December 14, 2018 - -

Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) Chair Carrin Patman on Wednesday unveiled a $7.5 billion METRONext Moving Forward Plan during the Greater Houston Partnership's annual meeting.

The proposed long-range plan calls for completing more than 40 projects — including a major light-rail expansion — by 2040 and beyond to address the Houston region's current and projected population growth. METRONext aims to expand commuter options and transit connections, boost bus service and increase technology investments.

"Grappling with that growth from a mobility perspective requires bold and aggressive planning," Patman said in a press release.

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