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Houston MTA seeks interest for commuter line expansion

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County is interested in procuring a commuter line that is estimated to cost between $400m and $500m.

The transit agency serving the Houston metro region has issued a request for interest for developers and financiers to inquire about building and funding an eight-mile light rail expansion.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County is seeking interest and ideas about developing the US90A/Southwest Corridor commuter line, which it estimates will cost between $400 million and $500 million. The proposal will provide improved mobility, accessibility and system linkage between major residential areas in Ford Bent County to major employment centres in downtown Houston like the Texas Medical Center.

“The proposed project would provide a high-capacity transit alternative to help reduce traffic congestion in the corridor and further the implementation of regional transit connectivity,” MTA wrote.

The transit agency said it is looking for responses from transportation infrastructure contractors, transit operators and investors that would be interested to design, build, operate, maintain or finance the commuter line.

The project is part of a 2003 plan to improve the metro area's transit system. Other possible schemes outlined in the plan include a light rail expansion and a transit center expansion.

MTA will hold an information forum regarding the transit project on 10 January and responses are due 7 February.