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UHD and METRO Host Main St. Bridge Reopening Ceremony

By: Claire Caton

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) hosted a joint press conference with METRO Monday morning to announce the reopening of the 100-year-old Main Street Bridge, a significant milestone in the company's METRO Rail Expansion Program.

Approximately 40 UHD students joined UHD President William Flores; Gilbert Garcia, METRO chairman; Tom Lambert, METRO interim president and CEO; and other attendees on campus to officially reopen the bridge, which was closed for one year for construction. The bridge will extend the Red Line by more than five miles from the UHD station north via Main to Boundary, crossing east to Fulton, then north again to Northline Commons Mall and the Northline Transit Center.

"Reconfiguring the historic bridge for METRO's new light rail was a huge undertaking," said Garcia. "The process was coordinated with stakeholders at all levels, from the city to the university, as well as the businesses near the line. We are very happy to be able to reopen this bridge."

Speaking to the impact the bridge reopening will have on students, Flores noted, "As many of our students commute long distances and ride METRO to reach campus, the northward extension of the METRO line will greatly expand their transportation options. We are proud to partner with METRO to celebrate this exciting milestone that will provide added convenience to students and help open the door to higher education for more Houstonians."

A contingent of UHD students concluded the press conference by running through a METRO sign that read, "Ahead of its Time!"

To watch the press conference, click here.