METRO Board Approves Transit Reimagining Plan in Principle

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Release Date:       Sept. 25, 2014

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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, METRO is currently expanding its 13-mile Red Line with two new lines under construction. METRO’s services also include: Star Vanpool, METROLift, HOV lanes, HOT lanes, Bikes-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 and the new digital, interactive rider tool METRO 360 [take a seat].


METRO Board Approves Transit Reimagining in Principle

#SystemReimagining work moves forward with development of schedules.

The METRO Board of Directors approved - in principle - the revamp of the local bus system today. 

The move is not final approval of System Reimagining but authorizes staff to move forward with developing schedules for the massive undertaking while reviewing concerns brought forth today by community members and elected officials.

"We are authorizing the staff to get to a greater level of detail and that greater level of detail will actually allow us to better understand the issues that we have before us," said METRO Board Member Christof Spieler.

Board Member Jim Robinson offered a revised motion during today's board meeting, asking staff to further study impacts of the plan such as the elimination of some routes and implementation of Flex Zones. Staff will also work with the public, bus operators and elected representatives, and present recommendations to the METRO Board in November. 

The goal of System Reimagining is straightforward: make the system easier to use, easier to understand and easier to access. 

METRO took on the challenge of rethinking its bus network last summer. It was a multi-step process that included defining goals, drafting a plan based on the goals, and a public outreach period that generated more than 1,100 comments that led to the plan's refinement. 

The 5-year transit plan features the "Red Network" - a huge transformation and benefit to METRO customers who can do without a schedule with service running every 15 minutes or better. Under the "Blue Network," customers can expect a bus every 16-30 minutes, while the "Green Network" would provide service ranging from 31-60 minutes. 

(Left to right: existing versus reimagined network map)


  • Frequent service seven-days-a-week
  • Reduced wait time at bus stops
  • Simpler routes with updated numbering for improved navigation
  • Stronger connections between bus and expanding rail network

System Reimagining extends the transit reach with its greatly improved frequent access, connecting a million people to a million jobs. Under the modified project plan, 94 percent of METRO's current customers will still be able to access the same bus stop they use today. 

The METRO Board will be briefed on System Reimagining in its regularly scheduled October and November meetings.  Roll out of the plan is projected for June 2015.

For more on #SystemReimagining, click here.