Bus Bridge Will Serve Purple Line Riders As Signal Work Resumes

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Release Date:
Dec. 8, 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 as well as our free Mobile TIcketing app. 


Bus Bridge Will Serve Purple Line Riders as Signal Work Resumes


A bus bridge will be used over the next two weeks to assist Purple Line passengers whose usual METRORail ride is not available due to signal improvement work. 

The bus bridge begins Friday, Dec. 9 at 10 p.m. and runs to Saturday, Dec. 24 when rail service resumes.

The bridge extends along the Purple Line from between Palm Center and Eado/Stadium stations. 

METRO will provide service via buses labeled "800 Shuttle" to bridge the closure and transport affected passengers. Signs at closed rail platforms will guide riders to nearby rail shuttle stops. Shuttle buses are scheduled every 12 minutes, but please allow for extra time to complete trips. METRO staff will also be on hand to assist riders during normal rail service hours. A bus bridge map can be found here. 

This signal improvement work addresses axle counter malfunctions that have slowed METRORail service and increased travel time for drivers at rail crossings.

Click here for video examples of what drivers have encountered as a result of malfunctions.