MobilityHouston is a community-engagement initiative sponsored by both public and private community partners that invites the public to create and shape public policy solutions to the unique mobility issues facing Houston.


Via an online platform, district-by-district conversations, and a town hall discussions, MobilityHouston will assemble and curate a conversation by mobility interests from across Houston. MobilityHouston invites community leaders, regional employers, stakeholders, and, above all, the general public to join this effort to turn citizen-sourced priorities into effective policy solutions.

The five-month project will integrate mobility's evolving constituencies and conclude with the presentation of citizen-sourced policy recommendations for community and City Council consideration.

In short, MobilityHouston is a city-wide, pragmatic conversation to address the mobility challenges all Houstonians face.

MobilityHouston is brought to you by a number of community partners who are dedicated to fostering a transparent, community-wide conversation about the future of Houston transportation.

MobilityHouston is a five-month long initiative that invites all Houstonians to provide short-term policy solutions and ideas aimed at improving transportation in and around Houston. The most popular and salient ideas the community produces will be delivered to city and municipal government officials for consideration.


Step one: Community Engagement

The first step is the launch of the MobilityHouston community engagement platform. This is a publicly-accessible online platform where anyone can post their ideas about how to make Houston transportation better. To help keep the conversation going, the MobilityHouston will recruit a civic leader to a new mobility-related topic once every month for five months (5 topics in total), but the online conversation is not limited to those five topics.

The engagement process will continue over the course of five months. The public will be free to post any proposed solutions throughout the process. Glasshouse Policy will curate and collect data throughout the process.

Glasshouse Policy will also work with MobilityHouston Community Partners to host in-person, neighborhood level meetings and town hall events to solicit community ideas about how to improve Houston mobility. These in-person engagement opportunities will function to engage individuals who do not participate in the online MobilityHouston discussion.





Step two: Town Hall Discussion

The second step is a public town hall meeting. Held in Houston, this presentation of MobilityHouston findings and results to the Houston community will be followed by a social event open to the whole community. The public’s ideas introduced via the MobilityHouston forum will be discussed in-depth along with expert opinions from advocates, academics and city officials.

Step three: Community sourced solutions released

The third and final step will be the preparation and presentation of a report by Glasshouse Policy which will, among other things:

  1. Highlight various constituent opinions by presenting data on the public's input from the MobilityHouston forum and town hall.
  2. Propose at least one specific policy proposal for each of the 5 topics introduced by the MobilityHouston team.
  3. Foster a united viewpoint derived from all stakeholders on clear next steps for Houston mobility.

Sharing your ideas


  1. Why are they called “ideas”?

    MobilityHouston is a sharing platform. We’re all here to share and discuss ideas, both old and new, on how to better Houston mobility. Ideas can be big or small, but ultimately they’ll succeed when others build off of them. That’s the beauty of crowdsourcing - we’re all going to build off of our ideas to improve Houston mobility.

  2. Short vs. long posts.

    It’s always best to keep your posts as short and to the point as possible. People respond more to succinct ideas.

  3. Reference URL :

    The “Reference URL” section of your idea is a place for you to share articles or suggested reading that relates to the topic at hand, and/or provides evidence to support your statement.

  4. Using Hashtags.

    There’s a lot of issues under the transportation and mobility umbrella. To better organize the conversation, use a hashtag - #Bicycles for example - to let folks know what topic your post is about. That way, if you just want to read what folks are thinking about just bicycles, you can search for that hashtag (#Bicycles) and see a list of every post that mentions #Bicycles.

  5. What’s up with the “Other” category?

    We did our best to develop five comprehensive topics of discussion that cover the wide spectrum of transportation, however, you may have very specific ideas that don’t necessarily fall into one of our pre-defined forum categories. Because of this, we created an “Other” category. Our moderators will keep a close eye on the ideas generated within this forum and as popular topics rise to the top, they will be considered for the future of MobilityHouston.


My Account


  1. Why do you need my address?

    MobilityHouston uses an opensource API called the Open Civic Data Project to map legislative districts, including Houston’s city council districts. When you provide your address, we match you to your district so that other users can appreciate both the diverse opinions and commonality between districts. If you’re outside of the Houston metro area, your address will tie you to a specific town or city. We will never share your home address with anyone.

  2. Updating your information

    We’ve made it really simple for you to keep your user information up to date. When logged in, click on your name and avatar in the top right corner, navigate to My Account, and click Edit My Profile. In the window that appears you will be able to change all aspects of your account including profile picture.

  3. Keeping up with interactions (comments, replies, etc.)

    We’ve setup a home-base to keep track of your conversations and interactions on the forums. When logged in, click on your name and avatar in the top right corner, navigate to My Account. The My Account page will capture and display all of your interactions, from ideas that you’ve created, to comments that other users have made, and notifications from MobilityHouston regarding updates and additions to the site.


The Forums


  1. How the upvoting works?

    MobilityHouston is a platform for the public; that means the public gets to decide what a 'good’ idea is. You can do that by upvoting an idea. Each idea has a small arrow next to it. When you click it, you add +1 to that idea’s upvotes total. The more upvotes you have, the higher in the forum you appear. Think about an upvote as a 'like’ on Facebook, or a thumbs up of approval to your digital colleague!

  2. Featured Ideas

    The Featured Ideas section on the homepage of MobilityHouston.com is a selection of Ideas curated and hand picked by our transportation experts. You can expect these Ideas to often come from community leaders, transportation organizations, & users with a certain level of expertise in the industry.

The Dos and Don’ts of MobilityHouston


Please do:


  1. Remember that other users are humans too. Treat every user with the respect and dignity they deserve.

  2. We know we're online, but behave the same way you would in real life.

  3. Vote. If you like an idea, upvote it. This helps us gauge our user’s opinions.

  4. Please use correct spelling and grammar. Dat wae u dont luk like dis.

  5. Even if you disagree with an idea, comment on it and explain why. Being constructive and respectful helps build a vibrant, healthy dialogue.

  6. Report/Flag any spam you find.

  7. Filter conversations by “newest” and vote on them - it’s your civic duty!

  8. Ideas and Comments can be edited after being submitted, however, try to read over your content for mistakes before submitting.


Please don't:


  1. Be rude, unproductive or mean. We’ll delete your post, and we’ll happily delete your account if bad behavior continues.

  2. Attack individuals or organizations simply because you don’t like the. Ad hominem attacks are unproductive at best and damaging at worst.

  3. Encourage bad behavior by responding to it. Just flag and "walk away".

  4. Troll.

Terms and Conditions ("Terms")


Last updated: April 03, 2015

Please read these Terms and Conditions ("Terms", "Terms and Conditions") carefully before using the https://www.MobilityHouston.com website (the "Service") operated by MobilityHouston ("us", "we", or "our").

Your access to and use of the Service is conditioned on your acceptance of and compliance with these Terms. These Terms apply to all visitors, users and others who access or use the Service.

By accessing or using the Service you agree to be bound by these Terms. If you disagree with any part of the terms then you may not access the Service.

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To participate on the Service, you must create an account. When you create an account with us, you must provide us information that is accurate, complete, and current at all times. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of the Terms, which may result in immediate termination of your account on our Service. You are solely responsible for the information associated with your account and anything that happens related to your account. You can also browse the Service without logging in.

You are responsible for safeguarding the password that you use to access the Service and for any activities or actions under your password, whether your password is with our Service or a third-party service.

You agree not to disclose your password to any third party. You must notify us immediately upon becoming aware of any breach of security or unauthorized use of your account.

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You retain the rights to your copyrighted content or information that you submit to the Service ("user content") except as described below. By submitting user content to Service, you grant us a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, unrestricted, worldwide license to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute copies, perform, or publicly display your user content in any medium and for any purpose and to authorize others to do so.

You agree that you have the right to submit anything you post, and that your user content does not violate the copyright, trademark, trade secret or any other personal or proprietary right of any other party. Please take a look at our privacy policy for an explanation of how we may use or share information submitted by you or collected from you.

Clicking the "vote" button is a statement of affirmation for the aforementioned idea or comment.

We don't endorse User Content.

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MobilityHouston has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party web sites or services. You further acknowledge and agree that MobilityHouston shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such web sites or services.

We strongly advise you to read the terms and conditions and privacy policies of any third-party web sites or services that you visit.

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All provisions of the Terms which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.

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