Deteriorating Weather Causes Delays and Closures for Commuters

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Release Date:
January 24, 2014

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Deteriorating Weather Causes HOV/HOT Lane Closures and Delays for Commuters

METRO is encouraging Houstonians to avoid travel if at all possible due to the cold front and rapidly deteriorating road conditions throughout the region. Ice reports have caused the closure of all METRO HOV/HOT Lanes and delays in bus service because of detours.

Customers who must commute are cautioned to expect delays throughout the day depending on road conditions.

Icy conditions on roadways are causing METRO to operate as follows: 

Local and Park & Ride buses will offer limited regular service. Weather in some areas will impact our ability to safely deliver service.

  • HOV/HOT lanes: Lanes are  closed due to weather conditions; Park & Ride bus service, Star Vanpools and carpools must utilize main lanes.
  • METRORail is operating normal service; trains will run about every 12 minutes.
  • METROLift  will offer only life-sustaining trips such as dialysis and chemo treatments until noon Friday.

Due to the fluctuating schedules, the METRO T.R.I.P. app is not the best source of “next bus” arrival time information. We encourage customers to call our service line at 713-635-4000. Service alerts will also be on our website,

METRO asks that customers monitor local media, the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service for complete forecast information. 

METRO will alert media and update its website with additional service impacts as needed.