Archive for June, 2006

First scoping meetings this week!

Monday, June 26th, 2006

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Obviously, LOTS of people are thinking and talking about METRO’s Univiersities light rail line. We sure are!

You need to know about two important meetings this week. METRO is holding “scoping” meetings, which are our official opportunity to tell METRO where we want the rail to go:

  • Tuesday, June 27th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Third Ward Multi-Service Center, 3611 Ennis, Houston, Texas 77004, and

  • Thursday, June 29th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Select, 2712 Southwest Freeway, Houston, Texas, 77098.

Expect an informal workshop, where you can view maps and displays on your own and communicate one-on-one with METRO staff. The most important thing for you to do at the meeting is is submit your comments. You can write them down on a comment card, or say them to one of the official stenographers.

Tell them you want rail access down Richmond Avenue, and tell them where you want it to go. Be specific: name all the places you want to go and the locations you want rail to serve.

Even if you can’t make it to one of these meetings, you still need to tell METRO where you think the University line should go. Let them know you support the project and make your ideas part of the official project record. You can submit your comments three more ways:

The deadline for submitting comments is July 14, 2006 for the scoping phase. If this deadline is extended we’ll let you know.

For my daughters…

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

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My name is Jonathan Paull and I am a father of two daughters. My 2-year-old has asthma that is aggravated by Houston’s smog, and I want my girls to grow up in a city where they have other options of getting around other than cars. We live just off Dunlavy and a rail line down Richmond will let me take my girls to Mandell Park, to the Children’s Museum, to school, and to all the restaurants and shopping that are along Richmond, not Westpark. As a parent I will feel better knowing that my daughters can choose a safe dependable rail system instead of a car (especially during their teenage years). And I hope they will want to live in a Houston that is vibrant, connected and safe; instead of avoiding a Houston that continues to deteriorate in more road-building, traffic, pollution and sprawl.

For better access…

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

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My name is Jason. I have lived and worked in the Greenway Plaza/Timmons area for 3 years. I have muscular dystrophy and I’m in a wheelchair, and METRO buses and trains take me to work and other activities everyday. The Universities rail line extension down Richmond will not only make my life easier, but also enhance the mobility needs of persons with disabilities and improve the quality of life for all Houstonians.