Free Rides on METRO Connects Students to Summer Fun

Press Release New Metro Going Places

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Release Date:
May 22, 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 METRO’s 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 useful tools like the RideMETRO app where you can plan your trip and even pay your fare from your phone.


Free Rides for Students with METRO Summer Pass


METRO is taking students to all the fun this summer for FREE with the Student Summer of Fun Pass.  It gives K- 12 students free rides on METRORail, local buses and Park & Ride services June 1, 2017 through Sept.1, 2017.  

"This is such an exciting opportunity that will allow families to get out and explore our area this summer. They can go to a park, visit a library or catch a show," said METRO Board Chair Carrin Patman. 

There are three ways to apply for the pass :

1.Online at under the Summer of Fun Link

2. In person at the METRO RideStore located at 1900 Main or 1001 Travis St
3. Call 713-635-4000 to request a mail-in application. 

The fun continues even when students head back to class. The Summer of Fun Pass becomes a Student Q-Card which allows them to ride for half price.

On June 3, METRO staff will distribute the cards and offer "How to Ride" workshops for students and parents at the Hire Houston Youth Job Fair.  METRO is also partnering with area schools to help inform students about the summer pass. 

METRO reminds parents to speak to their children about rail safety. Trains cannot stop easily or quickly even when moving slowly. Everyone should "Stop, Look and Listen" whenever they are near a train. 

For more information on the program visit or call 713- 739-4000.