New Gulfton bus service could become model for other Houston neighborhoods

One of the eye-opening realities of American life for Jon Ruto when he moved from Kenya to Houston was the distance between things that seemed so necessary and the people who relied on them. “The hospitals, the factories, the jobs, they are so far away,” Ruto said at a bus stop near his apartment [...]

2021-06-30T21:33:40+00:00June 30th, 2021|

Beating of elderly woman at rail stop prompts LULAC call for Metro to improve rider safety

The February assault of a 63-year-old Eastside woman at a Metro light rail stop has angered local Latino leaders, who say transit officials have failed to protect and value some of their most loyal riders. “If it is not safe, how can they continue to ride?” said Augustin Pinedo, District 18 director of the [...]

2021-06-30T21:30:54+00:00June 30th, 2021|

Want a vaccine at NRG Park’s super site? Show up with wheels.

The region’s largest COVID vaccine site — created to cater to vulnerable communities — is drive-thru-only, a process that frustrated some observers as health officials work to balance better access to shots, huge demand and the need to inoculate as many people as fast as possible. Opened Wednesday, the vaccination site at NRG Park [...]

2021-04-30T19:26:25+00:00February 25th, 2021|

Houston Metro has handed out 2 million masks to riders since last summer

The Metropolitan Transit Authority has distributed more than 2 million face masks to riders since the agency mandated the facial coverings last summer, officials said this week. Metro spokesman Jerome Gray said handouts of disposable masks peaked at about 15,000 masks daily in the summer before sliding to about 5,000 each day during January. [...]

2021-02-10T21:17:36+00:00February 10th, 2021|

Janis Scott: A Powerful Voice for Transportation Equity

This Transit Equity Day, we would like to acknowledge and thank Janis Scott for her unceasing commitment to improving and preserving public transit access for all Houston-area residents. Janis truly embodies the values central to transit equity. [Read more.] Understanding Houston | February 3, 2021 READ FULL ARTICLE

2021-04-30T19:25:19+00:00February 5th, 2021|

TxDOT gives itself go-ahead on $7.5B rebuild of I-45, and critics pounce

Texas highway officials Thursday gave themselves the green light to rebuild Interstate 45 in Houston, a crucial step in the process, despite lingering concerns from critics that the proposed $7.5 billion widening project is out of step with the region's future needs. [Read more.] Dug Begley Houston Chronicle | February 4, 2021 READ [...]

2021-02-05T17:37:52+00:00February 5th, 2021|

Houston region’s transportation board changes nixed, leaving women out of positions of power

The four-person leadership of the Houston area’s regional mobility council will stay virtually the same for 2021, after suburban officials substituted two key positions. Officials prior to the divided vote last Friday said the move was necessary to better reflect both urban and suburban representation at the top ranks of the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s [...]

2021-01-27T18:16:37+00:00January 27th, 2021|

H-GAC group stalls I-45 resolution after TxDOT objects to agreement

A monthslong process to reach an understanding between regional leaders and the Texas Department of Transportation about objectives of the I-45 project stalled Jan. 22. What began as a memorandum of understanding, a binding agreement between the group of regional leaders from the Houston-Galveston Area Council and TxDOT, was then reworked into a less [...]

2021-01-27T18:13:26+00:00January 27th, 2021|

Public comment period extended on I-45 Environmental Report

At activists’ and local officials’ request, the Texas Department of Transportation extended the public comment period on the forthcoming I-45 project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement. “TxDOT wishes to assure the public that our team will continue to engage with the stakeholders and seek meaningful opportunities to enhance this project,” an Oct. 28 release from [...]

2021-01-27T17:52:01+00:00January 27th, 2021|

Houston-Galveston Area Council seeking feedback on I-45 project plans

A group of regional county and transportation leaders are seeking feedback on how to address community input on the pending multibillion-dollar overhaul of I-45 through downtown Houston and the Northside. The city of Houston conducted months of feedback on the Texas Department of Transportation-led plan, which proposes rerouting I-45 away from Midtown and through [...]

2021-01-27T17:49:21+00:00January 27th, 2021|