Uptown Line (METRORail)

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  Uptown Line
Overview
Type Bus rapid transit
(Light rail, future)
System METRORail
Status Design Phase[1]
Locale Houston, Texas
Termini Northwest Transit Center Station (north)
Bellaire/South Rice (south)
Stations 9
(10, future)
Operation
Opening 2017 (estimated)
Operator(s) METRO
Technical
Line length 4.7 mi (8 km)[2]
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)

The Uptown/Gold Line (according to Go METRORail)[3] is a planned 4.7 mi (8 km) METRORail light rail route that will be designed, constructed, and operated by METRO in Houston, Texas. Due to lack of funds, it was announced in early 2013 that the Uptown/Gold Line will be constructed initially as a bus rapid transit line. The design will feature the ability to easily convert the line to light rail in the future. This will allow the line to be functional as early as 2017.[4]

Route[edit]

In the north, the Uptown Line would begin at the Northwest Transit Center, travel southbound crossing I-10 and come to Memorial Station. From here, the link would go underground in the median of I-610, resurfacing after Post Oak Boulevard and servicing the Uptown Park shopping center. This line will provide access to the Houston Galleria and its surrounding businesses. The remainder of the route would travel down the median strip of Post Oak Boulevard, making stops at San Felipe, Ambassador Way, Guilford Court, West Alabama, and Richmond. Transfers to the University/Blue Line would occur at the Bellaire/South Rice Station.

Construction[edit]

Following a statement in 2010 by Houston's mayor, Annise Parker, construction will commence at a time when funding can be secured for this line.[5][6] Furthermore, due to the lack of infrastructure upgrades promised by the Uptown Management District, METRO will hold off on anything related to the line until a deal is arranged.[7]

Stations[edit]

The following is a list of planned stations for the Uptown Line, listed in order from north to south. The initial line will contain 9 stations with the Four Oaks Station being added at an unspecified date in the future.[8]

Uptown/Gold Line
Northwest Transit Center Station
Memorial Station
Uptown Park Station
Four Oaks (future)
San Felipe Station
Ambassador Way Station
Westheimer Station
West Alabama Station
Richmond Station
Bellaire Station*

*Note: this station is shared with the University/Blue Line in order to provide transfers.

Expansion[edit]

Future expansion would include a 1.1 mi (1.8 km) extension northbound to Northwest Mall, as well as a westward expansion to the Hillcroft Transit Center.[9]

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