Metro CEO Tom Lambert said staff will study the options and return to the board with a suggestion of which line to advance. Based on board comments, however, the Green Line had an edge. Terri Morales noted after driving the Purple Line’s proposed route, she felt there were many more clusters along the Green Line that made sense as potential stations and places where people would want to go.
Metro chairwoman Carrin Patman agreed, noting the economic potential of an East End line.
“I do not think the Purple route as currently designed to Hobby makes sense,” Patman said.
The primary selling point of the Purple Line is it would directly connect the University of Houston and Texas Southern University to the airport.
That potential left the Purple Line some life, in one scenario officials will examine. At the pressing of board member Sanjay Ramabhadran, Lambert said officials will also study if there is an intersection point where it makes sense to extend the Green and Purple light rail lines, then have one of the routes continue the trip to Hobby. That way, both neighborhoods have easier access, without the higher cost of two distinct rail lines.