METRO Increases Traffic Enforcement Along METRORail Corridors

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Release Date: 
Jan. 30, 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.

200 Reasons Drivers Should Obey Traffic Laws Near METRORail


METRO police have a message for area drivers; start paying attention to traffic signs along the METRORail or get ready to pay up. A jump in illegal left turns prompted a focused traffic enforcement campaign.

More than half of METRORail accidents involve cars illegally turning left and running red lights. The intersection of Fannin at Dryden in the Texas Medical Center was the site of the most accidents involving illegal left turns last year.

For now, METRO Police are educating traffic offenders and giving out warnings, but soon officers will begin writing tickets with fines as high as $200.

“This enforcement is designed to get drivers’ attention. They should stay alert and watch for trains and pedestrians while traveling along METRORail corridors,” said METRO Police Chief Vera Bumpers.  “This campaign is all about improving safety for pedestrians, drivers, and rail operators.”  

Illegal Left Turn

Surveillance footage shows examples of cars turning left properly and illegally. 

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In the Medical Center left turns are allowed, but only at designated intersections.  Below is an example of making a left turn from the trackway. (Click map to expand.)

TMC Safety
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To read more about METRO's recommendations to motorists on how to navigate through the Texas Medical Center, click here.

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