May 28, 2008
Metro to hold open house on Southeast corridor today

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METRO is conducting an Open House and a Public Hearing to receive comments on the Southeast Corridor Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement (SFEIS), which was released for public review May 9, when METRO announced the availability of this document to its stakeholders. This document is available online, at select branch libraries and at METRO Headquarters at 1900 Main St.

What: Open House and Public Hearing

Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Time: Open House, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Public Hearing, 6:30 p.m.

Location: Texas Southern University
Science and Technology Building
Atrium and Auditorium

Address: 3100 Cleburne St., Houston, TX 77004
(near Eagle and Ennis)

In 2006, the METRO Board of Directors selected Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)-Convertible as an interim Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the Southeast Corridor with the ultimate goal of implementing Light Rail Transit (LRT) when corridor growth and ridership warranted. A Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was prepared to document this decision. The FTA issued environmental approval for the project in a Record of Decision (ROD) on February 2007. In October 2007, following further analysis of forecasted ridership and costs, the METRO Board of Directors modified the LPA mode and selected LRT as the initial technology for the Southeast Corridor. In November 2007, FTA determined that the modified LPA required the preparation of a SFEIS and the issuance of a new ROD.

METRO will be receiving comments through June 11, 2008.

Metro has made some changes to the alignment of the Southeast and Harrisburg lines, and while it's better than before, there's still room for improvement. Go and be a part of the discussion if you can, so we get the best system we can get.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 28, 2008 to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles