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Houston Metro to begin track installation near medical center


Despite a one-week delay due to rainy weather, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas, plans Sept. 7 to begin track installation near Texas Medical Center as part of the agency’s 7.5-mile METRORail light-rail project.

Metro and Houston devised a construction and traffic-control plan designed to preserve pedestrian and left-turn access during peak periods around the bus area. The majority of the work would take place on weekends and off-peak hours.

Metro began work on all five line sections in April 2001. When complete in early 2004, the light-rail service would run from the University of Houston-Downtown to south of Reliant Park, connecting downtown employment centers with Midtown, the historic third ward, the museum district, universities, Texas Medical Center, and developing convention and sports venues at Reliant Park.

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