Houston votes for light rail expansion

June 18, 2008 5:04:35 PM PDT
The Houston City Council approved the addition of five new light rail lines Wednesday to help ease congestion in the nation's fourth-largest city.The rail lines approved in a 13-2 vote could be completed by 2012, the Houston Chronicle reported in its online edition.

Houston was listed Tuesday as the seventh-most congested city in the nation by Inrix, a traffic information service. The rail lines would give the city 30 additional miles of light rail ? up from the current 7.5 miles, said Metro spokeswoman Sandra Salazar.

Metropolitan Transit Authority Metro President and CEO Frank Wilson said Metro would meet soon with city officials and stakeholders along proposed routes for the rails.

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