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METRO Houston decides against federal grant for University Corridor Project [Video]

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HOUSTONMETRO Houston has announced its decision to forego pursuing a federal grant application for the University Corridor Project, citing financial concerns and a need to prioritize essential services.

The decision comes after METRO’s financial review revealed challenges from reduced ridership and increased costs exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The issues were discussed in the June 18 strategic planning meeting agenda.

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The project, envisioned as the nation’s largest connected bus rapid transit line spanning over 25 miles, aimed to link major job centers and universities across Houston.

Despite being a cornerstone of METRO’s future plans, the estimated $1.5 billion project cost posed significant financial strain. METRO Chair Elizabeth González Brock emphasized that the federal grant would not cover the entire liability, potentially impacting day-to-day operations and essential services such as public safety and transit frequency.

“Our priority is to maintain a safe, …

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