City Council Approves Metro Corridors

City Council approves five new Metro corridors. Laurie Johnson has more.
Metro can officially move forward with the next phase of light rail. The Houston City Council approved the Metro Consent Agreement this morning.

That document gives Metro the authority to purchase right-of-way along the proposed light rail corridors.

Council Member Sue Lovell was one of the leading supporters of the agreement. But she urged Metro officials to work harder to build trust in the community.

image of speaker, click here for audio"But I do believe that it is a much needed asset, and it will be an asset to the city. But again I say to Metro, the conversations have to continue to take place. As we go through this difficult construction phase, which is not easy, that the Council Members here can go to their neighbors and say 'see you can trust Metro, they are good to their word, and the mean what they say'."

Last week, council delayed a vote on the Metro agreement — saying the Metro board hadn't done an adequate job of answering questions about the plan.

This week the plan was overwhelmingly approved with only Council Members Jolanda Jones and Mike Sullivan voting against it.

Metro will break ground on the new phase of the light rail plan in the next few day.

Laurie Johnson, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.
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Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...