METRORapid Inner Katy Project


The Inner Katy Corridor is the area along I-10 (Katy Freeway), between the Northwest Transit Center (at the junction of I-10 West and I-610) and the Convention District area in Downtown Houston.

Part of the METRONext Moving Forward Plan, this project aims to do two things:

• Develop a new METRORapid line running for 7.6 miles on I-10 West in this Inner Katy Corridor area, including stations at Shepherd/Durham and Studemont

• Provide exclusive lanes for Regional Express buses using I-10 West and US 290, allowing them to bypass the congestion on I-10 where there's currently no HOV lane


Questions & Answers

METRORapid is a transit service that combines elements of light rail and bus to deliver faster connections and a smooth, convenient ride.

It features:

• Modern design offering 100% accessibility, with wider doorways and level boarding
• Stations and platforms like rail
• Dedicated, transit-only lane to move through traffic
• Transit-friendly traffic signals

The METRORapid Inner Katy Project is a separate project being developed by METRO. It will be designed to connect with the METRORapid Silver Line at the Northwest Transit Center and enable you to connect between Uptown and Downtown without transferring.

Increase connectivity

Downtown and Uptown are two of Houston’s largest employment and activity centers. Although METRO provides local bus service on city streets, there’s no rapid transit connection between Downtown and Uptown.

Reduce congestion

The Inner Katy Corridor is one of the most heavily congested roadways in the Houston area. This affects both motorists and METRO’s Regional Express buses, which operate in mixed traffic where there’s no HOV lane.

The new METRORapid Inner Katy line will provide:

Fast and frequent service

Universally accessible service for all between Downtown and Uptown throughout the day, at night and on weekends.

Faster and more reliable trips

The project will accommodate all of METRO’s Regional Express trips along the I-10 West and US 290 Freeways that currently get bogged down in traffic between I-610 and Downtown. Transit-only lanes in both directions will help reduce travel time and improve schedule reliability for thousands of current riders.

More connectivity

At Northwest Transit Center:

• Create direct connection with METRORapid Silver Line so you can ride from Downtown to Uptown without having to transfer
• Link with several METRO local and Regional Express routes – increasing connectivity to destinations like Texas Medical Center, Greenway Plaza, Memorial Park and Westchase

The project will also provide a fast connection between the METRORapid Silver Line and the METRORail Green and Purple Lines.

More access

• Serve current riders
• Accommodate expected population growth in this area
• Improve access to jobs and economic opportunity

As the project progresses, updates will be added to this page including more opportunities for you to provide input, ask questions, and submit comments.

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Project Overview – 1/13/21

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