The new light rail line cost $756 million to build, with about 60 percent of the funding coming from the federal government. It runs from downtown and goes through the city's Northside neighborhood, a mixture of older homes, businesses and an industrial/warehouse area. The starter light rail line runs from downtown and goes south past Reliant Stadium,Air Max Scontate Uomo, home of the NFL's Houston Texans.
The grand opening of the new light rail line was marked with a celebration that featured musical performances and activities for kids. Rides on the new light rail line, which cost $1.25, were free on Saturday.