Groundbreaking event held for METRO new rail line

June 26, 2008 9:22:52 AM PDT
METRO isn't wasting any time getting started on its newest light rail line. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in the East End this morning.The East End line would branch off from the southeast line near Dowling and continue on Harrisburg to the Magnolia Transit Center on 70th Street.

The Houston City council approved the plan just last week. City and METRO officials say the 30 mile corridor will accommodate the transportation needs of a growing community.

"A region which will be less dependent on automobiles and skyrocketing fuel prices ? a region moving towards better mobility and cleaner air," said METRO Chairman David Wolff.

The East End line is expected to be in operation by 2012. METRO plans to build four other lines around town as well.

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