#6 METRO Leads the Way on System Overhaul

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Release Date:
Aug. 10, 2016

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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/HOT lanesBike & Ride program, Park & Ride, and road improvement projects. Learn more about METRO services at ridemetro.org where you will also find information about our T.R.I.P. app, and METRO's Next Bus Arrival texting.  


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METRO's bold switch to the New Bus Network garnered international and national attention from the mass transit community.  Houston had a problem. The city's rapid population growth started to extend across the region and METRO local bus ridership numbers were declining.

Faced with these challenges, METRO took the unconventional approach of rethinking its transportation network starting with a blank slate.  The success of the forward thinking transformation has drawn attention from cities across the nation and even on the other side of the world like Auckland, New Zealand.

Map of Transit Agencies
Map indicates mass transit agencies exploring a new bus network.


More than sixteen mass transit organizations from across the United States have touched base with METRO'S New Bus Network architects.  Four of those agencies traveled to Houston to visit and tour multiple departments for further understanding.

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"All four of these agencies wanted to understand our new system better and have a more in-depth discussion of the policies, procedures, and strategies used to plan and implement our network overhaul," said Kurt Luhrsen, vice president of planning.  "What's capturing other agencies attention is if a city like Houston, where the car is king, can make an extensive transit redesign efficient and increase ridership, many other cities can make an overhaul work too."