Rodeo Crowds Push 2014 Boardings Past 112 Million Mark

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Release Date:

March 28, 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].



Crowds prepare to board METRORail for HLS&R

Record Spring Break and Rodeo crowds turned to public transit for easy access to Reliant Park and the Museum District.   

While Houston makes headlines with the biggest population gain in the nation, its Transit Authority reports record ridership on METRORail's Main Street Line with 112 million boardings charted since the line first opened in 2004.

The three weeks of Rodeo, Cook-off and Spring Break activity combined with our regular boardings pushed METRORail ridership to an unprecedented 1.28 million. That’s up 6.6 % from last year. Nearly 471 thousand of those boardings were for Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo events at Reliant Park.

METRO Pres. & CEO Tom Lambert reports, "The numbers are impressive. We had a record METRORail week from March 16th thru March 22nd with a jump of 8.1 percent from our previous record-setting week. The growing number of riders on our system is a direct result of ongoing work and planning by the Board of Directors, and METRO staff with consistent input from the public."

"We are happy to see this increase and believe it is part of a trend fueled by  confidence in our great transit services," Lambert concluded.


During the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, single-day ridership records were set for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday as shown below:

METRO Bpardings