Transportation updates: Uptown Boulevard Project, BRT and Bellaire street projects


Uptown Boulevard Project and bus rapid-transit line

Construction is making headway on the city’s first bus rapid-transit line, the Uptown BRT, as part of the Uptown Management District’s Boulevard Project. According to the district, new traffic signals are up and running in the north segment and will be operational along all of Post Oak Boulevard by the end of September. In addition, transit stations are under construction along Post Oak, with completion by Nov. 1.The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County expects to launch METRORapid, the name for the BRT service, in March 2020.

The new Uptown/Westpark Transit Center, south of Westpark and just outside I-610, is also under construction. The Texas Department of Transportation is building an elevated segment of bus lanes from Post Oak to North Post Oak Road along I-610, connecting to the Northwest Transit Center, which is being upgraded by METRO.

Timeline: February 2017-December 2019
Cost: $130 million
Funding source: Uptown Management District

Linden and Willow streets and drainage project

The city of Bellaire has almost completed work on portions of Linden and Willow streets. The construction of the two streets involved replacing the existing roadways, adding portions of sidewalks, and adding underground drainage and detention storm sewer lines. The work is funded by the Bonds for Better Bellaire, approved by voters in 2016.

Timeline: fall 2018-fall 2019
Cost: part of $4.8 million allocated for Imperial, Mayfair, Linden and Willow streets reconstruction
Funding source: city of Bellaire

All information on this page was updated as of 7/22/19. News or questions about these or other local transportation projects? Email us at

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Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.
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