METRO Board to Review New Recommendations on System Reimagining Draft

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Release Date:       
August 28, 2014

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METRO Board to Review New Recommendations on System Reimagining Draft

System Reimagining - a sweeping plan to revamp the local bus network - is now in the court of the METRO Board of Directors.

Staff presented a series of modifications to the initial draft plan during today's regularly scheduled board meeting.

The recommendations stemmed from the more than 1,100 public comments METRO received on the System Reimagining project.   

The public's input was a key component to tweaking the draft, and among the recommendations proposed, staff did aim to address several areas the community had concerns about, including:

  1. Weslayan/West University Place: Community did not consider Weslayan suitable for bus service. The recommended alternative moved the proposed route off Weslayan to Buffalo Speedway and connected it to the Texas Medical Center.
  2. Jones Road/Jersey Village: Residents opposed to service running on Jones. Recommended alternative removes the proposed route altogether.
  3. Louetta Road/Vintage Lakes: Bus service on Louetta Road was opposed. The alternative re-routes buses via Hwy 249 to University Park.

For complete details on all the proposed recommendations to the draft plan, please click here.

The System Reimagining team noted the spirit of the plan remains intact with many benefits:

  • Simpler, more frequent service seven-days-a week
  • Stronger connections between bus and expanding rail network
  • Reduces wait times at bus stops

System Reimagining also aims to boost local bus ridership by 20 percent after two years.  For an overview, click here.


The METRO Board of Directors will now review the public comments, staff recommendations and submit its feedback. A final plan will then be presented to the board for its vote on Sept 25.

Once approved, implementation is planned for June 2015.