Metro has taken the next step in its proposal to build an Intermodal Transit Center north of I-10 near UH-Downtown.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority board Tuesday voted to have staff negotiate the purchase of nine acres of the railroad's Hardy Yard, bordered roughly by Main to the west, Elysian to the east, Burnett to the North and Lyons and Conti to the south.
The site is near North Main about a half-mile from the University of Houston-Downtown station at the north end of Metro's present Red Line, to which it would connect.
Metro spokesman George Smalley said the agency wants to build an "intermodal" terminal to "provide a nucleus" for buses and pedestrians to connect with the Red Line and future light rail or Bus Rapid Transit on the planned North, East End and Southeast lines.
Metro's long-term plans also call for a commuter rail line from U.S. 290 and northwest Houston that could terminate at the site, he said.
A public meeting on the project is set for 5:30 p.m. June 8 at Ketelsen Elementary School, 600 Quitman.