In recent news, I’ve been hearing that the big wigs of Reliant Park plan to finally do something with the Astrodome! I’m somewhat excited to see what they have in mind. After doing some brief research I came across this new report: Plans for the Astrodome
In short, they have 3 options. 1) tear it down and build a green space, which I’m not too fond of. 2) gut it and have an extremely large venue for events or 3) gut it and build a planetarium. You can actually get more details about what they’re planning on their site and also throw in your feedback.
I’m leaning more towards option 2, but I would really like to see it become a hub for mass transit for Houston. Houston’s current mass transit system is a bit lacking when compared to other major cities. If the Astrodome was converted into something similar to Grand Central Station, we can have multiple trains coming in from both airports and the suburbs into the Dome. From there we could have additional trains going from the Dome to Downtown, Med Center, the Galleria area and the like. With this, everyone would have access to any major location in Houston from a station relatively close to their home.
Although this would be a beast of a financial project, it would also generate numerous jobs for our city. The additional need for security at all train stations, employees to work and maintain the train and rails and the amount of income that would be generated from people using the train system could only benefit the city in the long run, right?
It could be something as simple as having train stations at every major highway (59, I-45, I-10, 288, 290, etc) at the junction of 610 and Beltway 8 along with both airports. This would allow us to have a streamline route in and out of town. And if the Dome is the hub, then we could also create the Dome to have shops and entertainment for people to partake in as well, further generating jobs/income (similar to their option 3)
Just some random thoughts that I’ve been having. Sitting in traffic every morning and evening allows me the time to dream this stuff up! What do y’all think?