We strive to ensure that people can move around the region affordably and sustainably by walking, rolling, biking, and riding transit.
Well-designed and well-implemented transportation infrastructure connects people to opportunity. People who walk, use a wheelchair, bike, or ride transit in Houston face non-existent, poor quality, or even dangerous infrastructure and slow or disrupted services. We aim to improve the quantity and quality of mobility options, especially in communities of color where transportation infrastructure and service investments have lagged for decades.
Equitable and just climate investments in frequent, reliable, accessible, and safe transit, walking, and biking will result in affordable and environmentally sustainable transportation options to reach jobs, school, food, healthcare, and other opportunities. This means high-frequency transit in areas with high demand for affordable transportation; lives saved among people walking and biking; and affordable, zero-to-low carbon emissions mobility options, especially for communities of color.
In 2018, LINK Houston developed the Transportation Equity Demand Index (TEDI) comprising 15 socio-economic and land-use indicators to determine where people need affordable transportation the most and where it is most feasible to equitably invest in public transit to improve access to opportunity. The 2018 report helped inform METRONext, the region’s long-range transit plan which voters approved in 2019. LINK Houston continues to update and release the Equity in Transit reports in 2020, 2021, and 2022 to measure progress, provide data and lived experiences to community members to hold decision-makers accountable to the promises they make. You can view the reports and supporting information below.