On May 23, 2015 Metro Transit Authority held its connecting communities Rail Fest. The festival celebrated the opening of two new rail lines (green & purple). The new line allows its travelers easier access to downtown’s Theater District and nightlife, as well as surrounding entertainment venues such as Discovery Green and the Toyota Center. The Green Line (East End) runs 3.3 miles from downtown, east along Harrisburg, and Purple Line (Southeast) runs 6.6 miles southeast connecting downtown with University of Houston, Texas Southern University, and Palm Center. Both lines will now cross existing Main Street Rail Line.
The festival began with a crowd pumping performance by Texas Southern University’s Ocean of Soul Marching Band. The electrifying tunes of the band had the Mayor and Congress Woman Shelia Jackson Lee grooving to the beat. After the ribbon ceremony, the crowd moved into the BBVA Compass Stadium for a free concert. The show opened with two local bands Zenteno Spirit and The Earnest Walker Band, both bands brought down the house. And yes, they had or city and state officials getting into the groove once again. After the local bands, fans enjoyed the smooth pop of Grammy nominated multi-platinum recording artist Frankie J, and lastly, bringing a close to the festival, there was an exhilarating performance by Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer, NE-YO! Gliding across the stage and delivering smooth vocals, Ne-Yo ended the concert with the toss of his hat and supersonic solos from his band. After of which, he signals background screen explosion and walks off stage.
Rail Fest 2015 is certainly an event to remember, and we are grateful to the engineers and city officials continue to seek out ways in keeping Houston cultured and connected.