METRO Ridership Hits New Record with Super Bowl LI Service

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Release Date:
February 6, 2017

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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 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. 


Super Bowl LI Shatters Records with Historic One-Day METRORail Ridership

crowded train
Riders pack METRORail Red Line car on the way to Super Bowl LI.

METRO was a top transportation choice for fans whose ridership broke records over the extended Super Bowl LI celebration. More than 700,000 boardings during the nine-day period were tallied on METRORail and METRO special shuttle buses.  

Four of the five highest single-day ridership totals in METRORail's history occurred Wednesday, Feb. 1 through Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. Approximately 109,500 Saturday boardings set a new one-day rail record.


Packed train cars and crowded platforms were common as thousands used METRORail and shuttles to reach the big game and related events.


patman on platform

"The feedback we have received has been tremendous. So many have called and messaged about their positive experiences using METRO over these past several days," said METRO Board Chair Carrin Patman. (pictured left)

"We are thrilled we were able to serve the community in such a meaningful way, and work in close partnership with the extraordinary leadership of Ric Campo and Sallie Sargent of the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee. We also applaud the great coordination at the city, county, state and federal levels. This was truly a team effort as Houston welcomed the world for Super Bowl LI."

METRO's newest rail lines, the Green and Purple, saw three straight days of highest single-day ridership.

lambert on platform

"This effort was more than two years in the planning and to see the community embrace and rely on our services in such a big way is extremely rewarding," said METRO President & CEO Tom Lambert.  "Our expanded transportation network has grown rapidly in the last three years, and METRO’s dedicated staff proved we can deliver when it’s time for a world-class event and every day."

(METRO President & CEO Tom Lambert, pictured wearing red cap, greets riders.)

Special METRO shuttles also helped people reach the largest Super Bowl events with an estimated 26,700 boardings. That figure combined with 680,100 boardings on METRORail totals 706,800 on METRO’s Super Bowl Connection service.