METRO Rounds Up Record Rail Ridership with Rodeo

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March 19, 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].


METRORail Rounds Up Record Riders with Rodeo and Spring Break

METRORAil Platform, Rodeo, Reliant Park

Ridership like this at Reliant Park METRORail platforms helped set a new record for ridership.  

METRORail busts another record with a combination of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) and Spring Break riders!  More than 71,000 trips were taken by light-rail on Thursday, March 13 with Maroon 5 performing at HLSR!  That number surpassed the 70,611 highest single day total recorded on March 14, 2012, when The Band Perry had top bill. 


"We couldn't be prouder of this accomplishment. Our operators and staff have been working overtime to earn this big belt buckle for ridership," said METRO Board Chairman Gilbert Garcia.


"They delivered nearly double the normal daily rides last Thursday, proving our point, once again - if you build smart transit ... people will use it. This is a smart system and the addition of our new North Line helped thousands more Houstonians get to Reliant Park for a really great show and exhibit," Garcia concluded.


The daily ridership total for last Thursday was 71,054The average  ridership for typical Thursdays on METRORail the first two months of 2014 is roughly 43,800.  The average ridership for a typical Rodeo concert days this year is about 62,000.


The accomplishment comes just months after the inauguration of service for the first phase of light-rail expansion on Houston's near-north side. The North Line extension contributed 5,129 boardings, or 7.3% ridership for last Thursday's record. METRORail celebrated its 100 millionth boarding in April 2013 - four years ahead of schedule.