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60022-1 Report Abstract

A Study of Transit Alternatives in the Houston-Belt-TSU Railroad Corridor

Khosro Godazi, Carol A. Lewis and Iklas Sabouni, Texas Southern University, April, 1993, 37 pp.

Railway operations have been discontinued in the Houston Belt and Terminal corridor which traverses southeast Houston and the Texas Southern University campus. The local transit authority has had several rail alternatives proposed for the corridor. While transit development of the railroad corridor would be expected to improve mobility in near southeast Houston, little effort had been focused on the range of options available for this corridor or the affect the alternatives would have on the Texas Southern University campus.

This study focuses on the assessment of four basic alternatives from the perspective of advantages and utility to the Texas Southern community. The methodology and recommendations are to provide a basis for discussion for decision makers and a framework for analysis by others examining potential uses for abandoned railroads.

Energy savings from this project will result with the increase in non-motor accessibility to the Texas Southern University Campus via the recommended alternative. This application can be extended to other communities in Texas to further encourage alternative pedestrian and bicycle travel.

Keywords: Transportation Pedestrian Way, Pedestrian/Bikeway, Tranist Uses in Railroad Right-of-Way, Transportation Alternatives, Transportation Financing Options

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