Resending Corrected Version: Changes to METROLift Pay Structure Beginning in New Year

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Release Date: Nov. 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. 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].  


Fare Changes, Free Rides for METROLift Customers

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County(METRO) Board of Directors has voted to approve several adjustments to METROLift fares to ensure the sustainability of the program.  The fare adjustments are the first approved by Board members in 24 years and come after more than two dozen public meetings.

Beginning Feb. 1, 2016, a single ticket METROLift fare will increase by $.10 to $1.25 per trip within the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) required area.  The METROLift fare outside the ADA designated area will be $2.50 per trip.  A 10 ticket book will priced at a 10 percent discount.  METROLift customers will be allowed to ride free on all local, fixed-route buses and Metrorail.

Board members also voted to extend for 12 months both the monthly pass and annual pass for METROLift customers.  The monthly pass will cost $47.25 and the annual pass will cost $418.50.

METRO will also  implement a discounted base fare for paratransit rides to a METRO fixed-route facility, such as a transit center. This will require additional analysis to determine an appropriate discount to encourage a change in travel choices.

The new fares reflect the increased cost of delivering service, simplify the pay structure and ensure the sustainability of the METROLift service.

METRO continues to provide the lowest paratransit base fare of any large city public transportation agency across the country.