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Report: Equity in Transit

An equitable transportation network starts with strong regional and local transportation policies and decisions so that the benefits of transportation, as well as the burdens, are fairly distributed across the Houston region’s 6.9 million people. Equitable, affordable transportation will help the region pursue inclusive economic growth that further advances equity in incomes, education, and [...]

2018-11-27T20:55:11+00:00November 27th, 2018|

Report: Street Safety Summit Summary of Conclusions

At the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and LINK Houston’s 2018 Street Safety Summit, a diverse group of people gathered to discuss safety and accessibility for all people using Houston’s streets. The event offered participants the opportunity to learn about and discuss strategies to better our city’s streets by advocating for physical improvements and policy [...]

2018-11-01T22:16:28+00:00October 15th, 2018|

Briefing: METRONext: An Equity Examination

The Harris County Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) Board now seems ready to move ahead with public engagement on a single METRONext plan to improve the public transit network across the Houston area. The region will likely reach nearly 10 million people by 2040 – a 50 percent increase in population. Overall, the METRONext plan reflects [...]

2018-11-01T23:02:36+00:00August 4th, 2018|

Briefing: METRO unveiled its preliminary plans for METRONext – a vision for a grand transit network for the Houston region. Here are our initial thoughts on the draft plans.

Thirty-five billion dollars. That’s the price tag for the long-awaited, long-term vision plan METRONext. At the METRONext Board workshop on July 26, METRO staff presented a pie-in-the-sky outlook for an improved transportation network with light rail extensions, including to Hobby Airport; bus rapid transit; increased frequency buses (branded the BOOST Network) across key corridors; and [...]

2018-11-01T23:07:52+00:00July 26th, 2018|

Briefing: LINK Houston Executive Director Oni Blair’s Public Remarks to Houston City Council on May 30, 2018

Mayor Turner and City Councilmembers, my name is Oni Blair, and I am the executive director of LINK Houston. LINK Houston advocates for a robust and equitable transportation network so that all people can reach opportunity. On May 1, I stood here with other advocates to urge you to act to make our streets safe [...]

2018-11-01T23:09:22+00:00June 1st, 2018|

Briefing: LINK Houston Director of Policy and Planning Jonathan Brook’s Public Remarks to METRO Public Hearing on Proposed Service Adjustments for August 2018 on May 30, 2018

METRO Board Members and staff, my name is Jonathan Brooks and I am the director of policy and planning at LINK Houston. We advocate for a robust and equitable transportation network so that all people can reach opportunity. METRO’s transit services are a key element of affordable, equitable transportation in our region. On April 26, [...]

2018-11-01T23:10:50+00:00June 1st, 2018|

Briefing: LINK Houston Executive Director Oni Blair’s Public Remarks to Houston City Council on May 1, 2018

Good afternoon, Mayor and Councilmembers. My name is Oni Blair, and I am the executive director of LINK Houston. LINK Houston advocates for a robust and equitable transportation network so that all people can reach opportunity. A robust and equitable transportation network means safe bicycle and accessible pedestrian infrastructure so that people who must (and [...]

2018-11-01T23:11:44+00:00May 4th, 2018|

Briefing: LINK Houston Executive Director Oni Blair’s Public Remarks to METRO Board on April 26, 2018

The Kinder Institute’s 2018 annual survey reported that “Harris County respondents are more firmly in favor of mass transit” [61%] and that most people in the region “are seeking more opportunities for ‘walkable urbanism.’” The time for a paradigm shift in transportation is now. We need alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles, safety, and resilience. We need [...]

2018-11-01T23:13:48+00:00April 26th, 2018|