Houston Gets Its Next Portion Of Light Rail Funding

Crews in May tested the new tracks on the North Line near Moody Park.
Millions more are on their way to Houston as part of the federal funding agreement for two new light rail lines.

Congress has now appropriated $94.5 million for construction of the North Line, along with the same amount for the Southeast Line.  The funds are part of the $900 million Full Funding Grant Agreement that was approved by federal officials nearly two years ago.  

Metro has already received nearly $534 million as part of that agreement. The remaining money is expected to be appropriated next year. 

The North Line is a five-mile extention of the current North Line. It is set to go into operation in December. The Southeast Line will tie into the North Line, and will serve Texas Southern University and the University of Houston. It's scheduled to open in 2014.

Also set to open next year is the East End Line, which is being paid for with local money.

Bio photo of Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

Gail Delaughter joined KUHF in October 2008 as Saturday morning news anchor and host. A native of New Orleans and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Gail has extensive experience in Texas and Louisiana as a radio news reporter and morning show anchor and co-host...