Expanding Houston’s Light Rail System: 12 Miles, 58,000 Riders, 2,200+ Jobs

If I asked where the heaviest traveled rail line (per track mile) in the country was located, what would you say?

New York, Boston, Washington D.C.?

It’s the Houston Red Line. On November 29th, Houston received recognition for this achievement. Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff signed two agreements providing $900 million to extend Houston’s light rail system by an additional 12 miles. The new North and Southeast lines (map here) will add 13,000 riders , increasing the rail system to 58,000 daily riders.

Construction and light rail operations will employ 2,200 people over the next three years, a substantial boost to the economy. It’s nice when getting people to work puts people to work!


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