West Houston Association Board of
Directors--September 29, 2003
Statement on Mobility
One of, if not the primary key to
future is its ability to successfully address the challenges of current
and future congestion. Recognizing that mobility funds are finite,
these funds must be directed in a manner that will achieve the greatest
reduction in congestion for the funds invested. The West Houston
Association applies a very simple test in assessing mobility plans:
must be utilized in the most efficient manner and yield the greatest
impact (cost/benefit) on congestion relief;
must be analyzed on the same basis and ranked accordingly.
An extensive review of currently available data clearly demonstrates that
in order for our region to improve its mobility, we must be willing to
commit to a much greater investment in all transportation systems,
including both roadways and transit. The planning, design and
implementation of these systems must correlate to our region’s dispersed
population and employment centers.
In order to effectively plan for our region’s future needs, all agencies
and elected officials with responsibility for these systems must begin to
work together in a unified and cohesive manner. No one agency should
be planning systems without involvement and buy-in from all the agencies
involved in this effort. There simply are not sufficient funds to
allow this to continue.
The 100% Solution process being crafted by the traffic planners at the
Houston-Galveston Area Council realizes that in excess of 95% of daily
passenger trips are currently and will continue to be served through
non-transit means. The 100% Solution process:
Houston’s employment is widely dispersed with less than 10% of our
region’s employment located downtown,
additional capacity where needed,
thoroughfares into “super-streets” with grade separated intersections,
Provides for a
region-wide computerized traffic signalization system, and
transit should be an element in its plan.
Recognizing that congestion does not stop at governmental boundaries, we
urge that a far more comprehensive, integrated and balanced plan—a plan
that takes into account the reality of finite funding and the cost/benefit
of each mobility component—be developed between Metro, the City of
Houston, the Transportation Policy Council, Harris and surrounding
counties and TxDOT. The time is now for our elected officials and
community leaders to commit to take this bold step forward.
Accordingly, the West Houston Association Board of Directors recommends
that the impending Metro referendum be postponed until an integrated plan
can be crafted.