METRO, Texas Transportation Institute Seeking Public Comment on Pilot Program

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Release Date: Aug.26, 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. Besides operating more than 1,200 buses on a New Bus Network, METRORail's expanded system includes the Red Line (Main Street and Northline), Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast). METRO’s services also include: STAR VanpoolMETROLiftHOV lanesHOT lanesBikes-on-Buses/Trains program, Park & Ride, and road improvement projects. Learn more about METRO services at where you will also find information about our T.R.I.P. app, Next Bus Arrival texting and the new digital, interactive rider tool METRO 360 [take a seat].  


METRO Wants to Hear From You on HOT/HOV Lane Hours

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County is seeking input on a 90-day pilot program which increased operational hours for HOV and HOT lanes along specific corridors.

To help gauge the popularity of the program, METRO and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute want to hear from you. Drivers who took advantage of the pilot program's extended HOV/HOT lane hours are encouraged to participate in an online survey available at

Participants must be age 18 or over and responses are confidential. The deadline to submit a survey is Nov. 30, 2015. Surveys received by Oct. 7 will be entered for a chance to win a gift card valued at $50. 

On Sept. 30, 2015 METRO will conclude a 90-day pilot program extending the operating hours for HOV/HOT Lanes along the IH-45 South (Gulf), US-59 Southwest, US-290 Northwest, IH-45 North and US-59 North (Eastex) corridors.

During the 90-day pilot program, weeknight operation of the HOV/HOT lanes was expanded from 8 to 11 p.m. outbound. On weekends, inbound lanes were open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.