Here’s how METRO CEO George Greanias characterizes light rail construction in a KUHF piece:
“Anybody who has remodeled their kitchen knows that it’s a great idea to remodel your kitchen but it is a terrible process to go through. I think everybody admits that building these three rail lines and extending the reach of public transit in Houston is a great thing to do, but it’s a difficult challenge while you’re in the middle of the construction process.”
Don’t worry, though. Greanias says METRO has handed out $2 million to businesses affected by the kitchen remodeling. And, he adds, property values have gone up along the Main Street line, so those affected by current light rail construction have that to look forward to when the remodel is complete.
On a related note, the Houston Business Journal has this:
Only 2.57 percent of Houston workers use public transportation, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data from the Business Journals’ On Numbers. That means only 68,129 people use public transportation to get to work out of the 2.7 million workers in Houston.
Once the new rail lines are operating, that number should skyrocket, fully justifying the billions METRO is spending.