New Bus Network Gets Green Light to Roll Out August 16

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Release Date: June 25, 2015

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The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is the region’s largest public transit provider, offering safe, reliable and affordable transportation services about 370,000 times per day. METRO operates more than 1,200 buses, and METRO's New Bus Network is coming August, 2015. For a good picture of where we are headed see our new system map. METRO's expanded light-rail system includes the Red Line (Main Street and Northline extension), Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast). Other METRO services include: Star Vanpool, METROLift, HOV lanes, HOT lanes, Bikes-on-Buses/Trains program, Park & Ride, and road improvement projects. Learn more about METRO by visiting where you can download information about our T.R.I.P. app and our interactive rider tool METRO 360 [take a seat].  


All Systems Go for METRO's New Bus Network Following Board Approval

METRO Board members have given the green light to the New Bus Network beginning Aug. 16, 2015.  Following dozens of community workshops, meetings with elected officials and two public hearings, the Board approved a few minor adjustments to the plan at its regular Board meeting today.

The network significantly improves the way the Houston region gets around by linking commuters to more destinations seven days a week.  It’s all about improved transit options, including more frequent service, simpler routes and better connections.

METRO will also have various meetings with the public to gather information on service after the New Bus Network is implemented.

In other Board action, METRO approved changes to peak hours for HOV/HOT Lanes on IH-45 North, US-59 South and US-290.  Beginning, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2015, single occupant vehicles will not be allowed in HOV lanes from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Currently the prohibited hours for single occupancy vehicles to access the HOV/HOT Lanes are between 5 - 6 p.m.

METRO's Board has approved providing additional parking spaces at the Grand Parkway Park-and-Ride with long-term plans to build a parking garage.

Board members also approved additional assistance for business owners affected by construction of an overpass along the Harrisburg (Green) Light-Rail Line.  During the construction, traffic will be re-routed.