Metro can officially move forward with the next phase of light rail. The Houston City Council approved the Metro Consent Agreement this morning.
That document gives Metro the authority to purchase right-of-way along the proposed light rail corridors.
Council Member Sue Lovell was one of the leading supporters of the agreement. But she urged Metro officials to work harder to build trust in the community.
“But I do believe that it is a much needed asset, and it will be an asset to the city. But again I say to Metro, the conversations have to continue to take place. As we go through this difficult construction phase, which is not easy, that the Council Members here can go to their neighbors and say ‘see you can trust Metro, they are good to their word, and the mean what they say’.”
Last week, council delayed a vote on the Metro agreement — saying the Metro board hadn’t done an adequate job of answering questions about the plan.
This week the plan was overwhelmingly approved with only Council Members Jolanda Jones and Mike Sullivan voting against it.
Metro will break ground on the new phase of the light rail plan in the next few day.
Laurie Johnson, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.