Needed Improvements Or Unnecessary Expenses? The Debate Over METRO’s Proposed $3.5 Billion Bond Issue.

The transit agency is looking to sell voters on a multi-year plan that would greatly expand transit in the region. But a former METRO chairman says he doesn’t think the financing plan is sustainable.

By Gail DelaughterOctober 10, 2019 9:30 am, , , ,

From Houston Public Media:

If you vote in Harris County, you’ll find a request on the ballot next month from the Metropolitan Transit Authority, or METRO. The agency is asking voters to approve a $3.5 billion bond issue to expand bus and rail service and make other improvements.

METRO says the plan is designed to get more riders on board as the region’s population grows. In turn, greater transit use would get more vehicles off the roads. While proponents agree the upgrades are needed, some opponents say METRO isn’t spending its money responsibly.

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