Some more details in today's paper on yesterday's City Council vote in favor of the Metro consent agreement.
Current plans call for the University line to run on Wheeler from Main to Ennis, where it would turn north alongside Texas Southern University. Metro said access to TSU was one reason for favoring Wheeler.
Councilwoman Jolanda Jones and several residents with homes on Wheeler, a major thoroughfare of the old Third Ward area, told council Tuesday that rail would change the street's character and restrict vehicle traffic.
U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, asked Metro to rethink the route, saying Wheeler "has great history and is part of the fabric of the community."
Metro President and CEO Frank Wilson said council members would arrange a meeting, possibly Monday, among Metro, city officials and residents and businesses along Wheeler to hear their concerns and consider possible alternative routes.
Wilson and Jackson Lee would not say what alternative should be considered, but Metro's federally required environmental analysis compared the Wheeler route to others on Alabama and Elgin.
Another segment of Wheeler farther east -- running from Scott to Martin Luther King, and along the south edge of the University of Houston -- is part of the planned Southeast line. Metro is not planning to review it, Wilson said.
Metro still faces a long road. Federal funding is not guaranteed, a lawsuit challenges the plans for rail on Richmond Avenue, and Metro has yet to agree to terms with a contractor to build and operate the system.