A letter from the Federal Transit Authority released this morning by the office of long-time light-rail derailer US representative John Culberson announces that the comatose plans for rail construction along Richmond Ave. have now lost eligibility for federal funding due to the project’s lack of major progress, reports Dug Begley for the Houston Chronicle.
Previous plans for the University Line show it running from the Wheeler Red Line station along Richmond to Cummins St., where a turn south would take the line down to Westpark Dr. before continuing out to the Hillcroft Transit Center just past 59 — connecting along the way to the also-stalled Uptown rail-turned-bus-line). The Richmond part of the route includes a 1.7 mile stretch west of S. Shepherd Dr. that falls in Culberson’s district; the rest of the route to Hillcroft falls within 7th district territory as well.
Begley writes that the plan for the University line isn’t necessarily dead — it just has a few extra stops to make on any potential paths forward: “Culberson and Metro officials last year came to agreement that any further rail development using federal funds in the region will go back to the voters. If Metro receives approval and the local money needed, transit officials could go back to Washington looking for funding.”
- Federal funding pulled for light rail line construction along Richmond Avenue [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: A Special Kind of Limbo for Metro’s University Line; More Light Rail Previews: The University Line Drive-Thru; Metro’s University Line Acquisition Line-Up: What Stays and What Goes Along Richmond Ave.; Mayor Parker: Maybe We Can’t Build the University or Uptown Light Rail Lines; The New New Metro Rail Map: University Line Takes the Uptown Express, TSU Takes a Hike