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Beat the Traffic: Suggest new METRO routes with interactive map

by Katherine Whaley / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on June 2, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 2 at 2:46 PM

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Cars pack the streets of Houston today, but can you imagine traffic in ten years? Twenty years?  Metro is hosting meetings to get your input on Houston's future transportation needs.

"We want the public to come out and share their thought on how to keep people mobile in the region," Kimberly Slaughter, METRO Senior Vice President of Service Design and Development told KHOU 11 News.

If you can't make it to the meeting you can still give your input, and you can even suggest your own future metro route.  All you have to do is draw it on Metro's online interactive map.  For example, you can suggest a Metro service route that takes you from your home in south Houston, to your dry cleaner off the South Loop, to where you take night classes.  All you have to do is mark the map and click "submit." 

"You literally get to be a transit planner -- you draw in where you think transit should be," Slaughter said.  METRO says it will use that info to revise the long range plan, which could include streetcars, commuter rail, light rail, and HOV lanes.

"You know your community better than anybody else does, because you drive your community every single day, you make your trip to work every day to school to the dry cleaners, you know what it is that would make your life easier and easier to get around," Slaughter said.  Because speaking up now, could help you beat the traffic later. 

For a link to metro's route planner, click here:

http://www.ridemetro.org/METROVision/Default.aspx

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