Archive for April, 2006

Town Hall Mtg April 12

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

Friends of Richmond Rail:
We are pleased with all the support for our efforts to bring reason to the discussion about the future University Corridor light rail line. This is one of the most important times in Houston’s history. Don’t let the politics of fear undermine the right answers for Houston’s future. Join us now!

Come to the Public Meetings and show your support for the best transportation system in the right places - Where the People are!

There are 4 Public meetings this week as shown below.

All meetings start at 6:30 PM – show up early to get a badge

Monday, April 10 - Upper Kirby, San Jacinto Girl Scouts HQ, 3110 SW Fwy

Tuesday, April 11 – Neartown/Montrose – Bering Memorial United Methodist, 1440 Harold

Wednesday, April 12 – This is most important – Come early to ensure seating; Rice University McNair Hall – Shell Auditorium;
Rice Blvd / Entrance 20 - Town Hall Meeting with John Culberson

Wednesday, April 12 –Larchmont, St. George, Gulfton - Pilgrim Elementary School, 3315 Barrington

For more info:

A good first week

Saturday, April 8th, 2006

We appreciate everyone who came out to the meetings this past week. Our green “I want to ride the train to…” name tags were prominent in the audience. We think we made it clear that there many in the neighborhood who want a well-designed rail line on Richmond and who would ride it to places like the Medical Center, the Menil, and Pappasito’s.

We were also pleased that the tone of the meetings was different than we’ve seen before. Thanks to the format — questions with answers by METRO staff — the focus was on facts, not vitriol (though there was some of that). The same anti-rail people we’ve heard from over and over at these meetings were there. But they didn’t make up most of the audience; there were also people there who had concerns but were open to how those concerns could be dealt with, and there people who want better transit and are willing to speak out for it.

You will see us at more of these meetings (list at But we’re still organizing, and we can use your help. Email us at to join us in fighting for neighborhood-friendly rail. And tell us where you’d like to ride the train.

Mobilize this Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

It’s time to let our media and elected leaders know that WE care about the future of Richmond, too! You can be part of a brand-new campaign to support rail on the parts of Richmond Avenue that matter.

Supporters will launch the campaign this Wed Apr 5 at 5:30 pm at Poe Elementary. Meet on the big deck at the corner of Hazard and North, before the first council district forum to kick off this campaign. Campaign stickers and placards will be distributed for use during the meeting.

Numbers matter so YOU should come and bring your friends. The anti-Richmond-rail crowd will assuredly attend, so all of us should attend, too. They’ve printed more than 5,000 yard signs, held rallies, done telephone push-polling, and sent direct mailers. Your presence will help the media figure out that we care about Richmond, too. And your personal effort to recruit friends to participate will make the difference between 15 participants and 150!

If you’re interested in supporting the campaign, contact

First public forum: Wed Apr 5 at 6:30 pm Poe Elementary School (Boulevard Oaks, Neartown) 5100 Hazard St at North Blvd, Houston, 77098

Our district Houston City Council Members are co-hosting this round of public meetings in the Universities corridor with METRO. See METRO’s website for all 8 meeting dates:


Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

We are a group of residents, business owners, and others who live, work, study, or spend time along Richmond in Neartown and Greenway Plaza. We love this neighborhood, its residential streets, its varied businesses, its restaurants, its stores, its art galleries, its cultural institutions, its trees. And we’d love to have a better way to get around it.
METRO is studying options for an east-west rail light rail line that would serve UH, TSU, the Third Ward, Neartown, and Greenway Plaza. This is part of a system that would link all these areas to Post Oak, Downtown, the Medical Center, the Museum District, and Reliant Park. We want those trains to stop in our neighborhood so we can ride them and get around without worrying about traffic or parking.
We believe a well-designed rail line will improve our neighborhood. We’re concerned about green space, traffic, flooding, safety, and the impact of construction on businesses. But we know there are ways to deal with these issues.
We’ve been watching for months as rail opponents have gone from expressing valid concerns — concerns that can and must be dealt with — to spreading hyperbole and misinformation. They don’t speak for us, and we want our voice to be heard, too.
We don’t work for METRO. We’re voters and taxpayers, so METRO works for us. We want rail on Richmond, and we want it done right, with stations in the right places, with landscaping that will make our street more, not less, attractive, and with good connections to the rest of the city. We will insist on that.
You will hear more from us as time goes by. And we’d love to hear from you, and to see you at public meetings. Email us at with your questions or comments and to join our mailing list.