Rad Sallee writes about the state of the battle over where the Universities rail line should be, in particular the fuss over the ballot language from the 2003 referendum that authorized Metro to build the line.
[Metropolitan Transit Authority Board Chairman David] Wolff was ceding no ground to anti-Richmond forces who argue that because the 2003 referendum that authorized six MetroRail extensions designated the line as "Westpark," it must go on Westpark Drive.
Wolff said he wanted to review that point with fellow board members "so that if it comes up for discussion in the community, we will all be well informed."
He noted that the resolution authorizing the 2003 vote identified the corridors in various ways — some by a principal street (Westpark), some by an area of the city (Southeast) and some by both (Uptown/West Loop, North Hardy).
The Westpark corridor is described briefly as "approximately 6.6 miles westward from the Wheeler Station (which is at Richmond on the Main Street line) to the Westpark Transit Center, serving Greenway Plaza, West University, Bellaire and the Uptown/Galleria area."
Three of these locations are closer to Westpark than to Richmond, but two are closer to Richmond.
"At no point does it say that this line would be built on Westpark Drive," Wolff said.
By contrast, he pointed out, the resolution specifies the exact streets for the Uptown/West Loop route: "approximately 4.4 miles north from Westpark along Post Oak Boulevard and the West Loop."
It is the board's responsibility to decide where the University corridor line should run, Wolff said.
"In no way is Metro committed that it will be along any specific street," he said.
The more I look at this, the more I am convinced that Metro is acting within the bounds of the referendum. I think this debate is a distraction, and I think it's time we settle it once and for all. The ball's in your court, folks.Posted by Charles Kuffner on April 18, 2006 to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles | TrackBack