METRO Wants You to Help Develop New Plan

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Release Date: 
June 22, 2017


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 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.

METRO Puts You in Driver's Seat for Future Transit Plan  

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METRO is coming to a neighborhood near you for input on what should happen next to keep the region moving. Billed as a "listening tour," the authority will hold 25 community open house meetings as it develops a new regional transit plan. "METRONext" is designed to build on past successes, examine what works now and prepare for the region's growth. By 2040, the population is expected to reach 10 million.

"It couldn't be more important to hear directly from those people who patronize or have ideas about our system to get a deeper understanding of the region's vision for transit. Success of this critical plan depends on community engagement," said METRO Board Chair Carrin Patman.

All ideas are welcome, from traditional transit solutions to innovative approaches. 

The first open house is Tuesday, June 27 from 2 pm.until 4 p.m. at METRO, 1900 Main Street in downtown Houston. 

"We hope people make the time to attend these meetings.  It's not for us to tell the public what's next for transit but for the community to tell us," said METRO President and CEO Tom Lambert. 

The meetings will be held all across the region through the summer. A schedule with dates, locations and an online form where you can share your vision can be found at

Editors Note:  Interviews with METRO representatives and additional information will be available at the June 27th open house.