HOUSTON – Moving to the Future, a political action committee formed to pass the METRO Proposition on the November 2019 ballot, launched its campaign today. Carrin Patman, chair of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO), said:
“The METRO Proposition is a bold new plan for sustainable transit solutions that will provide more transportation choices for more people, connecting them to jobs, education and healthcare – all while improving our economy, environment, quality of life, and competitiveness with other urban areas.”
The METRO Proposition provides funding to implement the METRONext Moving Forward Plan, which increases high-capacity rapid transit services, including:
– Providing more than $4 billion over 20 years to fix our streets and sidewalks
– Extending existing light rail lines and adding a light rail line to Hobby Airport
– Expanding park & rides and commuter service on most major freeways
– Improving service on 260 miles of bus routes
– Creating new Metro Rapid high-speed bus lines which have many of the same advantages as rail
The funds would be provided by the sale of up to $3.5 billion in bonds over 20 years with no new taxes. METRO would also apply for federal matching funds – up to an additional $3.5 billion – to increase METRO’s investment to a potential $7 billion for transit improvements.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, a proponent of the plan, said:
“There are so many reasons to vote FOR the METRO Proposition. It helps seniors and people with disabilities, provides sustainable transportation options and keeps Houston competitive with other major American cities. And it’s the best plan to manage traffic congestion as our region continues to grow.”
Voters can learn more about the campaign at www.VoteForMetro.org and about the METRONext Moving Forward Plan at www.METRONext.org.