [...]

2020-04-23T18:58:52+00:00April 23rd, 2020|

Why is it so hard to say yes to walkability in Houston? [Essay]

A few weeks ago, I was walking in Midtown toward Montrose near Spur 527 when I saw a woman on a ladder hanging a sign on a fence. Her name’s Gwyneth Williams. She lives there on Westheimer. The sign warns that the city wants to close parts of the spur “forever” and advertises a [...]

2020-04-23T18:52:37+00:00April 23rd, 2020|

Long-term government projects must wait until public can comment [Opinion]

On March 27, during regional COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Transportation Policy Council held its regular meeting by telephone to discuss adjustments to highway project budgets and protocols. This powerful group of elected officials and bureaucrats from eight counties controls billions of taxpayer dollars and how they’re spent on our roads, highways [...]

2020-04-23T18:44:27+00:00April 23rd, 2020|