Asa we know, today was groundbreaking day for Metro on the North and Southeast lines. Here’s the coverage I could find: an oddly negative story from KTRK, stories from Fox and KHOU, and a story from Texas Cable News that has something near and dear to my heart, namely numbers.
Metro estimates that by 2030 about 129,000 people will be using Metro light rail. Here is the breakdown:
Light Rail 2030 projections
North Corridor 29,000
East End Corridor 14,950
Southeast Corridor 28,750
Uptown Corridor 8,500
And University Corridor 49,200
That doesn’t include the Main Street line, which I might add has far exceeded its initial ridership projections. The projection for the Uptown line feels low to me, but I’ll leave that to the experts to comment on. We don’t have a set route for the Uptown line in any event, and the possibility of the Universities line having multiple routes – one to Gulfton, the other along the Uptown track – is still out there, so these numbers are even more up in the air than usual. But they’ll be something to look back on in another five or ten years, so file them away for later. Urban Houstonian was at the ceremony and posted these pictures for your perusal.