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Greater Northside Management District
615 N. Loop E., Suite 104
City of Houston
Division Manager, Transportation Planning
Main Street Safe Access to Transit Enhancements
Fulton, North Main, Boundary, Brooks, and Freeman.
North Main Street from Burnett St to Henry St, and Morris St to Boundary St (east and west sides); Boundary Street from N. Main St. to Fulton St. (north and south sides); Fulton Street from Boundary St. to Hays St. (east and west sides);Brooks Street from N. Main St. to Freeman St. (north and south sides); Freeman Street from Brooks St. to Burnett St. (east side);Fulton St. from Rebecca St. to Berry Rd. (east side) and from Meadow Lea Dr. to Berry Rd. (west side).
Currently, the project area is supported by the North Line LRT but suffers from crime, vagrancy, and an aesthetic that generally feels unsafe, especially in the morning and evening. The lack of appropriate pedestrian-sensitive infrastructure, such as pedestrian lighting influences the perception of safety and deters the use of existing pedestrian and transit facilities. This perception harms ridership and limits pedestrian activity and economic development along this area of the LRT.
The METRO Rail Red Line corridor comprised of North Main, Boundary, and Fulton Streets lackpedestrian lighting. These conditions make it difficult for residents and visitors to access the METRO rail and fixed-route bus services in the area.
The proposed project consists of the installation of pedestrian lighting, trash receptacles, and bike racks along the following streets:
• North Main Street from Burnett St to Henry St, and Morris St to Boundary St (east and west sides);
• Boundary Street from N. Main St. to Fulton St. (north and south sides);
• Fulton Street from Boundary St. to Hays St. (east and west sides);
• Brooks Street from N. Main St. to Freeman St. (north and south sides);
• Freeman Street from Brooks St. to Burnett St. (east side);
• Fulton St. from Rebecca St. to Berry Rd. (east side) and from Meadow Lea Dr. to Berry Rd. (west side).
Note that the sidewalks along these corridors are mostly in good condition. These were updated by METRO with the implementation of the rail line. Lighting is present immediately adjacent to rail platforms, leaving most of the corridor in the dark for pedestrians and transit users.
The outcomes to be achieved by the project are multi-faceted:
Improve Safety – There was one pedestrian related crash and two bike related crashes between 2015 and 2017 along the project corridor, with one resulting in a fatality. Two of the crashes took place during the evening, under dark conditions. Improving walkability of this segment will lead to a measurable reduction in crashes and thereby improve safety and reduce the economic costs of crashes along the corridor. A major safety aspect to be addressed by this project are the number of crime or violence-related incidents along this area of the LRT. The data that is available indicates that violent incidents happened on average about 62 times per year from 2014 through 2017. The proposed improvements are expected to significantly reduce these incidents.
Studies have shown that lighting can improve the sense of security and aesthetic quality, therefore improving quality of life. Improvements to the back-of-curb will bring about the reinvestment of the corridor and elevate foot traffic throughout the entire corridor. Increased foot traffic would help further create a sense of place and safety.
Improve connectivity, access, and mobility – Streetscape, sidewalk improvements and related amenities will facilitate connectivity between residential properties along the corridor, nearby schools (six schools within ¼ mile and 5 schools within ½ mile), and other services. Sidewalk facilities will promote connectivity within the regional transit network. There are currently 60 transit stops along 11 routes within a ¼ mile of the project corridor and 64 transit stops along 16 routes within ½ miles of the project corridor.
Facilitate economic development – Improvements to the pedestrian environment can increase the property values of residential and commercial properties. Pedestrian improvements would result in $1,438,000 in tax benefits due to the increased property values over the 20-year planning horizon. This will help achieve transit-oriented development goals in this area.
Less than $100 million
(Expand) Transit Passenger Facilities
View Uploaded File: GNMD Local Funding Commitment.pdf.pdf
Categorical Exclusion (CE)
(c)(13) Federally-funded projects: (i) That receive less than $5,000,000 of Federal funds; or (ii) With a total estimated cost of not more than $30,000,000 and Federal funds comprising less than 15 percent of the total estimated project cost
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View Uploaded File: Main Street Safe Access to Transit Enhancements Timeline.xlsx
This project will involve no right-of-way acquisition and can be completed in an expeditious manner. The District desires to implement solar scale lighting which will avoid a significant amount of infrastructure disruption. The District will coordinate with the City of Houston and Houston METRO on the exact placement and design of the lighting to be installed.
The District is aware that there is no specific category for a project of this type within the 2018 Call for Projects. However, the District feels that these types of improvements are critical to supporting existing pedestrian-transit infrastructure within the City of Houston.
Also note that the Main Street Safe Access to Transit Enhancements project was originally titled "Main-Boundary-Fulton Safe Access to Transit "; therefore the reference to the latter title in some of the letters of support.
View Uploaded File: GNMD - Main Street TIP Readiness Materials.zip
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View Uploaded File: Main Street Safe Access to Transit Enhancements Budget.xlsx
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View Uploaded File: Facility Maintenance Plan.docx
The Houston METRO Transit Oriented Development Study, completed in 2015, recommends the enhancement of lighting to include pedestrian scale lighting along the Northline LRT corridor. The study is attached with the application materials. The Northside District has coordinated with Houston METRO regarding the installation of lighting along the locations identified in this TIP request. This coordination occurred via several teleconferences and meetings in early 2018.
a. Houston METRO Transit Oriented Development Study: https://www.ridemetro.org/MetroPDFs/AboutMETRO/CurrentProjects/TransitOrientedDevelopment/METRO_TOD_Report_North_Corridor_Final_022216.pdf
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The facility improvements will primarily be used by Houston METRO. However, the Houston METRO LRT provides access to several activity centers, to include the Texas Medical Center and Downtown Houston. Access to the regional park and ride network can be accessed from these locations, to include The Woodlands Express, the Conroe Connection, and Fort Bend County Transit.
Houston-Galveston Area Council