The Woodlands Transit Plan

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The rapid growth of employment centers and residential developments within and adjacent to The Woodlands Township will increase the strain on the area’s existing roadway system. Transit programs could expand user choices for connecting to employment and activity centers and help support employment and residential growth.

H-GAC, in collaboration with The Woodlands Township, is developing The Woodlands Transit Plan. This comprehensive transit study is taking a fresh look at transit, looking at ways the services currently provided could be improved or complemented with new services. The study will result in a prioritized list of potential transit projects to be considered as future funding opportunities arise.

 

41 thoughts on “The Woodlands Transit Plan

  1. Transit plans of this nature do nothing but spoil the very things that attracted people to the area in the first place! The Woodlands is a suburban community NOT urban…which is evidently what your organization wants to promote.

    I watched what happened to the 1960 area as a result of this “forward” thinking: the place is now a hell-hole.

    Take your “planning” and go back to the east or left coasts – THEY will appreciate it.

    • I believe a transit plan would good for the surrounding areas, as it would help with some of the car conjestion problems, as this area has expanded over the last 10 years.

      • I agree, not just locally, but for all of Greater Houston. We need to end the days of limitless road expansion for the sake of reducing pollution and preserving the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Road expansion creates more traffic problems; it does note relieve them in the long run.

    • Implementing a transit plan will be devastating to the Woodlands if it involves a route outside the Woodlands area. For example, if Metro is allowed to have access to the Woodlands all it will do is bus in crime. This is exactly what happened to the 1960/Willowbrook area. This was a decent and relatively safe area until the Metro line was expanded to include this area. I will not shop in the area because of the increase in crime. The Woodlands is not an urban area nor should it be considered one.

    • I agree. Traffic needs to be routed around The Woodlands, not thru it. Beware those looking for short tem profit on all out development – they will take the money and run, leaving residents with the long term fall-out.

    • I agree. I was born in The Woodlands 30 years ago and have seen it go from good to great to mediocre. Howard Hughes cares only about profit margins, forfeiting the “dream” Mitchell envisioned all those years ago. I used to bleed Woodlands pride, but now it’s become more of a headache and depression point. I live, work, and play in The Woodlands, but fear that “the dream” is all but over. I’ll gladly give back my home appreciation for The Woodlands of a decade ago.

      Take a look at the crime figures for inside The Woodlands after Kuykendahl, Woodlands Parkway, and Research Forest were all made ingress/egress points in the back. Add a metro bus stop and I’m done with this place. Watch the bubble pop. Those clamoring for better transit plans are the reason The Woodlands is deteriorating. They miss the point of why many of us loved the community in the first place. Alden Bridge used to be a phenomenal place to live, but now with Kuykendahl and Research open, I can’t go for a run without some car stopping in front of me to ask where “Wals-mart” is. Good job.

      Maybe instead of transit plans involving bussing in crime, you should make bike lanes and incentivize biking to work. I’d wager there’s a fair amount of us who live and work in The Woodlands who would gladly bike to work if it wasn’t immensely dangerous, especially if you pull a France and pay us per mile [kilometer] biked.

      • Before I moved here I read about Mitchell’s vision and I loved it. Then I moved here. While TW is a great, safe place to live, they are overdeveloping and definitely not using the same principles as Mr. Mitchell seemed to have for preservation and good planning. I agree that money seems to be more of the motivation than principles. It is sad because George Mitchell really had great ideas.

  2. please consider expanding the bus service to areas outside the Town Center. As people age in this community and it has become more congested from cars; small buses that traveled the whole community and all the shopping areas, library’s etc would be an asset. I have seen nothing addressing this option in the planning.

  3. Right on Jim. My “forward” thinking and “planning” includes moving the hell out of here and to the country as far away as possible. All us Texans know the out of state transplants move to the area due the screwed up mess in the states from which they came. It’s only a matter of time before we’re there. What a brilliant strategy – keep the economy depressed long enough to force migration from blue to red states. Surely those folks moving here are as conservative as you and I? The seed is planted, the end is not far off.

    • They will only stay until the infrastructure wears out and the cheap labor unionizes. Then we can have it back.

  4. Woodlands Mobility Plans, I have lived on both sides of 45 and love the woodlands side, but the stark difference of rayford road east of 45 is a disaster. Poor planning or no planning, Ugly and too many signs, more and more uncontrolled business growth. The traffic is incredibly bad. We need more trees, zoning. The daily accidents on this road is incredible. Its an eye-sore and I avoid the whole area, even though im forced to drive it sometimes. Maybe when the woodlands because a city or whatever they are discussing they can impose some restrictions. This whole area is a disaster, however where can I move , conroe? back in to Houston? No, ill look for a house buried in the trees in the woodlands again and suffer the results of traffic, crime and gridlock. Too bad Mr Mitchell did not include this part of rafford road.

    Positive notes, give us a north \south route to 242 on the east side of 45, from rayford road. Give me a better way to get to our beautiful mall and town center area. More police to deter crimes? Stop oak ridge police from making money off of the feeder road, people just slam on there breaks.

  5. When we first moved to The Woodlands in 1992, we were impressed that it was MASTER PLANNED. We thought that meant controlling growth to enhance the lives of the residents.
    A video tape showing The Woodlands as a “quiet hometown focusing on the natural beauty of the area” was then available at the home finder center.
    Over the years, we have lived in many areas, both in the north and south of the U.S.
    Several places were growing, seemingly unplanned, with all the problems that THE WOODLANDS as well as OAK RIDGE AND SHENANDOAH, are now facing. Those places appointed committees to study how successful communities have planned for growth. Sadly THE WOODLANDS was an example of how a MASTER PLANNED COMMUNITY can avoid over-crowded roads, schools and strained infrastructures.

    Greedy development companies have ruined this neighborhood. It is ironic to say we were MASTER PLANNED.
    The growth needs to stop in order to control the traffic. Widening roads only encourages further growth. Businesses must be taxed to cover the loads they put on our roadways. We need a transit system from outlying areas to downtown Houston as well as other heavily commuted destinations.
    ……And the water issues, Lake Conroe is being used as a water source for this area because of a shortage of water here. What happens if the series of droughts years continues?
    Residents are asked to conserve water as more and more businesses as well as hotels and multiple family homes are built. None of this makes any sense.

  6. Yes, a transportation improvement plan would be welcome. However, a feel-good input program from the residents won’t help you much. You know what to do: get a competant consultant firm engaged. The problems could have been anticipated, arising from over-growth. Think about the rush hour problems, for example, on Lake Woodlands Drive – already very bad at rush hour – when all the new office buildings in Hughes Landing daily discharge that large workforce. It may be timely to review how congruent the current GGP/WDC development plan is with nice words about the quality of life in The Woodlands in the Vision Statement for The Woodlands.

    • It’s business growth versus quality of life. Don’t think it isn’t. We need to push for traffic to go around the Woodlands, not through it or we will look just like all the chopped up neighborhoods in Houston. I’m native – I’ve watched it happen. The pro-business people want no limits at all. They have no interest at all in long quality of life.

  7. I’m a member of the Alden Bridge Village Association (ABVA) Board, but the following is personal opinion and does not represent any position taken by ABVA.

    I’m curious — at Hughes Landing, some 40 acres of wooded area has been completely “mowed down / clear cut,” by Howard Hughes Corp (aka The Woodlands Development Company – TWDC). But if we want to remove one 6”+ tree from our home area, we need a permit to do so. Interesting situation.

    And, does part of the “master plan” for Hughes Landing require TWDC to improve the roadways and traffic control to handle the huge increase in traffic that will empty onto Research Forest Dr. and Lake Woodlands Dr.? Seems to me that would be a proper “Transit Plan.” I suspect TWDC will hide behind “The Woodlands Master Plan,” and will contribute nothing, and the community will be left with yet another traffic mess.

    TWDC developed the entire area west of Kuykendahl, and this brought significant traffic volume to Woodlands Parkway. But who paid for the road improvements to handle it? Not TWDC. The WRUD (Woodlands Road Utility District) paid for it with “taxes from commercial property owners and businesses.” And we’re supposed to believe those commercial property owners and businesses did not pass those taxes along in the prices of the products and services we all buy? If you think residents ultimately didn’t pay for those roadway expansions, then talk to me about a “famous bridge” I own in NYC!

    Related to this is the development of Creekside Park. Will TWDC be required to build 2nd bridge spans across Spring Creek on both Kuykendahl and Gosling? Is this not part of a “Transit Plan?” TWDC is the entity causing the traffic flows to increase. Let them pay the money to handle the traffic increase, not all the rest of us.

    I’m beginning to question if a “Master Plan” for The Woodlands really exists, when TWDC can do just about anything it wants to do, with no responsibility for paying for the road and traffic infrastructure needed to handle the additional traffic their developments cause.

    Now onto a couple of congestion spots on I-45 that need attention.

    First, I’m wondering if the City of Oak Ridge North would support the closure of the ramp from the feeder to I-45 N just south of the flyover exit to Woodlands Parkway. That area gets seriously congested and hazardous due to drivers entering the freeway a short distance from the flyover, but who don’t want to exit to the flyover. There is another entrance ramp to I-45 N not too far north.

    Second, the Rayford – Sawdust / I-45 / Hardy Toll Road corridor also is a mess. Now, Grand Parkway will add yet more traffic to that already congested area. Is there any plan to re-design that entire merge and exit mechanism around Rayford – Sawdust? I realize Harris County, HCTRA, TXDOT and Montgomery County all have an interest in that area, so let’s at least start thinking about possible solutions.

    • Mitchell was brilliant. He died, and Howard Hughes plundered and pillaged the dream for a quick buck. They’re hiding behind the “Master Planned” but in essence, this is not what Mitchell envisioned. I mean, Hughes Landing? For real? The Pavilion is named after Mitchell’s wife but come on. Hughes Landing is as horrid a name as I can fathom. Conceited money grabbing douches.

      I never ever thought I’d leave; I envisioned retiring here and walking to breakfast every day. I’m 2-3 years of this growth away from leaving for good. The only question is, what’s next? Woodforest is nice but too small and not adequately built out. Willis? Huntsville? New Averly?

  8. The residents of The Woodlands need to guard their long-term quality of life. Business interests are looking for short term profits on all out development – at individual property owners’ expense. Move traffic around, not through The Woodlands. Charge much higher water and sewer rates for high density development. Require development to use good quality soils for water retention and to replace removed trees & lost green space. The general public gains much, much less from development than the developers, particularly in the long term.

  9. METRO was the decline of the 1960s area? You’ve got to be joking. Neighborhoods age, demographics change. METRO service in an area is really just one effect of that, not the cause.

    I like Jim’s denial that The Woodlands is becoming more and more urban. You should get your suburban buddies together to sign a petition to ask Anadarko, Exxon, et. al. to leave.

    It’s not in TWDCs best interest for this to remain just a community of homes. Without some regulations in place, there’s nothing to stop them from planning what is best for their bottom line. Thinking that it would remain some delightful, uncongested community of neighboorhoods, schools and retail is a bit naive.

    Congestion on 45 near Hardy Toll Road in the evenings is as bad as congestion on 45 around downtown. I drive them every day. I’m scared for what it will look like once Exxon opens up and when more companies setup in places like Hughes landing and the Town Center area. More neighborhoods are being built and traffic is getting worse and worse. Addding lanes is not scalable. I think these guys are just looking into some intermediate mitigation plans and also thinking about what the long term future may hold.

    People will take alternative transportation methods to cars when they either 1) have to because they don’t drive (age, disability, no car/license) or 2) it is significantly easier/cheaper than driving (congestion, parking, gas cost). Regarding 1) there’s probably not enough people in this situation up here. For 2), traffic is bad but not bad enough that people really want to seek alternatives except for commuters using the 45 or HTR corridor like me. I have it a little better than most because I’m a reverse commuter.

    • metro WAS/IS the major cause of decline in the 1960 area. Yes neighborhoods age as did those of Champions, Geenwood Forrest, et al…and within the boundaries of the neighborhoods, little has changed except the crime rates! Walk out of the neighborhoods though, and you are greeted by trashed streets. Along most of 1960, where once were upscale stores now there are discount stores. Busy intersections that were “fun” to traverse in the past are now treacherous due to pedestrians obeying no laws and crossing 100+ feet from the actual intersection…usually between stopped cars. The 1960 area was NOT desgined with urban life in mind: no sidewalks is an excellent example.

      The “front” of the Woodlands has always been the “business” end of the development – and easy access to the freeway allows it to continue as such. Buses running through the neighborhoods may sound like a good idea for the very, very small percentage of mobility impaired RESIDENTS that live here but, NEWS FLASH: put a bus service in and the vast majority of the riders will be people that couldn’t get/live here before because of their economic situation.

      Just a couple of weeks ago there was an incident invoving an attempted rape at the apaprtment complex at Sterling ridge – there were over 6 adult males living in one apartment. Obviously, alone, not one of them could afford the $1000+/month rent so they pooled their resources to get into a 2/3 bedroom – let me tell you, they’d just love it if there was bus service!

      I wonder Justin: do you even live here?

      • Jim-

        I live near the TX Medical Center. I grew up in the Klein area and lived there for 20+ years including much of the time that you claim METRO was a major cause of decline of the 1960 area. I work in the Woodlands currently. I think this gives me a pretty well rounded view. Again, your claim that METRO is a major cause of decline is ridiculous. You really think that without METRO the 1960 area would be a signficantly different place? That’s quite a claim.

        As neighborhoods age, they tend to lose some lustre, especially when newer and better construction is so rampant in the suburbs of NW Harris and S. Montgomery county. As newer neighborhoods like Gleannloch are built, some appeal of the older neighborhoods is lost. These older homes appreciate less. Eventually they become affordable for lower income folks. No municipality or zoning to restrict how land is used and market forces take over and fill in the gaps with low rent apartments and other cheaper housing solutions. I’d argue that the Woodlands and Gleannloch and other developments off 2920 and 249 are the greater cause of decline of the 1960 Champions Area. People aren’t moving from the older neighborhoods to the newer neighborhoods because of METRO…

        There are many very affluent neighborhoods in the loop with METRO running through them. I owned a 575k townhome one block from a METRO line in West Montrose (across Shepherd from River Oaks). We even had, gasp, low rent APARTMENTS in my neighborhood! Even a washeteria or two. I now live in a 950k house 1/4 mile from one of the heaviest used lines (the same one that John claims brought “down” Alief) that runs East/West down Bellaire/Holcombe. I’d argue the building up of Stafford/Missouri City and Sugar Land brought Alief down.

        We have crime in my area now. Mostly a few house break ins a month in a very large neighborhood. Most reports include a reference to a getaway car or suspicious cars from time to time that are “casing” the neighborhood. I’ve yet to see any reports of someone caught breaking in and running to the bus stop.

        I’m not necessarily saying METRO is good for the Woodlands, but it certainly wouldn’t be the cause of its decline.

        With the growth in the area, The Woodlands will continue to struggle more and more to maintain its distance from the riff raff. You had that going for you before, but you just didn’t stop building…

  10. We moved to The Woodlands to get away from the congestion of Orange County, California about eight years ago. We have watched our community go down hill every year since then with the ongoing, non-stop development of every inch of open land with no regard to congestion, quality of life, sense of community and costs. We are now The Woodless, not The Woodlands and yet nobody seems to have the ability to say no to this madness.

  11. No one wants to say it in public, but mass transit through the woodlands\spring area would be the death of this place.

    I lived in Houston, my whole life. For example SW Houston, alief area, Bellaire area, all died when the buses started running. It was a nice safe neighborhood full of good people of all ethic backgrounds but then when you make nice neighborhoods accessible by bus, then then other people move in. Some are good but most cant afford to live or even own a car.

    I have rules to live in my neighborhood, bring in the busses, then no one follows the rules, the yards look like crap, junky cars, trash, crime all increases. If you want to live in a nice area, then work for it. Im don’t think we should subsidize our neighborhoods by providing free transportation in and out. Simply put, and the reality, is more people equal more crime, traffic, congestion.

    I don’t live in the woodlands today, I used too, but I bought a house in imperial oaks on the other side of 45 off grogans mill. I earned that right to live there now. I don’t want to share it with people who cant even afford a car.
    I moved out of Southwest Houston 11 years ago, and noticed at night in the woodlands it was quiet, and I finally realized it was the sound of peace a train now and then, but mainly it was the lack of helicopters over my house every night, chasing criminals who would take the bus to my nice neighborhood then go home with my stuff that I bought. Screw the busses, stay away from my house if you cant afford the homeowners dues, don’t walk my sidewalks until you have worked as hard as I have for everything I have. Date my daughters you better have a work ethic, and not be a thug. Earn the right my lawn person, he is Mexican but he works hard and I pay him well.

    We have something in common the need to be safe and live in peace. If your neighborhood sucks then make it better, like I do when I mow the park or put out traps for whatever kind of pest I have to protect the neighborhood. Keep a watch on your neighbors house, pick up newspapers when they are gone.

    We all watch out for the kids, mostly because of speeding teenagers, but you then have to keep your eye on the bus stops dropping off the next load of criminals at night. I have guns to protect myself, do I have to keep my gun strapped to my belt again? like I did in SW Houston? If you cant afford to live here , you have not earned the right to be on my small 1/4 acre of land.

    America Statue of liberty says to bring me your poor, tired , hungry people, that is fine and my great grandfather came over and built what he had in his city, worked hard and instilled a work ethic in my dad and me and now I implant that same work ethic in my kids. My neighborhood is not Ellis island, I will help all , but if you did not earn the privilege to be here then you need to better yourself , through hard work you will earn my respect, through contribution you will earn my respect, I will give you what you earn, not what the government provides for you!

    My god, I sound like a tea party spokesman, but im not, just a home owner in spring, that hates that my road congestion, especially on Rayford, Riley fuzzel, Woodlands parkway, and Grogans mill. I like coming home to tree-lined streets not bus stops, more un-zoned business, more riff raff. I cant keep moving more north to get away but I can take a stand to exercise my rights and vote out idiot politicians. Take your gold covered busses and bus-stops and give me back my trees!!! My name Is john Kirshy, husband, homeowner, father of 4, hard worker, proud to be an American.

  12. I agree with most of the folks on here that a “local bus” service is not needed nor wanted. Increasing the stops around the Town Center is a good idea as that is probably the most congested area. Riders would still have to own cars to get to the area or bike/walk locally and it would not be passing through any neighborhoods. I also agree that the current rate of growth is not what George Mitchell originally envisioned for The Woodlands. I recognize that progress/change is inevitable, but we need to have a clear and true master development plan in place. It should include not clear cutting the trees every time they are building something new. Residents don’t care if it costs builders more money to preserve the trees and work around them. That is why we moved here in the first place.

  13. Justin, you are just like so many: just say it ain’t so and that makes it true. Would everything be perfect on 1960 – no, but you would not have the influx of people too poor to drive a car, too ignorant to use crosswalks, and too lazy to bother to assimilate! This year my son and I were treated to the sight of a shooting victim laying in front of the door of a filling station at 1960 & Cornerstone. Also this year there were numerous driveby shooting in the same neighborhood. In January, I sold our family house of 38 years in Fountainhead which itself is still a nice neighborhood. The biggest downside to buyers: 1960.

    I have lived the changes in this area so I do not need your input – I saw firsthand, and in real time, the decay that “services” like metro brings.

    You like urban life – so live in it but do not try extending its range in this direction.

    Obviously you do not have a pony in this race so please, do not try to “enlighten” us with your drivel.

  14. Jim-

    I’m just blown away at the extraordinary jump in logic on the METRO argument. How many people really depend on METRO? Is it really enough to bring down an entire area like 1960/Champions?

    I’m not advocating bringing urban life to your neighborhood. It’s coming here on its own since there’s little to stop it.

    • Wow. Interesting community dialog. I haven’t heard “those people across the tracks” commentary in years. I guess I don’t watch enough Fox news. I’ve lived in many places – Southeast, Southwest, Black Mississippi, White Alabama, and Brown and Yellow Asia. I’ve known many friends of all colors; and I’ve ridden many wheels – bikes, cars, buses, hot wheels, tuk tuks, motocycles, underground trains, elevated trains. I now see why Metro had such a hard time passing common sense transit plans 10 years ago. The paranoid view that wheels or rails will be the death of someone’s eutopia by delivering starving dark refugees to the eutopian doorstep. Sorry, but the term Master Planned means “chopping down a bunch of trees, laying a bunch of concrete, building a bunch of houses on gently winding roads, putting a mall there, a hospital here, a firestation there, and one body of water in the middle to drive up shoreline land values and make everyone feel ‘natural'”. Don’t forget the McDonalds, “but please use a little natural stone on the front, thanks.”

      Well, if you were hooked by that master marketing 30 years ago, and somehow feel let down by other people’s similar hopes and dreams, then I’m sure you can find some other new master planned community 10 miles further out. Heck, you can even be the master of your own kingdom in Idaho, Wyoming, or West Virginia. Everyone says that the Woodlands and its schools are great. I’m beginning to question if great simply means “isolated paranoid white enclave”.

      Communities have a life, just like us. They are born, nurtured, and grown under the watchful care of the entire community. They start with ambitious, bright-eyed couples in love, fresh off of honeymoons, often with a first baby on the way. Their new neighborhood is a perfect complement to their new promising life. But as we age, so does the community. Some leave, some stray. Some never go away. They rely more on hospitals, friends, family, and community resources to grow old gracefully. As the neighborhood ages, others ‘Spring’ up nearby, starting the cycle of life all over again. The common thread to rising and falling communities is more the circle of our lives than the Metro stop down the street. When you’re ready to sell, I’m sure others will be happy to buy. Surely with your new fat wallet, you’ll gain at least one day of happiness as your ponder the future.

  15. Benjamin: “Everyone says that the Woodlands and its schools are great”

    You “village” people are all the same – anyone that wishes to maintain their little corner of the world in a certain way is an evil bigot, racist, or worse. I am sure you don’t have locks on your home’s doors – mi casa es tu casa right? Let’s not point out hypocracy right?

    You ilk is all in favor of taxing the heck out of those that have so that those that don’t have (or aren’t as lucky/don’t work as hard) can have the “same”. Of course the “same” doesn’t remain that way because it wasn’t earned and therefore isn’t appreciated. One of the innumerable local examples is what happened to Sharpstown high school: once a very nice school with top-notched programs, now a gang-banger’s hangout.

    No matter, in a few years I’ll be out of here and will watch The Woodlands’ decline to “Greenspoint” state from afar…and then, as I have with Greenspoint, I’ll remember when it was once safe for the kids to walk the paths, hang out at the parks and mall, and moms could walk/run alone.

  16. Everything in the woodlands is so close and convenient. I don’t see why we need a bus. I especially don’t think we need a bus in & out of town! There are park and rides for those that want to ride a bus. I don’t like that idea at all.

  17. I agree with some of the others that say we need to expand bike lanes and biking options. This is truly green and in the spirit of the woodlands. I personally chose to come to the woodlands ( yes I am one of those newcomers to Creekside Park) for the ability to walk or bike to the store and be away from the urban jungle and in nature. In that sense I think Creekside is master planned, all of the things you need close to your village.

    I don’t think metro would be good either. But it would be better than expanding the roads. Expanding the roads doesn’t solve the problem. It just takes away from what the woodlands is. Maybe a trolley or a shuttle service for local residents and elderly with pick up locations in each village that you can bike to 🙂 public transportation should not be viewed as a negative thing but encouraged.

    But they should also be closely monitoring development as many have pointed out.

  18. I moved to The Woodlands in 1985. That community was not the same one that exists today. George Mitchell was first and foremost a businessman. He had a clear vision of the type of community that he would like to live in and that he would be happy to call home. However, he also saw massive potential for profit in that type of community because he recognized that it is the American Dream and he sold it as such. This is not a bad thing, but it was not designed with a limit or a ceiling. Just like any other successful community, it will continue to grow until it meets its carrying capacity (the number of people this amount of land can support). The challenge is to maintain the excellent quality of life that so many of us have enjoyed these past 30 years.

    Whether we support local bus service, or more trolley stops, road expansion, or more bike paths, or limiting development, or a combination of these, we need to develop a plan from this point forward that keeps what made The Woodlands attractive to so many in the first place. This plan should be the result of intelligent evaluations of how much development The Woodlands can sustain along with strategies to enable the people who call this home to move around and enjoy all that it has to offer. This does not mean that METRO stops need to be installed within neighborhoods. There are many different options. For example, Texas State University in San Marcos has an excellent in-city bus system that brings students to and from campus. A similar system could be used to bring residents from areas in and around The Woodlands to the major shopping and event venues. Also, we already have three wonderful park and ride bus stops that to my knowledge do not foster crime.

    Personally, I love the natural spaces of The Woodlands and I try to spend a little time in them everyday. The George Mitchell Nature Preserve is my favorite. It is critical going forward that his legacy is not relegated to these small patches of land but is felt throughout The Woodlands. The thing that I love most about this community though is the people and especially their willingness to speak up and speak out about what they want for their community. All of these comments here should be part of a new comprehensive mobility plan for The Woodlands, one that maintains the natural beauty, quality of life and allows growth whether that be in transit, land use planning or diversity (of which I’ve always thought we could use a little more).

    • Texas State – an ‘excellent’ in-city bus system? You must have graduated in 1985. Been there lately? The Bobcat Tram is overcrowded, yet I pay a mandatory $90/semester for a bus that my daughter will never ride because she doesn’t want to wait for 45-60 minutes for a space on a bus to get home. The city CATS bus – nobody rides it. And there are many areas in San Marcos that aren’t served by either.

  19. Don’t add bus service. Stop the building and save what trees we have left. The Woodlands is advertised as a “hometown”. I’ve been here since 2000 and it doesn’t feel that way anymore. It’s as if I live in Houston again. There is a pattern of growth in Houston–it’s been here for years and years. The old surburban neighborhoods grow mature and the quality of life decreases, so then one must move further and further away from the city for the good quality of life they desire. I’ve lived in 3 different parts of Houston that have followed this pattern–Spring Branch, Inwood Forest off of Antoine, and 1960 in the Klein school district. I don’t want to see The Woodlands follow this pattern, but it sure seems to headed down that road. As far as the person who commented he lives in Houston in a million dollar house next to a bus stop, that’s fine, but that’s one of the reasons people, and especially families, gravitate toward the suburbs-to avoid having a bus stop outside their window. Also–in 2000 if you were driving in the Woodlands at 11:00 on a weekend night, you were pretty much alone on the road. Now there are a LOT of cars on the Woodlands’ roads at that time, not to mention all other times as well. All of this is just sad, sad, sad.

  20. Expanding the HOV lane further North would seem to help the traffic on the interstate. Offering a Park & Ride North of Sawdust and right off the interstate would help commuters.

  21. To the Woodlands Township Board: The Development Company is making this area look like “Houstojn North.” I don’t want to live in Houston. Their endless development is putting pressuring on road, water and sewer resources and they are paying not one thin dime up front to expand these resources. How do we get rid of these fiends?

    • Chuck, to answer your question: we cannot get rid of these “friends” – like a cancer they have started multiplying and it is nearing stage four.

      You have 2 options: live with the decay in the quality of live here or, move the heck out! The latter is the option my family will take in the near future.

      Like many, we moved here for the quality of life promised by Mitchell’s development. It is quite obvious that the new people running the show have other things in mind. We will no longer be a part of it.

      Years from now we might pass through and I’ll guarantee you that we won’t have a twinge of a desire to move back!

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