Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston METRO) now has access to the final appropriation of $187.3 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the North and Southeast Lines.
The funds are part of the $900 Full Funding Grant Agreements (FFGA), which were signed by federal officials in 2011 to help Houston METRO build the two light-rail lines.
“All of those funds have been allocated now to Houston METRO in the FFGA, $93 million additional for the North Line, $93 million additional for the Southeast Line. The full commitment of allocation of the FFGA is now with Houston METRO. We need to draw down on it,” said Tom Lambert, Houston METRO president & CEO.
The North Line, a 5.3-mile extension of the existing Red Line, opened December 21, 2013 and the Southeast (Purple) Line and East End (Green) Line, are slated to open later this year.