HOUSTON — Transit authority administrators told taxpayers that they would expand the region’s bus service and, by Dec. 31, build four light-rail lines with $640 million worth of bonds, plus sales tax proceeds from the region and federal grants.
Yet, Texas bus ridership and routes have dipped. Three rail lines are under construction, which officials now say will be finished in 2014. The fourth is in the design phase, but Metro officials don’t know how it will be funded.
With a referendum on Metro’s revenue structure planned for the November ballot, voters and public transit officials alike are considering the terrain — and how that compares to what planners envisioned a decade ago.