Growth. Regional mobility remains a critical challenge facing Greater West Houston. Our region requires major upgrades to its transportation infrastructure. Adequate funding for this infrastructure is critical.
Protect Funding. Billions of dollars will be needed to expand and build new facilities as well as maintain our investment in existing mobility infrastructure. While state and federal leaders recently provided more funding, traditional financing sources will not be sufficient to build needed infrastructure.
Public-Private Partnerships. Public-private partnerships are providing a way to augment the delivery and quality of roadway improvements. Park Row from Dairy Ashford to Barker Cypress was completed through a “380 Agreement” between the City of Houston, the Energy Corridor Management District, and area developers. Kingsland Boulevard (substantially complete) is also a public-private project. These two roads provide vital east-west transit parallel to I-10 on both the north and south sides of the Interstate. Texas Heritage Parkway is a public-private partnership that boasts roundabouts, pedestrian tunnels, and other design features. It will provide a safe, attractive, and efficient north-south corridor to drastically improve residential mobility in Fort Bend County.
Dynamic Pricing. As noted in the 2050 Plan and demonstrated by regional tollways, many users are willing to carpool and pay for mobility improvements. Dynamic pricing for programmed lanes provides a market-based approach that helps ease congestion and generate revenue for projects that could not be built otherwise.
Regional Challenge. Multiple transportation providers focused on their own service areas present a challenge for regional planning.Regional Vision. We need stronger regional coordination of all transportation providers, including TxDOT, METRO, counties, and cities. This vision requires stronger and more responsive leadership to maximize public investment. Partnerships between METRO and other transit service providers, like the Woodlands Township and Fort Bend County have been successful and can improve regional mobility.
Regional Vision. We need stronger regional coordination of all transportation providers, including TxDOT, METRO, counties, and cities. This vision requires stronger and more responsive leadership to maximize public investment. Partnerships between METRO and other transit service providers, like the Woodlands Township and Fort Bend County have been successful and can improve regional mobility.
Road Network. Our traditional spoke-and-wheel system worked well as a solution for areas closer to the city. The effectiveness of the spoke-and-wheel system diminishes as the distance increases and lateral connectors become less robust or non-existent. As growth continues outward from the city more transportation connectors and transit options are needed. Major thoroughfares such as FM 529, FM 1463, Spring Green Boulevard, Betka Road, and Texas Highway 36A are key roadway connectors that can fill the gaps in the spoke-and-wheel system.
Preserve Corridors. The public sector should work cooperatively with property owners to expand rights-of-way and facility options along key roadways and at key intersections ahead of development. The public sector should also consider the width of these corridors to allow for multiple modes of transportation. Planners must responsibly work with and around sensitive areas such as reservoirs and the Katy Prairie to preserve the environment and mobility. Elevating key roadways, such as Eldridge, through reservoirs will reduce impacts and maintain the reservoir capacity and mobility during extreme weather events.
High-Capacity Transit Conflict. High-capacity transit options, such as high-speed rail, commuter rail, bus rapid transit, and conceivably the hyperloop, can provide tremendous support to quality growth. The desirability of high capacity transit must be planned and operated to minimize conflicts with other transit modes and land uses.
Higher Grade Transit. High-capacity transit should be elevated or on a different grade at major thoroughfare crossings and in heavily urbanized areas. Grade separations increase safety, reduce travel times, preserve urban connectivity, and minimize potential drainage issues sufficiently to justify their costs.