METRO Board Finalizes Route Changes for New Bus Network

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Release Date:  Wednesday, August 5, 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].  


Final Tweaks Made as METRO Readies New Bus Network

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is counting down to  the New Bus Network.  The Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 launch signals the beginning of an unprecedented overhaul of METRO's local bus system to provide more direct, frequent routes to serve more people and attract new riders

After meeting with community groups, the METRO Board met today and approved two small-scale adjustments which allow the Authority to better serve the transit needs of the region. One adjustment extends bus service hours for patrons in southeast Houston near Peerless Street. The other modification adds alternate service for patrons of the Thomas Street Health Center. METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia emphasized the overall changes are part of a five year plan and stressed the Board's commitment to be flexible as the transition gets underway.

"This Board is trying to be responsive to the community's needs," said Chairman Garcia.

The new system will launch with free rides for a week.

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  • Sunday, Aug. 16 -  Sunday, Aug. 22
  • free on local bus routes
  • free on all light-rail lines

METROLift and Park & Ride not included

METRO's New Bus Network Schedules are now available at

Check out our Next Bus Arrival Texting.  Simply text the bus stop number to a short code and get a text back with bus arrivals in real time. This feature will also launch Aug. 16, 2015.