METRO to Detour Several Bus Routes in Dowtown Area

Press Release New Metro Going Places

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Release Date:       
April 8, 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].



Several METRO bus routes - primarily Park & Ride -  face detours Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning due to downtown street closures prompted by a visit from President Barack Obama.

Smith Street at Clay and the I-45 exit access to Jefferson Street will be closed from 12 noon Wednesday, April 9 through 12 noon Thursday, April 10. Portions of Pease and Brazos will also be closed.

The following bus routes will be impacted by the Smith Street closure:
53, 81, 82, 88, 163, 214, 216, 217, 219, 221, 222, 228, 229, 261, 262, 265, 269, 274, 

The following bus routes will be impacted by the Jefferson Street closure:
202, 204, 209, 212, 255, 256, 257, 259

METRO will have staff on hand during the afternoon rush hour to help assist customers.

For more information on routes and schedules, please visit or call customer service at 713-635-4000.