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Houston voters reject $2.35 billion rapid-rail plan

Despite freeway traffic jams of up to 14 hours, residents of the nation's fifth largest city and surrounding towns in a referendum Saturday rejected a $2. 35 billion bond proposal for a new rapid-rail project and increased bus service.

With 98 percent of the precincts counted, 61.6 percent had rejected the proposal to double the Metropolitan Transit Authority 429-bus fleet and build the first 18 miles of a rapid rail passenger system.

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Despite the fact the bond election was the largest ever put before voters in the area served by Metro, only 12.2 percent of those eligible voted. The light turnout was a key in the defeat, said Metro's general manager.

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