Monday, September 29, 2003

Light Rail is arriving in Houston in 2004

We live three blocks from one of Houston's new MetroRail stations. On purpose.

The future of alternative public transportation in this city of concrete freeways looks like it will finally arrive early next year. To celebrate this momentous occasion as well as to assist in the promotion of many more miles construction in the future, an ongoing portfolio is to be created in the next three months. It will take the form of a chronology but will also take a hard look at the artistic side of the MetroRail concept. Pro-rail groups are welcome to link and refer.

The current status is that four trains have been delivered and are being tested at the southern end of the 7.5 mile system. More trains should arrive next week. The system is slated to start passenger operations on January 1, 2004, in time for the Superbowl. I spoke with an engineer at South Fannin on Friday and he is confident that the start date will be honored.

Laying the Tracks - May 2002

Future single line operation on San Jacinto in the Museum District. Downtown Houston in the background.