Sugar Land (TX) Yesterday, Congressman Al Green (TX-09) presented the US 90A Commuter Rail project, one of his main priorities in Congress, to Fort Bend County’s entrepreneurs. The Congressman emphasized this project has the potential to be a decisive step toward the expansion and continued development of a first class public transportation system for the Houston metropolitan area.
Addressing a standing room only audience, which included members of the Fort Bend County Chamber of Commerce, as well as local elected officials and area residents, Congressman Al Green said the US 90A Commuter Rail line “is a good way to bring tax dollars back to our community.” He stressed that the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) deems this project, also known as US 90A Corridor, as one of the main endeavors to expand its light rail system with the goal of connecting Downtown Houston to its surrounding residential areas.
The US 90A Corridor aims to establish a one seat ride between the Texas Medical Center, Missouri City and Stafford by means of a light rail line approximately 8.2 miles long. According to METRO’s estimates, there would be a 12,000 person ridership in the opening year, which could increase to 23,000 by 2030. Furthermore, with this rail expansion, it is estimated the new line could create 3,000 jobs.
Congressman Al Green thanked the mayors of Missouri City, Allen Owen, and Stafford, Leonard Scarcella, for the determined support they have shown to the rail line plan since it won approval by the voters in the 2003 METRO Solutions referendum. “Their drive and enthusiasm to turn this project into a reality has laid the foundation upon which we have formed a strongly unified coalition. That is one of the principal reasons we are successfully moving forward in Congress.”
The Congressman explained he has led the effort to allocate funds for the US 90A Corridor in the 111th Congress, citing that, on July 29th, the House of Representatives passed the Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill with an allocation of $1 million for the project.
“There are demographic studies which forecast that the population of the Houston area will have increased by 3.5 million people in 2035. I think this is a clear signal that developing our public transportation system is a goal we should focus on. This rail line has enormous potential to become one of the most notable infrastructural assets that will propel Fort Bend County to the vanguard of 21st century urban development in the Houston area,” concluded Congressman Al Green.