Plans Move Ahead For Houston's New Commuter Rail Line

Thursday, June 07, 2012 - 02:33 PM

Houston Metro (photo by .imelda via flickr)

(Houston, TX -- KUHF) 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.

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, which is 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," Gray says, "we also have to go ahead with this FTA (Federal Transit Administration) 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 and could start close to 2020.

For more about this project -- and to listen to the radio version of this story -- visit KUHF here.


Comments [4]

Joanne from Sugar Land

We needed something like this as of yesterday. The commute along 90 is getting unbearable. One stop to switch trains is nothing compared to endless 0-10 mph. 13 miles in 1 1/2 hours.

Feb. 05 2015 05:01 PM
masrur niaz

good news of metro rail from missouri city to near metro light station. metro hv to expidite this as well other rail projects such as woodlands,cypres/290 and at I-10.this will help big games organisation to consider Houston for their worlds events.

Jul. 14 2012 11:01 PM

A highway alignment, rather than one through residential areas where riders live, will also reduce the utility of the line.

Jun. 11 2012 08:55 AM

It will not bring 25,000 people a day if it is a commuter peak based system and does not continue all the way into downtown. Forcing a connection outside of city center will reduce potential ridership. There would have to be all day service in order to draw the ridership and redevelopment along the corridors in order to get higher ridership.

Jun. 08 2012 02:26 PM

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