Congressman Al Green supports approval of METRO project to expand Light Rail in Houston


Houston, TX – December 2, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman Al Green (TX-09) expressed his support today for the Federal Transit Administration’s decision to approve a project that aims to expand Houston’s Light Rail System to different areas of the city.

Specifically, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has approved the University Corridor Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, which was presented by the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO), into the preliminary engineering phase of FTA’s New Starts program.

“This is a good project because it is beneficial for Houston in general, but it is also particularly advantageous for the residents of the west and southwest sections of the city because it will allow them to commute to their job centers in the Greenway Plaza area,  the Galleria, the Medical Center and downtown,” said Congressman Green.

The new line, which is expected to open for revenue service in June 2014, would cover 11.3 miles and include 19 stations, with parking facilities at three of them. It would operate at six minute headways during peak and off peak periods by the forecast year (2030).

“It is important for Houston to keep developing a modern system of public transportation because that will reduce pollution and will also show that our city is going in a positive direction that confirms it is one of America’s leading metropolitan areas. This new line that METRO is projecting has that objective and that is why I support this endeavor,” added Congressman Green.


Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz
Press Secretary
Congressman Al Green, 9th District-Texas
United States House of Representatives
3003 South Loop West, Suite 460
Houston, TX 77054
Office Phone: 713-383-9234/Extension 111
Cellular Phone: 202-527-1109
Fax: 713-383-9202
Email: Alvaro.Ortiz (at) (dot) gov


On January 4, 2007 U.S. Representative Al Green took the oath of office to serve the people of Texas’ 9th Congressional District and began his second term in the United States House of Representatives. As a veteran civil rights advocate, he has dedicated his life to fighting for those in society whose voices, too often, are not heard.

Congressman Green’s chief legislative priority for the 110th Congress is creating a Federal Living Wage. As the Democratic Whip for Region 6 and one of the newest members of the Committee on Homeland Security, Green is dedicated to increasing U.S. port and border security and reducing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. He also serves on the Financial Services Committee where he continues his fight to eliminate insurance, housing and lender practices that have historically victimized low and moderate income communities. Additionally, Congressman Green remains committed to increasing the levels affordable housing and ensuring that every American realizes the dream of homeownership.


Alvaro 'Al' Ortiz (Press Secretary)
Office Phone: (713) 383 9234 Ext. 111
Cell Phone: (832) 606 5869

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