Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Secures $20 Million for TX-07 in House Infrastructure Package
Fletcher Secured Federal Funds to Improve the 82 Westheimer Bus Route and to Construct a Bicycle and Pedestrian Pathway Connecting Memorial Park with Uptown Houston
Washington, June 30, 2021
Today, Congressman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) announced that she secured $20 million in funding for two key infrastructure projects in Texas’ Seventh Congressional District as part of the House of Representatives’ infrastructure legislation, the INVEST in America Act. The House is expected to vote on final passage of the INVEST in America Act tomorrow, July 1, 2021.
“Across our district, we know the positive impact that rebuilding and reinforcing existing infrastructure and transit systems can have,” said Congresswoman Fletcher. “As we move forward infrastructure legislation in Congress, I was glad to obtain funding for our community that will support two projects, the Westheimer BOOST project and the Memorial Park Connector South bicycle and pedestrian pathway, to connect and improve options in our community.”
Projects championed by Congresswoman Fletcher include:
The Westheimer BOOST Project consists of bus stop enhancements, new bus shelters, improved passenger information, and easier boarding platforms and safe all-door access for the 82 Westheimer bus route. This route is one of the highest ridership bus routes in the METRO system, with more than 13,000 boardings on the average weekday. It is an east-west crosstown bus route connecting dense residential neighborhoods to employment centers, key destinations, and essential services, including Downtown Houston, Greenway Plaza, Uptown, and Westchase.
Congresswoman Fletcher secured $16 million in federal funding for this project in the INVEST in America Act. The total project cost is estimated to be $46 million. The project is being funded in incremental phases as funding is made available.
The Memorial Park Connector South project would construct a bicycle and pedestrian pathway to connect Memorial Park with the Uptown Houston District. The improvements will connect a shared use path connection currently under construction by the City of Houston, east of Briar Hollow Ln. and will connect to a proposed new bridge crossing north of Buffalo Bayou. The project improves safety for pedestrians and bicyclists by providing safe access into and through the Park and it is anticipated to generate approximately 303 new daily pedestrian users and 96 new bicycle users.
Congresswoman Fletcher secured $4 million in federal funding for this project in the INVEST in America Act. The total project cost is estimated to be $5.28 million.