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Plans Move Ahead For New Southwest Commuter Rail Line

As work on Houston's new light rail lines reaches the halfway point, Metro is now looking at plans for the area's first commuter rail line that would bring people into the city from the suburbs.


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Right now Metro is gathering public input on the proposed US 90A/Southwest Rail Corridor.  It would be a nine-mile line that would bring commuters from Missouri City to the Fannin South Station. 

Riders could then hook up with the Red Line that runs through downtown and the Medical Center.  Metro’s Jerome Gray says they’re estimating about 24,000 people a day would use the new line to travel into the city from the southwest.

“That corridor, that area, census projections show that we’re going to see quite a population boom, about 25 percent until 2035.”

Gray says they’re looking at two proposed track alignments that would run along Highway 90 and they’re now studying  how the rail line would affect the local environment. 

They also have to figure out how to pay for the project. It’s expected to cost about $500 million. 

“While we’re still going through the process of considering and figuring out where the money would come from, we also have to go ahead with this FTA process, this environmental impact study, and the various things that we must do before requesting any type of federal assistance.”

Construction on the line is still several years away. Gray expects construction would start close to 2020.


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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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