Closures, detours in downtown Houston for MAGA rally

- Pity the poor downtown Houston office workers come Monday. Their predictions?

"Chaos...we should all work from home Monday," said Tracy Bishop. Not a bad idea and exactly what Houston police suggest.

"Oh, absolutely I can," said Jeff Carroll. "Do I want to? No. I work with kids."

The President Donald Trump Make America Great Again rally in support of incumbent U.S. Senator Ted Cruz was initially scheduled to take place at NRG Arena. The sheer demand for tickets to the event made organizers realize that the venue would not be large enough. The White House told the Houston Police Department that the event would be moving to the Toyota Center at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. 

"The Toyota Center has the capacity for about 18,000 and I think we've got about 70,000 people who have signed up, so we anticipate a large crowd inside and a large crowd outside," said HPD Chief Art Acevedo. He also said the estimate does not account for protesters and that police project plenty of them as a factor.

More streets will be shut down as needed and security will be drum tight. Another wild card is the motorcade route closures. Chief Acevedo would not elaborate on when and where for security reasons. Suffice it to say that will make a bad traffic day even worse. If you can't work from home, you might want to see if you can cut out early. Not everyone will be able to do that either. 

"It probably won't be until later, so you are screwed," added Bishop with a laugh. "I know. It doesn't matter what time you leave your going to be screwed anyway."

The City of Houston Mayor's Office released the following statement on Friday regarding street closures, detour routes and METRO transit schedules for the event on Monday: 
 

HOUSTON - President Trump's MAGA Rally will be held Monday, October 22, 2018, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Houston Toyota Center (1510 Polk Street).

All Downtown Businesses and Residents 
Plan accordingly as delays may be expected for travel into downtown. Businesses/residents will be given access – please communicate with the officers where you need to go and you will be directed accordingly. The area should be avoided by members of the public not attending the rally or who do not live or work in the area. 

Full Street Closures 
The streets below will be closed from 5:30 AM to 10:30 PM on Monday, October 22nd:

  • Polk Street between Austin Street & Chartres Street
  • Clay Street between Austin Street & Hamilton Street
  • Bell Street between Austin Street & Chenevert Street
  • La Branch Street between Dallas Street & Leeland Street
  • Crawford Street  between Dallas Street & Polk Street
  • Jackson Street between Polk Street & Leeland Street

Detour Routes 
Chartres Street northbound
Capitol Street westbound
Caroline Street southbound
Leeland Street eastbound
 
Passenger Drop-Off/Pick-up Zone
All ride-share vehicles and private drop-offs/pick-ups will be at Caroline Street @ Leeland Street.
 
METRO
Metro buses 40, 41, Orange & Green Links will be re-routed for the event. Please check the Metro App or Houston Metro's website for schedules. Metro Rail services will operate on a regular schedule.

Event Entry Line
The line to enter the event will start on Crawford Street @ Dallas Street. The line will be directed by security at the Toyota Center.

Check out our interactive map: http://bit.ly/magamap

 

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