Press Release New Metro Going Places

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Release Date:       October 2, 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 ridemetro.org 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 first CAF USA  rail car, 301, has successfully completed its burn-in period, clocking the required 4,000 miles.  

Before a light-rail vehicle (LRV) can be put into service for public use, it’s required to simulate regular service to test its safety and functionality. 

“This is a great step forward in the expansion of our light-rail program and we look forward to working with CAF as the remaining vehicles are received, accepted by METRO and are ready for revenue service,” said METRO President & CEO Tom Lambert.

Since 301 is the first of the CAF rail car series on order, it’s required to endure more miles of testing. The remaining LRVs will only need to complete 1,000 miles of burn-in per vehicle. 

CAF USA is a subsidiary of Spain’s Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, and is currently working to complete METRO's order of 39 light-rail vehicles for its rail expansion project. To date, 12 CAF LRVs have been delivered to Houston.