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FTA approves environmental review for Houston METRO's University line


The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO) recently received a record of decision from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on the University light-rail line, meaning the agency has obtained final environmental approval for the proposed 11.3-mile line.

METRO now will continue to advance design, engineering, utility coordination, pre-construction planning and ongoing FTA coordination.

The University line is part of a regional transit plan and will include 19 stations. The project also is one of five planned light-rail lines, including the East End, North and Southeast lines that are under construction, and the Uptown line, which is in the design phase.

“The environmental approval on the University Line puts us one big step forward in the federal funding process,” said METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia in a prepared statement.

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