Houston Extends Light Rail
January 6, 2015
Purple Line opening to expand commute choices and provide transit-oriented development opportunities.
In 2001, Houston METRO, which serves the fourth most populous city in the U.S., developed a regional transit plan to improve mobility, reduce traffic congestion, support economic development, and improve air quality in the region. Three years later, METRO took the first step toward realizing this vision by opening the 7.5-mile Red Line. Following a referendum that authorized further expansion of light rail, METRO completed a 5.3-mile extension of the Red Line from the University of Houston-Downtown station to the Northline Transit Center in December 2013.