FTA, Houston Officials Looking at U.S. 90A Corridor Improvements

HOUSTON — The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County are planning to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) examining proposed transit improvements to the U.S. 90A/Southwest Rail corridor in the Houston metropolitan area.

The corridor extends approximately eight miles from the vicinity of the Fannin South Station at the southern terminus of the existing METRORail Red Line to West Sam Houston Tollway (known as “Beltway 8”) in Missouri City, Texas.

Officials have identified the corridor in a long-term transportation plan “as a priority transportation investment.”

The corridor continues to increase in population and employment with limited traffic capacity on existing streets and highways resulting in increased travel time, delays, and air pollution. Portions of the corridor are already densely developed, and new development and redevelopment is occurring along the corridor and is expected to generate increased travel demand, according to officials.