Media tour of new light rail lines

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Release Date:       April 17, 2015

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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. METRO operates more than 1,200 buses, and METRO's New Bus Network is coming soon. For a good picture of where we are headed see our new system map. METRO is currently expanding its 13-mile Red Line with two new lines under construction. Other METRO services include: Star Vanpool, METROLift, HOV lanes, HOT lanes, Bikes-on-Buses/Trains program, Park & Ride, and road improvement projects. Learn more about METRO visit where you can download our information about our T.R.I.P. app and our interactive rider tool METRO 360 [take a seat].  


Media Invited to Get On Board METRO's New Light Rail Lines


Members of the media have a chance to be among the first to ride METRO's two new light-rail lines prior to the launch of regular service on May 23, 2015. Commuters are already cheering on the arrival, crediting the new lines for increased access and mobility options for east and southeast Houston.    

Members of the media are invited to board a train at 10 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015 at Palm Center Station5400 Griggs Rd., for a tour of the new light-rail lines. 

METRO East End Line map

The first stop is EaDo station near the BBVA Compass Stadium on Texas Avenue. A second train will continue the tour of the historic East End to the Altic Station. Please bring your media credentials

Southeast Line Map

The 3.3 mile Green Line runs from downtown, east along Harrisburg.The 6.6 mile Purple Line travels southeast, connecting downtown to the University of Houston, Texas Southern University and continues to the Palm Center.  Both routes cross the Main St. Red Line, which runs 5.6 miles via the North/Red Line. 

The addition of these two light- rail lines, about 10  miles total, brings Houston's light-rail system to nearly 23 miles.  Light-rail expansion is an essential part of the region's transportation needs by easing our growing traffic congestion and changing the way Houston moves.