Houston area residents signaled that we are ready for a “paradigm shift” in transportation. Houstonians want more options to move around the region, and more funding for public transit will provide more options.
So what happened on November 5? Early reports from the November 5 election show close to seventy percent of voters approved Proposition A, authorizing METRO to borrow up to $3.5 billion in bonds without new taxes to implement METRONext, the long-range transit plan that includes many LINK Houston recommendations.
What’s next? Prioritization. METRO will launch the public-facing implementation process of METRONext, in which residents will have opportunities to provide input on transit projects. We at LINK Houston will focus on holding METRO accountable to its commitment to equity. METRO can do that by prioritizing projects and service improvements – service frequency, reliability, and accessibility – in the neighborhoods we identified as high-need areas for more affordable transportation options so that all people can access opportunities.
What can you do? This process will take time. We look forward to working with you and with METRO on equitable implementation. We’ll address METRO leadership at the upcoming METRO Board meeting on Thursday, November 21. Please join us in urging METRO to prioritize high-need areas in the implementation stages of METRONext.
To sign up for public comments, please call METRO at 713-739-4834 at least 48 hours in advance of the upcoming Board meeting to get on the schedule.