Public Hearing July 18th on University Transit Corridor Streets and other MTFP amendments

Proponents of better mobility options for Houston and the University Line in particular have another opportunity to influence their public representatives to “do the right thing” to support good transit for our city. Houston’s Planning Commission is holding a hearing on July 18th to take community input on the 2013 proposed amendments to Houston’s Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan (MTFP). Included are requests to designate the segments of Richmond Ave., Westpark, and the other streets that make up the University Corridor as “Transit Corridor Streets.” (More info on MTFP amendment request process.)

You can express your support at the public hearing, as well as online using the City’s comment form. Reference amendment applications #20-29 University Corridor - METRO.

What: Houston Planning Commission MTFP Public Hearing (notice -pdf)
When: 2:30 pm, Thursday, July 18, 2013
Where: City Council Chambers, Public Level, City Hall Annex, 900 Bagby Street

METRO Workshop Presentation strongly supports these Transit Corridor Street designations (and has been pushing for them to happen sooner rather than later). This will better enable the City and METRO to ensure that new development/redevelopment along the corridor (like that happening on Richmond right now) accommodates the future transit line and needed pedestrian amenities. For example, the “Transit Corridor Ordinance” (info)┬áthat will apply to development on the Transit Corridor Streets, as well as to key streets leading to the future transit stations, call for sidewalks providing a minimum pedestrian clear space 6 feet wide by 7-1/2 feet high. Performance standards enable property owners who wish to “opt in” to provide a 15-foot pedestrian realm, along with related amenities, in exchange for reduced building setback. The Transit Corridor designation also enables the City and METRO to address right-of-way requirements in advance of new development.

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