Solicitation expected soon for Metro’s $56M emergency operations center
Departmental coordination and environmental reviews are underway at the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) on a proposed $56 million emergency operations center.
Metro emergency operations center rendering
According to a presentation to Metro’s Capital & Strategic Planning Committee earlier this month, the authority plans to initiate acquisition activities in January 2022 and begin procurement soon.
Following Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Metro received a federal grant award to construct a police and emergency mobilization center at a location to be determined. Since receiving the grant award, a bank parking garage site across the street from Metro’s Downtown Transit Center and adjacent to the MetroRail Downtown station became available.
Metro’s development will include an emergency operations center for police emergency staging and mobilization needs in downtown Houston. The site also may be used as a multifunctional facility housing Metro’s community services such as a police storefront, a Metro ride store, accessibility applications, and training center as well as space for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) retail opportunities. It also will provide a garage to accommodate parking for customers, Metro employees, and Metro’s fleet pool vehicles.