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Feds Let Metro Take Another Step Toward Commuter Rail


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It's still going to be a while before the first spike is driven, but the feds have given Metro permission to do an environmental impact study for a commuter rail line southwest of downtown along US-90A. It would connect the existing light rail Red Line with Missouri City. 

Linky: http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/01/10/2011-149/preparation-of-environmental-impact-statement-for-transit-improvements-in-the-us-90asouthwest-rail


The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), to evaluate the proposed transit improvements in the US 90A/Southwest Rail corridor in the Houston metropolitan area (Harris County). The US 90A/Southwest Rail corridor extends approximately eight miles from the vicinity of the Fannin South Station at the southern terminus of the existing METRORail Red Line to West Sam Houston Tollway (Beltway 8) in Missouri City, Texas. The proposed scope of the EIS, including the project's purpose and need, an initial set of alternatives proposed for evaluation, and the significant impacts to be considered, are presented below. A public scoping process seeking comment on the scope of the EIS is announced below.

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KHOU had a story on it last night: http://www.khou.com/news/116280804.html

Metro project website: http://www.ridemetro.org/ProjectsPrograms/90A-Southwest_RailCorridor.aspx

Metro media briefing presentation: http://www.ridemetro.org/ProjectsPrograms/PDFs/90A_Media_Briefing_020711.pdf

Also, if you want to give public input, you better hurry. They had two opportunities yesterday, one today and one next Monday.

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2018 ground breaking is planned. I guess the 290 plan will not be ready until the '20s.


Better late than never I guess. Whatever happened to them being able to break ground and open up a commuter rail line in 18 months? I read that somewhere in this HAIF universe.

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