The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County this morning began a series of meetings to initiate an environmental process on the US 90A/Southwest Rail corridor that will extend approximately eight miles from the vicinity of the Fannin South Station at the southern terminus of the existing METRORail Red Line to West Sam Houston Tollway (Beltway 8) in Missouri City, Texas. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
“The US 90A/Southwest Rail corridor is part of METRO’s overall long-range plan,” said Kimberly Slaughter, senior vice president of service design and development. “This corridor was included in our successful 2003 METRO Solutions referendum and has been identified by the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s 2035 Regional Transportation Plan as a priority corridor for a transportation investment.”
Slaughter said that public scoping meetings in an open house format will be held later this month to communicate information about the study and to seek input from the community. Release
“The purpose of the scoping meetings is to determine the scope of the environmental impact statement so all potential environmental impacts, whether they are wetlands, or they are sensitive land uses where residents live, where schools may be located, what potential impacts that there may be to those locations – those current land uses – and how any impacts that may be realized will be mitigated or addressed; and the process will be documented in this particular report,” Slaughter said.