Transit Picture Improves With Rising Temperatures

Press Release New Metro Going Places


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Release Date:
January 24, 2014

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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, METRO is currently expanding its 13-mile Red Line with two new lines under construction. METRO’s services also include: Star Vanpool, METROLift, HOV lanes, HOT lanes, Bikes-on-Buses/Trains 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 the new digital, interactive rider tool METRO 360 [take a seat].



Break In Weather System Allows METRO to Begin More Normal Service Schedule

METRO is beginning to reestablish bus service on routes using primary roads such as highways.  That service was detoured and delayed because of icing on freeways and overpasses. Friday's severe weather cut ridership substantially, so METRO will run reduced service levels for this afternoon's rush hour. All routes will be serviced but frequency of that service will be affected.  Despite reduced service levels METRO will ensure that the last scheduled trips are available. Please be patient as our staff works to get you home safely.

Icy conditions on roadways have prompted the following actions:

  • Local and Park & Ride buses are in service for the evening commute but riders are cautioned to expect 15 to 30 minute delays on any line.
  • HOV/HOT lanes (290,59 and 45): Lanes remain closed due to weather conditions; Park & Ride bus service, Star Vanpools and carpools must use main lanes on the freeways.
  • METRORail is operating with trains running about every 12 minutes.
  • METROLift  is also experiencing delays. Please be patient as we adjust service to accommodate your trip.

We encourage customers to call our service line at 713-635-4000 to learn more about particular route schedules. We do ask your patience due to heavy call volume. At this time the METRO T.R.I.P. app is NOT the best source of “next bus” arrival time.  Service alerts are also 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.