METRO Has Your Free Ride to City Cooling Centers During Extreme Heat

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Release Date:       Aug. 10, 2015


As local residents struggle to cope with extreme heat conditions, METRO rolls at no charge to area's designated cooling centers.


METRO is offering free rides to 49 public facilities where the City of Houston is making relief available from this period of extreme heat

A map of open cooling centers is available online at



Summer day at Downtown Transit Center


The city is activating the Public Health Heat Emergency Guideline, which allows METRO to provide free rides to designated cooling center.  Some METRO vehicles are also being supplied with bottled water to help those who may need a cool drink.


The National Weather Service forecasts rising temperatures in the next few days, with a heat index today of 110, and indices of 108 to 110 throughout the week. 

METRO supports area emergency responders with this type of help whenever it is requested to ensure the safety and comfort of personnel involved in critical work. When the weather itself becomes the problem METRO puts its resources at the service of the city and the communities who need it.  


If you need transportation or know of someone who does, please call 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311 to request a ride.   For more information about Houston's cooling centers, visit the city's website. 

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