The Community: A historic residential community near downtown Houston determined to maintain its quality of life.
Railroad Corridor: A one- mile railroad corridor with a daily traffic of 20 to 24 freight trains. The tracks are crossed by 11 at-grade streets, three of them considered major streets and 8 minor streets. The corridor has a number vehicles and pedestrians that cross over the tracks.
Community Concerns: High speed vehicular traffic on residential streets trying to get a head of passing trains, existing industrial sites with heavy truck activity, and adjacent schools and major police facility.
Taking The Lead: Members of the First Ward Civic Club for years have tried to find a solution to their concerns of safety and train noise along the tracks. In Spring of 2003, to the request of residents, Gonzalo Camacho spearheaded this project pro-bono working closely with members of the First Ward Civic Club. Assisted by Camacho, volunteers from the Civic Club gathered railroad accident data, signatures from residents, educating the public on their concerns, gathered signatures, and engaged the City.