Hurricane Harvey has shown just how important a vital public transit system is to our region.
METRO Chair Carrin Patman wrote in an article recently published in the Houston Chronicle that Harvey showed how we must significantly boost our current system to meet the region’s growth, expected to reach 10 million by 2040.
“METRO already reduces congestion for today’s population. Our commuter buses eliminate 20,000 automobile trips each day on crowded highways, and our 100 miles of HOV/HOT lanes divert 25 million people annually from regular lanes. One-third of downtown Houston employees use METRO instead of cars to get to work,” wrote Patman.
Transit is a sound economic investment, saving households money and creating jobs. Transit also enhances property values.
METRO is developing a Regional Transit Plan that will address how to move large numbers of people in a sensible, cost-effective way. We invite you to attend our public meetings and join the conversation online. Please visit METRONext.org for more details.
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