Houston, Texas/Regional Bus Plan

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Regional Bus Plan

Houston, Texas

(November 1998)


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


In December 1994, FTA and Houston Metro signed a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) for $500 million (80 percent) in Section 5309 new starts funds and 20 percent in local resources. TEA-21 Section 3030(a)(30) authorizes the Houston Regional Bus Plan—Phase I for final design and construction. Through FY 1999, Houston Metro has received $437.48 million in Section 5309 New Starts funds for the project. Houston is currently in the construction phase of the Regional Bus Plan. All projects are now expected to be completed by December 2004.

Locally Proposed Financing Plan

(Reported in $YOE)

Proposed Source of Funds Total Funding
Appropriations to Date
Federal: Section 5309 New Starts FFGA Amount $500.00 $437.48 million appropriated through FY 1999
Local: Houston Metro $125.00 N/A
Total: $625.00

Note: Totals may not add due to rounding.

[Houston Regional Bus Plan Map (PDF)]