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Houston METRO completes draft environmental report for Southeast Corridor


The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO) recently released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Southeast Corridor light-rail line.

The 6.8-mile Southeast Corridor would run from downtown Houston to the Palm Center. Next month, METRO will hold a public meeting and hearing to review the plan.

Preliminary engineering is scheduled to be complete by 2006’s end, with final design beginning in 2007. METRO plans to start construction in mid-2007 and complete the line by 2010’s end.

The Southeast Corridor is one of five transit corridors included in the $2 billion METRO Solutions Phase 2 program, which is designed to improve Houston-area mobility by 2012 by creating a rapid-transit network.