Honda Cars in Central Region
The city of Houston is trying not only to become a destination for the auto industry but to improve traffic conditions at its four major intersections by encouraging motorists to stop and reroute through them.
“The City of Houston is asking other cities to join us in recognizing that there is tremendous talent and opportunity in the city and this is about trying to make sure we’re working together on what drives people,” said city Planning Deputy Bill White.
White has already heard from drivers in various states who say they want to see their cars get back to Houston and help the city keep its congestion rate relatively low. The idea is to create a partnership between city agencies and help cities help meet their transportation needs.
It seems to have worked! And in fact, Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s office had a few meetings this week with Uber, Lyft and others to review how they can build support for the new program.
“This program is designed as a first step toward creating real, comprehensive partnerships, not just a handful of companies. It’s working. Our city will be able to use this innovative public trust for years to come,” Parker says. “And we hope Mayor Gray will embrace that and make sure we meet demand for car rides and make it a priority for business and residents. So we hope those things will continue to occur for years to come.”
That’s the hope. That hope goes both ways.