Transportation

Metro Plans New Safety Improvements Along The Light Rail Lines

The goal is to keep people from walking out in front of trains

Metro’s Capital and Strategic Planning Committee has voted to move ahead with a contract to install new fencing along the light rail tracks.

Transit officials say they’re not fencing the entire rail line but focusing instead on key locations. Metro Vice-President Robert Trevino said riders will see most of the new fencing downtown and in midtown.

“The existing Red Line will get a significant amount of pedestrian fencing,” explained Trevino. “The extension of the North Line, north of the University of Houston in downtown will get select locations and the Green and Purple Lines will get select locations around station locations.”

The fencing is expected to cost about $558,000. The plan is to start work in the fall with completion before the end of the year.

The full Metro board is slated to vote on the measure at their May meeting.

 

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Gail Delaughter

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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