Improvements to bus shelters and pedestrian walkways are coming to three METRO bus stops along Hiram Clarke Road in central south Houston thanks to a partnership among South Post Oak Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 9 / Redevelopment Authority, the 5 Corners Management District, the Houston Parks Board and METRO.

The project will provide custom bus shelters and pad upgrades, crosswalk improvements, and way-finding and regulatory signage at bus stops on the west side of Hiram Clarke at Brookston Street, Tidewater Drive and Beran Drive near a hike and bike trail.

TIRZ 9 provided the $634,715 to carry out the improvements over the next six months. The TIRZ chose the Houston Parks Board to be project manager; the management district is responsible for replacement, maintenance and/or repair of the new custom bus shelters and METRO will provide maintenance of shelters, bus stop pads and trash receptacles.

 “This collaboration is an excellent example of how hyper-local governments plow their funds into projects that benefit their constituents who need or choose to use METRO and hike-and-bike trails for mobility,” TIRZ 9 Chair Tandelyn Weaver said.

“We are thrilled that construction is beginning on the Hiram Clarke Bus Stop Improvements Project,” said Beth White, president and CEO of Houston Parks Board. “The planned upgrades to the three METRO bus stops will complement the efforts that have already been made in this area to enhance options for alternative modes of transportation. Through the interconnected system of trails which now exist in the community, residents are able to access parks and greenspace more easily than ever.”

Main Laine Industries Ltd. is the general contractor, Clark Condon Associates, Inc. is prime and landscape architect and Kuo Associates Inc. is the civil engineer and surveyor.