METRO Customers Learn New Bus Routes for Free

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Release Date:  August 18, 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 launched August, 2015. 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].  


Get Onboard METRO's New Bus Network: Free Local Bus Rides

Free rides continue through Saturday, Aug. 22 for METRO customers using local bus routes and light rail.  Since Sunday, tens of thousands of riders have benefited from the free rides promoting METRO's New Bus NetworkPark and Ride and METROLift are not included.

Key features of the New Bus Network include 22 bus routes scheduled to run every 15 minutes or better at least 18 hours a day, seven days a week on major streets.  Customers with questions have been stopping by the Downtown Transit Center to pick up system maps, speak with staff about new routes, and learn about the new tech tools including Next Bus Arrival Texting.


METRO staff at the Downtown Transit Center have handed out hundreds of system maps to riders who will now enjoy expanded weekend service.


Approximately 94 percent of all riders will continue to board at the same stop and bus service is still accessible within a quarter mile of nearly all remaining riders.