If you have friends moving to Houston from a different state, one of the things you tell them is to make sure they have a good car, right? Well some people in the city think that’s changing.
Those people, like Rice's Stephen Klineberg, think more people would rather not rely on their car to get everywhere they need to go around town.
"More of us are older and are empty nesters. They don’t want the two hour drive every day to get to and from work,” Klineberg told KTRH.
He says times have changed, and so has the way many of you think.
“The car worked beautifully when there was open space. Now people don’t complain about crime. They complain about traffic,” Klineberg said.
And he has numbers to back it up. In a new poll, 51% of Harris County residents said that they'd like to live closer to work and the stores they use. But Klineberg says if things are really going to change, Houston's public transportation system has got to get beefed up.
“You have to build it in the hopes this will stimulate the density around the transit stops. But it’s happening already in a very clear way in Houston,” Klineberg explained.
He says that process has already begun with the expansion of the light rail system. But it’s only begun, and more money is needed to build the system up to where it will eventually need to be.
“There is an opportunity to provide alternatives. But it’s a big job to transform from a totally automobile dependent city into one that has different modes of transportation,” Klineberg explained.
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