Houston’s East End receives $36.9M for underpasses that will help drivers avoid blocked trains

Jack Hanagriff, railroad safety and mobility coordinator at the East End Management District, talks about the railroad delays on York Street Monday, June 5, 2023, in Houston. Yi-Chin Lee/Staff photographer

Houston Chronicle:

The underpasses will address the delays and also provide better routing for emergency vehicles, said Jack Hanagriff, railroad safety and mobility coordinator for the East End Management District. Officials are still working on final design of the crossings, which will need to accommodate the growing redevelopment in the area, along with some business along the railroad tracks that have been there for decades and need reliable truck and commuting routes, Hanagriff said. Read more »

Working Toward Solutions: Leaders Continuing to Address Trains Blocking East End Crossings

Fox 26 Houston:

(Jack Hanagriff, the Rail Safety and Mobility Coordinator for the East End District) reports some improvements have been made since then. Railroad companies are starting to consolidate their resources into one operating area through dispatch – making communication easier between them. Mapping capabilities now include trouble spot crossings. The FRA’s Rail Crossing Locator app and website allow residents to report a problem at crossings. Read more »

  • November 18, 2022

New 17-acre East End project aims to make cars obsolete with walkable, ‘micro’ living

Rendering of the southwest corner of Roberts St. and Commerce St. showing “Roberts Row” (“RxR”), the name of a collection of shops and businesses along Roberts Street proposed within The Plant/Second Ward, a proposed adaptive reuse mixed- use project comprising historic warehouses, plazas, trails, and greenspaces adjacent to the Coffee Plant/Second Ward METRORail stop in the Second Ward. via CultivateLAND

Houston Chronicle:

Plans to turn a swath of the East End into a walkable district are getting larger and more ambitious – setting the groundwork for what could become Houston’s next 15-minute neighborhood — where everything a resident needs is within 15 minutes of walking distance. Read more »

Houston Chronicle: Inside Houston’s $25 million plan to transform Telephone Road

This rendering from a 2020 Houston-Galveston Area Council study on Greater Eastwood was included in the city of Houston’s application for a RAISE grant to transform Telephone Road starting in 2022.

Houston Chronicle

The city of Houston wants to transform Telephone Road into an oasis of vital transportation options for some of the city’s most underserved residents—and is asking that President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law fund many of the changes.

LINK Houston Releases Equity in Transit Report

LINK Houston:

An equitable transportation network starts with strong regional and local transportation policies and decisions so that the benefits of transportation, as well as the burdens, are fairly distributed across the Houston region’s 6.9 million people. Equitable, affordable transportation will help the region pursue inclusive economic growth that further advances equity in incomes, education, and health outcomes rather than widening disparities between under-resourced communities and resourced communities.

LINK Houston’s Equity in Transit Report examines current transit services in Houston, who rides transit, and the equitable distribution of transit options for those communities that need it the most. The report aims to inform conversation and decisions to ultimately improve equity in the bus and rail network, such as the frequency of the schedule, reliability of the bus’s arrival, the hours of availability of services, and the rider’s ease of access. These factors improve the ability of under-resourced communities – communities for which transit provides a much needed, affordable transportation option – to access opportunity.

Meet East End’s “Buñuelos Lady”

Houston Public Media:

Celia Diaz says she and her family cooked the treat, a fried tortilla sprinkled with cinnamon, to bring good luck for the New Year. Today, Diaz sells buñuelos to Houstonians in Denver Harbor, a neighborhood in Houston’s East End. She also sells her treats at the East End Farmers Market.