Anyone who has been in Houston for more than a minute knows that one of the city’s biggest drawbacks is the lack of public transportation. Luckily, we already have a lot of the bones in place for what could become a transformative change: the Bayou Greenways 2020 project, the new bus lanes and bike plan, the recently approved METRONext bonds, and the city’s Walkable Places committee among them. But in the coming years the various agencies behind these endeavors must get together to connect them and build on them to create a solid network that can reliably get everyone across the city. “For us at LINK Houston, that means we want to see METRONext and other programs implemented in an equitable way, starting in neighborhoods that need improvements the most, so that everyone is able to get to any location in the city, regardless of age, ability, language, or any other factors,” Oni Blair, executive director of LINK Houston, says. “Voters have clearly demonstrated that people favor more transit improvements and more public transportation options in general. Some plans will take time to put into place, but there are a lot of smaller service adjustments—like improving bus stops and cutting wait times—that can be enacted quickly and will benefit people almost immediately.” 

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