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August 17, 2009

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Two Light Rail Lines in Houston

Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County broke ground on two new light rail lines—one running north and one southeast of downtown Houston—and marked a ramping-up of construction on a third line, running east of downtown, at multiple ceremonies July 13. One of the events, held in Houston’s historic Union Station, included the unveiling of a life-size model of the agency’s new CAF train.

“These light rail lines will connect our communities in ways they have never been connected before,” said METRO Chairman of the Board David S. Wolff at the Union Station program.

The three light rail lines will add about 14 miles of light rail to METRO’s existing Main Street Red Line. The construction of two other lines in the future will bring that number to 30 miles of new rail.

Members of the Texas Congressional delegation welcomed the construction, saying the projects would employ thousands and infuse money into the local economy.

The initial phase of the $1.46 billion contract calls for spending $632 million and is expected to generate some 25,000 jobs. Small and local businesses will receive $300 million to $385 million in eligible contract work.

All five lines are part of the METRO Solutions Phase 2 plan, which also calls for more bus service and other programs.

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