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6/10/2004



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Houston METRO schedules public hearings for two light-rail extensions


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Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO) will host four open house meetings between June 23 and June 29 on the proposed North and Southeast corridor light-rail extensions.

METRO officials will give status reports on the environmental and technical studies, and present maps of available alignment options.

The North and Southeast corridors will be the first extensions to the 7.5-mile light-rail line, which opened Jan. 1. The line travels between the University of Houston-Downtown to the Fannin South Park & Ride, south of the Reliant Center.

The 5.4-mile North Corridor would run from University of Houston-Downtown to Northline Mall. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2006 and be complete in 2009.

The 7.1-mile Southeast Corridor would run east-west from downtown to the Loop 610/Griggs area. Construction scheduled to begin in 2007 and be complete in 2011.

The Federal Transit Administration and the North and Southeast Corridor Study groups currently are preparing the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the projects.

The extensions were approved in November 2003 by Houston-area voters as part of the METRO Solutions Transit System Plan.




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