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The goal of this thread is collect and house everyone's recommendations, tweaks, alternations, alternatives, etc... that they would like to see to Metro Next. The current draft which was exhibited this past summer is below: http://ridemetro.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=5&clip_id=1651 Metro's call for further input on the draft prior to an upcoming referendum in 2019: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2018/11/23/312741/metro-moves-to-the-next-phase-in-developing-a-regional-transit-plan/ Whether planned or in response to the recent political shift (or both). The winds are changing and with that is a chance to broaden and enrich Metro's vision for their overall goals (2040 vision) and what could be achievable in the upcoming referendum (2019 referendum vision). I'm curious what the community here thinks is possible. This is without thinking about budgets or costs since we don't know what that could be. Assume for right now you can get what you want (within logical reason of course). What are your ideas or proposals? Light rail? regional rail? BRT? Links to HSR? Connections to Airports? Do you have an idea for an entire system and how it would work or do you just have idea for a small portion? Is this for the upcoming referendum or for what you want in Houston by 2040? Its open forum. Lets try to not stomp on any ideas. Later, if this is a successful thread we can have a thread where we get more critical. I'm partly doing this to get more engagement on this forum, tbh, lately its felt a bit stagnant (with the disappearance of the reaction buttons, etc...).
The Houston Section of the American Planning Association Texas Chapter is hosting its fall signature event, " The Texas Big Six 2040 Workshop". With a horizon year of 2040, the planning directors from Texas' six largest cities, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, will present about the major plans, policies, and projects currently underway that will shape the livability, resiliency, and competitiveness of these cities and our region's future. This is one of the few times in history the planning directors from the states' largest cities have been convened for a single workshop and panel discussion. The panelist include: Greg Guernsey, Director of Planning, City of AustinDavid Cossum, Director of Sustainability and Construction, City of DallasCarlos Gallinar, Deputy Director of City Development and Planning, City of El PasoRandle Harwood, Director of Planning and Development, City of Fort WorthPat Walsh, Director of Planning and Development, City of HoustonJohn Dugan, Director of Planning, City of San AntonioKeynote Speaker: Andrew Howard, Team Better BlockOur panelist will provide exciting presentations about how our cities and region will mature from 20th century cities into 21st century metropolises that are livable, desirable world-class places that sustain the health, vitality, and happiness of residents, businesses, and visitors. In addition, ample time has been set aside for conversations and questions between the audience and panelist. Don't miss this opportunity and register now! The Texas Big Six 2040 Signature Workshop Friday, November 21, 2014 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Texas Southern University Barbara Jordan Mickey Leeland School of Public Affairs Cleburne St at Tierwester St Houston, TX 77004 Registration is required. Please register at this link or see the flyer: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-texas-big-six-2040-conversations-about-our-future-registration-13367160537 For more information contact Houston APA at firstname.lastname@example.org Big Six Workshop.pdf