Some of METRO's top brass gathered at a press conference Nov. 6—following an Election Day that saw the agency's bond pass with just under 68% of voter approval—to discuss the next steps in the process of making a reality the 40 or so projects that are slated to be funded with bond money.
The money will help fund projects in the agency's $7.5 billion METRONext Moving Forward Plan, which calls for 75 miles of new Bus Rapid Transit service—including a new connection to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport—and 16 miles of new light rail, including extensions of Green and Purple lines to Hobby Airport. The plan also includes new construction or improvements to 21 park and ride stations and 110 miles of new or improved high occupancy vehicle lanes, including two-way HOV lanes along I-45 North, I-10 West, Hwy. 249 and parts of Hwy. 59 Southwest.
"We’re going to be coming very aggressively to our Congressional leaders to make sure it’s loud and clear in Washington D.C. that Houston is ready to step up to receive additional funding to make sure we continue to improve mobility and quality of life in this community," he said.