TRANSPORTATION UPDATES METRORapid University Corridor project moves forward
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The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County hosted public forums in July on its plans to expand METRORapid lines along the University Corridor, impacting the Alief, Third Ward and Gulfton neighborhoods. The proposed METRORapid University Corridor project would be a new, dedicated a bus rapid transit line between the Westchase Park & Ride near the intersection of Westpark and Sam Houston tollways and the Tidwell Transit Center near the intersection of Tidwell Road and Hwy. 59. While the project itself was approved by voters in 2019, METRO was seeking input in July regarding route alignments. The project will now continue in the development phase with ongoing studies con- ducted to analyze how the project may impact the environment. The studies will allow METRO and the public to make informed deci- sions on how best to move forward
The proposed METRORapid University Corridor project is a bus rapid transit line projected to run 25.3 miles from the Westchase Park & Ride to the Tidwell Transit Center. Construction is tentatively set to begin in 2025 and finish in 2028. Corridor proposal
ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF JULY 18. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT BMWNEWS@COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. Buffalo Speedway improvement The western portion of the A in- tersection of Buffalo Speedway and University Boulevard closed July 11 for up to six weeks with the intersec- tion set to reopen in late August. The closure allows crews to work on B the third phase of the Buffalo Speedway improvement project, which is expect- ed to be complete in late 2022. Phase 3 tackles road surface reconstruction and drainage improvements between Am- herst Street and Holcombe Boulevard. Timeline: March 2021-late 2022 Cost: $23 million Funding sources: city of West Univer- sity Place, federal grants
Westchase Park & Ride
Tidwell Transit Center
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with the project. Once the studies are complete, the project will move to the engineering phase in late 2023, METRO officials said. The line will operate mostly in METRO-owned right of way in Phase 1—running from the Westchase Park & Ride to the Westpark/Lower Uptown Transit Center; however, it will operate on city of Houston streets throughout Phases 2-5, which run to
the Tidwell Transit Center. Connec- tions will be available to the MET- RORail Red, Green and Purple lines; METRORapid Silver Line; five transit centers; three park and rides; and 14 high-frequency local bus routes. Construction on the line is ten- tatively scheduled to begin in 2025 with completion estimated for 2028. A cost for the project has not yet been determined, METRO officials said.
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