Houston (Regional Bus Plan)

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Regional Bus Plan

Houston, Texas

(November 1996)


Houston Metro's Regional Bus Plan (RBP) is a package of improvements to the bus system. The $625 million project includes new and extended HOV facilities and ramps, several transit centers and park & ride lots, bus acquisitions, bus service expansion, and supporting facilities.


Section 3035(uu) of ISTEA directed FTA to negotiate and sign a multiyear grant agreement for $500 million. In December 1994, FTA and Houston Metro signed a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) for a total of $625 million . The FFGA calls for FTA to contribute

$500 million (80 percent). In addition to the $125 million (20 percent local share) for projects in the FFGA, Houston Metro intends to fund additional projects costing $375 million entirely with local funds.

Houston received Section 5309 New Start appropriations and obligations between FY 1989 and 1997 totaling $327.33 million. Houston is currently in the construction phase of the Regional Bus Plan.

Proposed Source of Funds Total Funding
Appropriations to Date
Federal: Section 5309 New Start FFGA Amount $500.00 $327.33 million appropriated through FY 1997
Local: $125.00 N/A
Total: $625.00