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METRO Vote (ref. Bill King article in 11.08.12 Houston Chronicle)

Nov 12, 2012 | No Comments

(Response to “King: Metro Vote Means End of Light Rail Project,” Houston Chronicle, November 8, 2012) Bill King may be right about one thing – voter approval of the METRO referendum effectively kills light rail transit expansion for the foreseeable future. But King is dead wrong about the essential role of rail transit in making ...

What now?

Nov 8, 2012 | No Comments

While it is certainly true that voters effectively ended the great Houston light rail expansion, it is clearly not true that they intended to do that when they mistakenly voted “For” Metro on Tuesday. The confusion that all poll workers encountered about this issue was amazing, considering how passionate most voters were in their expressions ...

FACT: The Houston region plans to spend $330.55 or more per person on roads in the next year, more than other any major metro are in the country.

Nov 6, 2012 | No Comments

More roads lead to more cars on the road.  A strong transit system gets people out of their cars, saving them money on gas, maintenance, insurance, and parking.  Transit is a healthier option too, improving overall air quality and personal fitness. In Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, and San Francisco commuters can park the car and make ...

Response to Mayor Parker’s comments in the Houston Chronicle

Nov 5, 2012 | No Comments

Response to Mayor Parker’s comments in the Houston Chronicle [http://www.chron.com/default/article/Future-of-rail-riding-on-the-Metro-referendum-4004808.php]: In a Chronicle article about the Metro referendum, Mayor Parker makes several statements that are misleading. First, the article reports this: “Mayor Annise Parker and the chairman she appointed to the Metro board, Gilbert Garcia, insist that passage of the proposition makes rail expansion more ...

One reason I’m voting AGAINST the Metro Referendum.

Nov 3, 2012 | No Comments

I recently traveled to Washington D.C. Arriving at Washington Reagan National Airport, I walked to the light rail stop just outside the terminal.  Only 20 minutes later I got off the train and walked a block to my hotel.  But back in Houston I had to drive my car to the airport, park it in ...

FACT: Returning the ¼¢ to Metro adds $2.5 billion to Metro’s revenues over the next 10 years.

Nov 2, 2012 | No Comments

          That $2.5 billion can build a lot of bus and rail service.  But the only way to return that money to Metro is to vote AGAINST the referendum.  Vote AGAINST the referendum so that Metro can complete the plan you, the voters, approved in 2003.