Latest Podcast: What’s the Next Big Thing for Transit in Houston?

Ryan Holeywell | @RyanHoleywell | February 7, 2017

A METRO rail car stops in Houston’s Midtown. Image via flickr/Ed Schipul.

Houston just wrapped up Super Bowl LI over the weekend, and by some estimates, more than 1 million people descended on downtown throughout the week to attend the festivities.

There’s no doubt many of those people got around Houston using METRO’s light-rail system. But what those passengers might not have realized is that the Super Bowl and Houston’s light-rail system are actually closely linked.

Houston last hosted the Super Bowl in 2004, and just in time for that event, METRO debuted its Red Line. Back then, the system only carried passengers between downtown, the Texas Medical Center, and the stadium complex, but today, the system is so much more.

Since then, METRO has extended that Red Line north and added the Green and Purple Lines. Just a few weeks ago – once again, just in time for a Houston Super Bowl – METRO finished work on the Harrisburg overpass, the final component of the Green Line. That means METRO’s light-rail system, in its current form, is finally built out.

But that raises the question: Now that we just finally completed 16 years of light-rail construction, what’s next for transit in Houston? Kyle Shelton, the Kinder Institute’s director of strategic partnerships, discusses potential projects with Kinder Institute senior editor Ryan Holeywell.

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2 Comments

  1. What’s Next For Houston MetroRail?
    Well, if Houston ever gets a pro-rail congressman in the 7th district:

    Downtown to Uptown Line
    Extensions to IAH and HOU
    Extension from Eastside Line northward along Lockwood and over up Homestead
    Commuter Rail to Ft Bend, Kingwood, The Woodlands, Bay Area/NASA

    Come on Houston (The City With No Limits), you can do it.
    City Leaders Must Get At Least $1B For Rail From President Trump’s $1T Infrastructure Plan

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