Robin Foster | Houston Community Newspapers

Bellaire elected officials are considering the city’s planning role in a $187.5 million bus rapid transit system through the Galleria area that could locate a multi-level transit center and 700-car parking garage in the city’s rezoned Urban Village on Westpark near Interstate 610.

The Federal Transit Administration is reviewing environmental impacts of the project and could give the go-ahead soon for Uptown Houston District to begin engineering plans for it. The project would add dedicated bus lanes on I-610 and Post Oak Boulevard and effectively link the Northwest Transit Center on I-10 with the proposed new transit facility on Westpark at Bellaire.

“We are optimistic. It is my hope within 30 to 60 days we’ll have that clearance and be able to move forward,” said Uptown District President John Breeding.

Current planning envisions a multi-level transit center, with commuter buses entering and exiting an upper level and riders connecting to local bus service on the ground-level. An adjacent parking garage would serve commuters from the south and west. Details of who might build or own the garage are unknown at this stage, Breeding said. {….}