What a busy and exciting year 2009 has been! The Energy Corridor District continued advancing transportation options, serving as an environmentally responsible leader in the Houston community, and contributing to the community.
With JARC funding recently approved, the METRO 75 Energy Corridor Circulator will soon be making transportation around the area even easier. With plans for facilitating alternative transportation in the area even further, the District and the National Park Service turned to the community in September 2009 after two years of preparation to get feedback from the community on the proposed West Houston Trails Master Plan. The trail master plan, which is still under development, encompasses 113,000 acres within a 6-mile radius centered at the intersection of IH-10 and State Highway 6. The goal of the West Houston Trails Master Plan is to develop a shared-use trail system that will connect existing and future trails throughout West Houston to increase alternative transportation opportunities, outdoor recreation, and riparian restoration while linking residential communities and business centers.
Adding to the Energy Corridor District’s success as a place for both work and play, Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) selected the Energy Corridor to receive federal funding to allocate toward furthering the creation of the District as a pedestrian, bicycle and transit friendly area as part of the Livable Centers Program. The Livable Centers Plan encompasses the area within a one mile cycling and walking distance of the future Energy Corridor Transit Center at the Addicks Park & Ride Lot. The 20-year plan will develop the area as a mixed-use transit-oriented development with pedestrian connections bridging IH 10 to existing and future development on both sides of the highway. H-GAC also recognized the Energy Corridor District as a Clean Air Champion for its voluntary contributions to improving the region’s air quality. The District is improving air quality through such efforts as allowing for alternative work schedules (flex or compressed) and offering incentives to encourage employees to use alternative transportation.
Most significant, TxDOT finished the IH 10 Reconstruction Project in 2009 and the Energy Corridor District is keeping it clean and mowed until TxDOT bids the tree plantings and other landscape enhancements in 2010.
Valuing the importance of providing services to residents in the area, the District hosted its 2nd Biannual E-Recycle and Shredding Day where approximately 765 cars, trucks and vans were unloaded, recycling more than 42,673 pounds of electronic equipment. Additionally, the District sponsored the 3rd annual Energy Capital Run to raise funds and awareness for The Joint Association to Stop Spina Bifida.
With the METRO 75 Energy Corridor Circulator set to begin operation on January 25 and the new Belle Sherman Kendall Library set to open in March, 2010 is already poised to be an equally exciting year in the District.