Northwest Sub-regional Study

The study area for the Northwest Sub-regional Mobility Study is bounded on the east by IH 45, on the west by US 290, on the north by BW 8, and on the south by IH 610. The purpose of this study is to identify near and long range projects which promote better mobility by considering multi-modal classification for streets within the study area which are inclusive of pedestrian, bicycle, transit, vehicular and other modes of transportation. The study area is approximately 41,227 acres and has a population of 234,415 in 2010. A number of thoroughfares currently do not extend across the study area due to existing land uses, railroads, bayous, etc. Additionally, the land uses and typology of development vary throughout the study area.

There are some sections of the study areas that are located outside the corporate city limits of Houston, but are within the City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, and in unincorporated Harris County. The study was closely coordinated with Harris County to explore the most effective visioned mobility solutions for the study area. Other coordinating agencies include the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Harris County (METRO), Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

During the course of this task, the project team worked with City staff to integrate the new planning process and the mobility toolbox, developed as a result of CMP Phase I, into the City’s transportation planning process.

Study Area Map

Final Report: Northwest Sub-regional Mobility Study

The Planning and Development Department, in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Engineering and Houston-Galveston Area Council, is pleased to announce that the Northwest Sub-regional Mobility study has been finalized and can be downloaded (see links below).

After an extensive public comment period, the City received 346 comments regarding study recommendations, and letters from area organizations. Over the last several months, the project team has worked with City staff to evaluate all comments and provide responses to questions that were raised. Where appropriate, recommendations were modified to ensure that all final recommendations resulting from this study best serve the needs of the City and community, alike.

Final Report: Northwest Sub-regional Mobility Study
Download Full Version (40 MB)

Download by Chapter:
I. Introduction
II. Existing Conditions
III. Community Involvement
IV. Defining Future Mobility Conditions
V. Changing Mobility Considerations
VI. A Balanced Approach: Corridor Sheets
VII. Outcomes
VIII. Next Steps

Appendix A: Data Collection
Appendix B: Thoroughfare Types
Appendix C: Transit Analysis
Appendix D: Travel Demand Results

Final Public Comments:

All comments received during the 30-day final public comment period have been cataloged and reviewed by the project team. Recommendations were further evaluated and updated where appropriate. Project Team responses are available for review at:

Cataloged Final Public Comments

Response Letters
Honorable Sylvester Turner
Houston Parks Board
Inwood Forest Community Improvement Association
Near Northwest Management District
Oak Forest PTA
Oak Forest Home Owners Association 

Project Team:

Coordinating Agencies:
City of Houston Planning and Development Department
City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department
Houston-Galveston Area Council

Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
GUNDA Corporation, Inc.

For more information about City Mobility Planning, please email: