H-GAC 4-year transportation plan shows over $405M for multimodal projects for city of Houston

H-GAC 4-year transportation plan shows over $405M for multimodal projects for city of Houston Main Photo

8 Apr 2024

By: Melissa Enaje, Cassandra Jenkins, Jessica Shorten - Community Impact

The Houston-Galveston Area Council unveiled the 2025-28 Transportation Improvement Plan in an April 3 meeting, which allocated federal and state funding to transportation projects across eight counties throughout the Houston region.

Funding is allocated to the projects every four years as part of the 2045 regional transportation plan.

What's happening?

According to the TIP documents, the city of Houston received $405.48 million in funds for a number of projects, including but not limited to those listed below.

Reconfiguration of Shepherd-Durham Corridor: $50 million

   Travel lanes will be reconfigured from four to three lanes from West 15th Street to I-10.
   Roadways, including 11th, 12th and 14th streets, will be reconstructed with a bike lane and pedestrian crossing.

Northline Drive Bike Lane: $789,583

   A bike plan will be added on Northline Drive from Parker Road to Canino Road.

Gessner Drive widening projects: $40.8 million

   Gessner Drive from Briar Forest to Westheimer Road will widen from four to six lanes as well as from Westheimer to Richmond Avenue.
   Traffic signals will be replaced along the entire corridor.

Greens Road widening project: $16 million

   Greens Road from JFK Boulevard to Hwy. 69 will widen from two lanes to four divided lanes.

Antoine Drive reconstruction: $85.7 million

   Antoine Drive from Victory Drive to Hwy. 290 will widen from four to six lanes.
   Segments along the route will include pedestrian and bicycle accommodations.
   Reconstruction will include the addition of turn lanes, intersection improvements and a railroad-grade separation.

Harris County Flood Control District Channel design and construction: $3 million

   A 10-foot shared, multiuse trail will be designed and constructed with amenities, landscaping and benches from MKT Trail to White Oak Bayou Trail.

H-GAC also lists multiple transportation projects coinciding with bus routes within the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, also known as METRO.

Westheimer BOOST corridor project: $44 million

   The BOOST corridor—which stands for "bus operations optimized systems treatment" along Westheimer's Route 82 is a bus route that connects downtown Houston with Uptown, Greenway, Westchase and West Oaks.

Inner Katy corridor project: $316 million

   Constructing a multimodal bus rapid transit route that connects to high-occupancy vehicle lanes and the bust transit center

University Line corridor project: $1.57 billion

   Officials with METRO are working through the upcoming 25-mile University Corridor bus rapid transit lane that, upon completion, would be the longest bus rapid transit project in the U.S.

What else?

H-GAC will accept public comments regarding the proposed list of projects for the 2025-28 TIP through April 24. Public comments can be submitted online through the H-GAC comment portal. Once the public comment period is over, the project list will be finalized, and funding will be allocated in May based on any changes made, according to H-GAC officials. The public comment period is also open to local governmental agencies and counties for additional input regarding the final project list.

Full Story