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Dec 04
The State of METRO


In a living-room style interview, Chair Carrin Patman and President & CEO Tom Lambert chatted with the Greater Houston Partnership president about major achievements of METRO and goals the agency is focused on for the next year.

Moving more people across the region was a key theme at the annual State of METRO luncheon on Nov. 23, hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) at the downtown Marriott Marquis. GHP President & CEO Bob Harvey led the discussion, which included METRO's role before and after Harvey, the agency's contribution transporting crowds to major events, including Super Bowl LI and the 2017 World Series games and parade.

"The time to plan is now," said Patman. "The Houston region is expected to grow from 6.5 million residents to over 10 million by 2040. That's the equivalent of adding the combined populations of San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Corpus Christi and Arlington."

Patman and Lambert pointed out that METRO was only one of four urban transit agencies to gain bus ridership in the past year and also received an A-rating by a national consumer advocacy group and its state affiliate for METRO's practice of showing taxpayers how their money is spent.

METRO highlighted FY2018 initiatives, including:

  • Developing and implementing a long-range regional transit plan, METRONext
  • Enhancing riders' experience with technology and improved accessibility
  • Increasing safety with more METRO police presence and fare inspectors
  • Continuing research into autonomous vehicle technology for crowded, high-density areas
  • Funding safety projects, such as enhanced sidewalks, rail fencing, public education and a Bluetooth pedestrian alert pilot

"It's really about building an environment where people feel comfortable and safe. It's about creating a walkable and pleasant experience. "That's what transit needs to be. Transit is about moving people to opportunities."





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