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1/11/2017



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Houston METRO completes Green Line light-rail route


Rendering of the Harrisburg Overpass.
Photo – Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) in Texas on Monday held a ceremony to mark the completion of the Harrisburg Overpass bridge, which will carry both Green Line light-rail trains and motorists over Union Pacific Railroad track.

The bridge was the final component of completing the Green Line route. Elected officials, business and community leaders joined METRO leaders for a ribbon-cutting and inaugural ride over the bridge on Monday, agency officials said in a press release.

METRO's Green Line now offers nine stops and links downtown Houston to the Magnolia Park Transit Center in the city's East End district. Before the bridge was completed, Green Line trains stopped short of the transit center, Houston Public Media reported.
 
METRO is offering free rides on the Green Line through Jan. 22.

"It’s quite an accomplishment to be able to connect the Magnolia Transit Center to the rest of our system. It was an arduous project to get done. In the end, we kept at it and chipped away. We had a good project team," said Bruce Krantz, METRO's senior director of planning, engineering and construction, in a METRO blog post.



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