The two projects being funded, the North and Southeast lines, are already under construction, with more than 400 workers on the job now and 1,800 additional jobs expected over the next two years.
“The fourth largest city in the United States deserves a world class transit system that will meet the region's needs for the 21st century, and the investments we are making today will accomplish that," said FTA administrator Peter Rogoff. “The residents of Houston understand that good public transportation is key to building a successful, sustainable, and competitive environment to do business while creating thousands of good jobs along the way.”
Expanding Houston Metro’s light rail service to the north and the southeast is part of the city’s plan to connect Houston’s workforce with major downtown employment centres. There will be 18 new passenger stops along the way, taking riders to other key locations too.
The new light rail lines, both scheduled to open for service in 2015, will provide alternatives to congested Interstate 45 and U.S. Route 59.