Ask the editor:How are transportation entities planning long-term mobility improvements?

Any commuter in the Lake Conroe area can tell you that traffic seems to be increasing as more people move to our community. There are many ongoing projects that should bring some relief to residents in the short term, which we feature on Page 11, but there are many more improvements left to be made.
To plan for the future, Montgomery County maintains a thoroughfare plan that outlines long-term plans for mobility improvements throughout the region. This plan was updated in collaboration with the Houston-Galveston Area Council in 2016.

The H-GAC also offers regional long-term planning for mobility improvements. On April 4, H-GAC officials hosted a public outreach meeting to speak with residents to discuss its 2045 Regional Transportation Plan and the need for new or improved roads, bike lanes, sidewalks and public transit options in Montgomery County. The RTP is a long-range plan that prioritizes spending on regional transportation projects, and it is updated every four to five years.


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Construction for the high-speed bullet train system is slated to begin in the first half of 2021 and to be completed in 2027.

The deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 3 election is Oct. 5. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Conroe ISD's six high schools will host football games at Woodforest Bank Stadium and Moorhead Stadium this fall. (Courtesy Conroe ISD)
Conroe ISD football season kicks off Sept. 24 with new ticketing plan, precautions in place

A new prioritized ticketing system will be in place this fall due to limits on capacity at the district's two stadiums.

Montgomery County commissioners met Sept. 22 for a regular Commissioners Court meeting. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Homeless shelter plans advance with Montgomery County approval, $1.8M in federal funding

Federal funds will help Montgomery County purchase and rehabilitate a building that will be used to help shelter homeless families.

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Montgomery County makes progress on backlog; school districts begin reporting cases: Five COVID-19 updates the week of Sept. 15-21

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Naskila Gaming seeks support for new gambling bill

Despite support from across the state, including Conroe, the bingo facility has faced nearly two decades of litigation from the state.

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'We care about you and your whole health': Conroe-area school districts emphasize importance of social, emotional learning upon reopening

“It doesn’t matter if you’re in person or if you are at home doing work remotely; we care about you and your whole health. And so you’re going to see investment in our curriculum, in our social and emotional learning, both online and in person,” CISD Superintendent Curtis Null said in an Aug. 24 livestream. “We understand that there has been a mental health strain that’s been associated with everything that’s been going on over these last few months, so we are going to work to make that happen.”

Free COVID-19 testing will be available to festival staff, participants and patrons every weekend of the festival this fall. (Courtesy Steven David Photography)
Texas Renaissance Festival to offer free COVID-19 rapid testing throughout season

Additionally, a free drive-thru testing site will be set up in Todd Mission on Sept. 19.

Montgomery County will now include antigen cases in its total case counts. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Montgomery County to begin including antigen positive cases in COVID-19 daily reports

Antigen cases will now be included in total case counts. However, a breakdown of antigen versus PCR cases will be available.

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Community pays respect to Conroe Mayor Toby Powell in memorial procession Sept. 18

In downtown Conroe on Sept. 18, dozens of citizens lined the streets.