The New METRO is continuing work on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the US90A/Southwest Rail Corridor Project with meetings to inform the public about alternatives that will be considered as part of this federal process. The US90A Project newsletter has been distributed to communities in advance of the open house meetings described below.
See here, here, and here for some background. There are four public meetings scheduled, two of which occurred on Tuesday. The others are today at the Together We Stand Christian Church, 1432 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas 77489, next door to the Missouri City Civic Center; and Tuesday, June 12, at The Power Center Southeast Ballroom, 12401 S. Post Oak Road, Houston, TX 77045. Both are from 6 to 8 PM.
There are two alternatives being considered. One basically goes along the UPRR right of way adjacent to US90a all the way from Missouri City to the Fannin South station. The other runs along US90A as above, the turns north and runs through the future Buffalo Pointe development, turns east onto West Bellort, and take that into Fannin South. Both alternatives have a variation where it takes a detour along Airport and Hillcroft, possibly with an extra station in there. Both alternatives end in Missouri City because Metro does not operate in Fort Bend County. There have been discussions with Fort Bend to extend the line beyond that, but that’s beyond the scope of these meetings and this DEIS.
If all goes as planned, Metro would get a Record of Decision by the end of next year, at which point it’s a matter of finalizing the design and securing funds. Their timeline shows construction beginning in 2017 or 2018. We’ll see how that goes.