Metro plans to invest half a million dollars in the city’s bike share system to improve connectivity to buses and trains.
According to the Houston Chronicle’s Dug Begley, the region’s Metropolitan Transit Authority could take over Houston’s bike share system. The change could boost efforts to better integrate bike share into the city’s public transit system and provide efficient options for multimodal transportation in more neighborhoods. “The proposal would give the nonprofit and Metro six to nine months to work together on the system and then have Metro officials develop a plan for continuing the bike sharing initiative.”
The system was launched in 2012 and has grown to almost 1,000 bikes and e-bikes and 153 stations. More recently, its future has been under question, with half of stations closed in November to cut costs during the winter. “The hope, At-large Houston City Councilmember Sallie Alcorn said, is that Metro adds to and does not subtract from what already is available and popular with users.” Meanwhile, the agency plans to examine how it can more equitably distribute bikes and stations to neighborhoods that have been overlooked. Sprawling, auto-oriented Houston is building out its bike infrastructure, making an ambitious pledge to add thousands of miles of bike lanes and trails.
Indiana Once Again Considering Ban on Dedicated Transit Lanes
The proposed legislation would impact the construction of planned IndyGo Blue Line, the third phase of the city’s bus rapid transit system.
LA’s ‘Spongy’ Infrastructure Captured Almost 9 Billion Gallons of Water
The city is turning away from stormwater management practices that shuttle water to the ocean, building infrastructure that collects and directs it underground instead.
Investors Snapping Up Record-High Number of Affordable Homes
High interest rates and record-high prices are driving investors to focus on homes in the lower price tier, exacerbating inventory shortages and pushing regular home buyers out of the market.
Federal Office Conversion Program Slow to Start
To date, no loans have closed through a federal program meant to spur office-to-residential conversions.
How Capturing Rainwater Can Make Cities Safer, More Resilient
Green infrastructure can help prevent flooding and replenish groundwater supplies, preventing subsidence that makes land sink.
Boston’s Blue Hill Avenue to Get BRT, Safety Improvements
The key bus corridor serves over 37,000 bus riders daily.
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