METRO has embarked on a 25-stop summer “listening tour” seeking public input on how best to develop a new regional transit plan designed to meet the demands of an urban area that by 2040 is projected to swell to 10 million people.
The transit authority is making a stop in The Energy Corridor District with a community open house 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, August 8, at the Wyndham Houston West Energy Corridor, 14703 Park Row Boulevard.
“METRO is coming to a neighborhood near you for input on what should happen next to keep the region moving,” explained Luis Garcia, METRO public affairs.
Billed as a "listening tour," METRONext, as the effort is called, is designed to build on past successes, examine what works now and prepare for the region's growth, according to Garcia.
And METRO really wants the public’s ideas, whatever they may be – from traditional transit solutions to cutting-edge ones.
“Success of this critical plan depends on community engagement,” explained METROBoard Chair Carrin Patman.
METRO hopes the tour will give the authority a deeper understanding of the region’s vision for transit.
"We hope people make the time to attend these meetings,” said Tom Lambert, METRO president and CEO. “It's not for us to tell the public what's next for transit, but for the community to tell us."
The Energy Corridor District has long been proactive in working with METRO to improve transit services, from seeking shorter wait times for buses to developing a long-range master plan that could turn the Addicks Park and Ride into a mixed-use, multimodal transit hub.
For a schedule of METRO open houses – or to provide input via an online form, visit ridemetro.org.