METRO Board to Review Revised System Reimagining Plan

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Release Date:       
August 22, 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].


METRO's System Reimagining Plan Moves to Next Step: Board Review on Aug. 28

METRO has received about 1,100 comments on its System Reimagining draft plan - a project designed to make it easier to use the system, and connect more people to more places with seven-day-a-week service.

The next step takes the five-year draft before the METRO Board of Directors for discussion and review next week. 

During the Aug. 28 board meeting, METRO staff will present proposed modifications to the draft that aim to address many of the public comments received. Proposals that are accepted by the board will be included in the final plan, which will be presented for a vote by the board at its Sept. 25 meeting.   

The System Reimagining draft was unveiled in May 2014, and that kicked off a two-month public comment period. During this time, METRO also hosted a series of community meetings, and staff visited numerous transit centers to speak with our customers about the project, which:  

  • more than doubles the number of frequent routes
  • reduces wait times at bus stops
  • greatly expands weekend service
  • offers simpler, straighter routes
  • improves connectivity between bus and rail

For an overview of the original plan, click hereMETRO is redesigning its local bus network with existing resources.

Editor's note: Please note the Aug. 28 regularly scheduled METRO Board meeting will primarily focus on System Reimagining. Media interviews will be conducted immediately following the board meeting.