The Energy Corridor District was recently selected by the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) 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 Center Plan is for 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.
To residents and employees in the area, this grant money will improve connectivity between existing neighborhoods and developments, provide an accessible pedestrian/bicyclist environment, strengthen accessibility to transit and improve pedestrian/bicyclist safety. The project has the potential to connect 30,000 acres of parklands to neighborhoods and businesses creating a destination for visitors, a more desirable place to live and a special work environment that will contribute to retaining and attracting the best workers to Houston’s energy companies. This increased availability of alternative transportation also will help reduce air emissions by encouraging more people to drive less.
Additionally, a parking management plan for the area will encourage more high quality infill development that is sustainable with a positive impact on the environment. This grant will further the Energy Corridor District’s goal of becoming the westside transit hub for Houston and a pedestrian and bicycle friendly community.