City Mobility Planning (CMP)

The Houston region has undergone an incredible demographic transformation over the past 20 years. It faces rapid growth through 2035, adding another 3.5 million residents to the eight-county region. Harris County is expected to add two million people– the equivalent of adding a second Houston to Harris County. More than 600,000 of these new residents will be within the city limits of Houston. With this tremendous growth, the Houston region will face many transportation challenges. Mobility has been consistently ranked as a top concern by residents of the Houston region.

CMP is a joint initiative between the departments of Planning & Development and Public Works & Engineering(PWE) in partnership with the Houston-Galveston Area Council the regions Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The City of Houston is trying to get ahead of transportation challenges. The Houston Planning Commission has established several committees to examine a range of development and growth issues. One of the committees, the General Plan committee, established mobility and drainage as top priorities and recommended a programmatic framework to address these issues. City Mobility Planning (CMP) will be the framework for evaluating transportation issues in the city and extra-territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). Development of the City of Houston’s City Mobility Planning (CMP) was phased.

Phase II (2012 - ongoing)
Phase I (2008 - 2009)

City Mobility Planning Phase II

City Mobility Planning (CMP) Phase II applies the CMP Process developed in Phase I to study areas within the City of Houston & its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). The primary purpose is to identify short, medium and long range projects intended to promote better mobility, and to consider and develop a multi modal classification for streets within the study area. The following studies are currently ongoing or are under consideration.

Southeast Houston Mobility Plan
Inner West Loop Mobility Study (December 2011 - March 2013)
Greater West Houston Subregional Planning Study (1st Quarter 2013; 12 months)
Texas Medical Center Mobility Study (October 2012; 18 months)
Heights-Northside Mobility Study (December 2012 – May 2014)
Northwest Mobility Study (December 2012 – May 2014)

Other Mobility/Subregional Planning Studies

East End Mobility Study (October 2011- July 2012)

City Mobility Planning Phase 2, Planning Commission Presentation, March. 15, 2012
For more information about City Mobility Planning, please email: or 832-393-6660

City Mobility Planning Phase I

A number of plans have been developed in Houston that set out values and goals for mobility, and several agencies are responsible for developing transportation projects to meet the need. To facilitate informed decisions about the mobility options, the City of Houston created Mobility Planning (CMP) Process that can be used to select projects with the most potential to improve mobility. Key elements of the CMP Process include a travel demand model that accurately reflects travel demand and available ‘supply,’ a ‘toolkit’ for identifying proposed solutions, and measures of effectiveness that can be used to evaluate the extent to which selected solutions are effective in improving mobility within the City and its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ).

The outcomes of Phase I was technical memorandums that provide the framework for a transportation planning process that aims to improve agency coordination and help how the City finds effective transportation solutions. Phase I was completed in 2009 and included tasks described below.

City Mobility Planning-Phase I: Executive Summary

Task 1: Project Management Plan

Task 2: Data Collection
The goal of the task is to collect the data needed to enhance the travel demand model for Houston. It will include detailed information from other cities that will aid in developing Measures of Effectiveness (MOEs) for use in Houston CMP.

Task 3: Measures of Effectiveness
Using national best practices (as collected in Task 2) and industry standards, the CMP will propose an initial list of Measures of Effectiveness that can be used to assess transportation system performance in Houston.

Task 4: Mobility Tools
The CMP will provide a comprehensive list of mobility tools. The list of potential improvement types/solutions will be defined at a conceptual level and will consider Context Sensitive Design principles. It is envisioned that more than one solution could be used for each situation, depending on the severity of the problem.

Task 5: New Functional Street Classifications
The purpose of the task is to develop a series of typical street cross sections and to recommend new functional street classifications to be added to the existing functional street classification system for the City’s Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan. Coordination with the City’s Infrastructure Design Manual will be required.

Task 6: Model Development
The purpose of the task is to enhance the H-GAC regional travel demand model throughout the City of Houston. The planning will verify assumptions and inputs of the travel demand model so it best represents the ‘conditions on the ground’ for the base year as well as planned improvements such as t the current City Capital Improvement Plan.

Task 7: City Mobility Planning Report

CMP Phase I: The City Mobility Planning Process (Technical Memorandum #1). Sept. 5, 2008
CMP Phase I Presentation at Transportation, Infrastructure & Aviation Committee, Sept. 14, 2009
Planning Commission Presentation, Feb. 19, 2009
Planning Commission Presentation, Nov. 20, 2008
Planning Commission Presentation, July 31, 2008

Primary: Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Team: GUNDA Corporation, Inc.
Wilber Smith Associates