Residents who attended a METRO public workshop on future transportation needs in Missouri City heard an overview of the challenges that lie ahead for the region, viewed charts that outlined the expected growth in population and transit needs, inspected maps of proposed transportation routes, submitted comments and suggestions and plotted out their ideas on an interactive computer display.
During the June 28 meeting at the Community Center, Mayor Allen Owen spoke about the importance of a commuter rail line along US90A to Missouri City. He praised Congressman Al Green for his support of the project, which was approved in a 2003 referendum. Owen also cited the need for an alternative form of transportation for residents who work in the Texas Medical Center and for other major employers in Houston.
Missouri City resident Sheroy Haveliwala would like to see METRO extend its service into the city. “We live a couple of miles from the last METRO point for buses and if that bus service was extended into Missouri City proper, I would rather prefer going on METRO.” He added, “if METRO could provide bus service along Highway 6, and FM 1092/Murphy Road from Highway 59 South to Highway 6 that would take people to the park and ride, and would alleviate a lot of traffic during rush hour.”
Susan Fox, who lives in Quail Valley, expressed an interest in commuter rail that would not only extend to Missouri City, but also Sugar Land and Stafford. “I would love to see the light rail get out to Fort Bend County and I would really like for METRO to address some of the needs we have.”
According to METRO President and CEO George Greanias, the METRO Board is currently committed to the design and engineering work for the US90A/Southwest Rail Corridor extending to the West Sam Houston Tollway (Beltway 8) in Missouri City.
Greanias thanked residents for sharing their input. He said he sees two “challenges” for the “Show Me City”: “One is what kind of transportation system is needed inside the City and the other is how to connect Missouri City to the major employment centers in the region, including the Medical Center.” Greanias also said he is “surprised at how interested people are in having more transit of all kinds.”
METRO has held 23 similar meetings throughout the region in recent weeks. For updates, please watch the City’s website, missouricitytx.gov.