A waterway beneath Interstate 10, just west of the Sam Houston Tollway, is an unlikely place to find the makings of a transportation revolution in Houston.
This area is the heart of the Energy Corridor, a place where glass towers rise out of green manicured lawns, and where oil companies like BP, Shell and ExxonMobil occupy hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space. A 1,400-space Shell parking garage fronts I-10 on the north.
Yet the scene is quite different below I-10, where the only thing breaking up the tranquil sound of Buffalo Bayou flowing toward Addicks Reservoir is the din of automobile traffic speeding overhead on a Monday afternoon.
Parallel to the lapping waters south of the freeway, a bicyclist in a white polo shirt and black slacks flies by in a whoosh along the bayou bike trail.