Archive for January, 2007

Thanks for a great workshop!

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

More than 70 of us spent Saturday morning hearing the latest about METRO’s six remaining University line options. We were rewarded with fantastic, informative presentations by David Crossley of the Gulf Coast Institute and Christof Spieler of the Citizens’ Transportation Coalition.

They made it clear to all of us that we still have a lot of work to do. Just identifying the most cost-effective alignment — from Richmond to Cummins to Westpark — won’t get it built. The no-build option remains a real threat.

Further, drawing a line in the right place on the map won’t make rail neighborhood-friendly. The devil will be in the details. There are many important decisions yet to be made, like where will the stations be and what will our streetscapes look like?

As Councilmember Peter Brown reminded us, we need to start making a lot of noise if we want to ensure this line gets put in the right place and that the City of Houston and METRO get the details right! Stay involved!

Supporters workshop this Saturday

Monday, January 1st, 2007

We still have a lot of work to do because METRO’s numbers don’t tell the whole story. Just identifying the best alignment won’t get it built. Even now, some rail opponents are pushing for Culberson’s option, and others are working to kill this line entirely. The no-build option remains a real threat. is committed to getting the University line built where the people are, on Richmond (not on the edge of US-59). We have until March 2007 — when METRO circulates the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for public comment — to cement public support for this line, and we need your help to do it.

This Saturday, January 6, we will host an educational workshop for Richmond Rail supporters. We are bringing in experts to help us understand the facts behind the options and make us better advocates. We will also lay out our next steps:

  • David Crossley of the Gulf Coast Institute will show us where the people are with job and housing demographics in the corridor
  • Christof Spieler of the Citizens’ Transportation Coalition will compare how METRO’s three remaining options affect Neartown, Greenway Plaza, Uptown, and Gulfton
  • Doug Childers, our chair, will outline next steps and upcoming issues for

This 90-minute session is intended to present critical information and answer many of your questions. We will also distribute our free “We want rail on Richmond” buttons and bumper magnets. We hope you will join us! Please refer to your email for the location and time. Put it on your calendar now!