Transportation

Texas Attorney General Issues Opinion On Houston Bus Rapid Transit Project

Opponents of a new transit line near the Galleria are applauding that opinion as they seek to stop construction. But there are still some questions that remain to be answered.

Attorney Andy Taylor (center) discusses AG's opinion on Metro's participation in Uptown BRT project.
Attorney Andy Taylor (center) discusses the attorney general’s opinion on Metro’s participation in Uptown BRT project.

Construction continues on the Post Oak Bus Rapid Transit line in the Galleria-area, which will use designated bus lanes to transport riders along the West Loop corridor.

But critics seeking to stop the project say they are encouraged by an opinion from the Texas Attorney General on whether Metro is acting illegally by operating that system.

They say when voters approved a 2003 bond referendum, Metro was supposed to use the money to build light rail along Post Oak. And according to the attorney general’s opinion, Metro was specific in its request.

Attorney Andy Taylor says the opinion backs up their arguments as they continue fighting the project, which may include filing a lawsuit.

“In the state court system we are bound and determined, and ready, willing, and able to go all the way to the Texas Supreme Court,” Taylor says.

Photo of Post Oak Blvd near the Galleria
The Uptown BRT project will include designated bus lanes along Post Oak Boulevard.

But the attorney general goes on to say there are certain questions that can’t be answered in the scope of an opinion, such as whether Metro specifically violated its contract with voters. John Breeding with the Uptown Management District also points out that Metro was dismissed from a lawsuit filed by property owners that also challenged the project.

“I don’t think either of those give those that are attempting to stop the project very much momentum,” Breeding says.

Those rapid transit buses are expected to start running in late 2018.

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

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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