METRO Launches New Bus Network with Free Rides
In February, METRO'S board of directors approved the Reimagined Bus Network Plan - a redesign of the transit system's local bus network designed to better meet the mobility needs of the Houston area. The system will integrate bus routes with the recently expanded rail service and take into account input from the public and stakeholders.
The new bus network is based on the first comprehensive review of METRO's bus network since the 1970s.
"We are literally taking a blank-sheet look at our entire route system, said METRO Board Member Christof Spieler. "The goal is to come up with a system that's a lot easier to use, that will benefit more people, that will carry more people."
According to the METRO website, nearly all riders will be able to access the service at the same stop they use today. Riders will also be on or near frequent bus service that will allow them to travel to more places than they can currently, with easier transfers and more destinations. Local bus service will be available within a half mile of over 99 percent of existing users.
Metro riders can get answers to frequently asked questions, view side-by-side comparisons of current and updated routes, and navigate the new interactive service map at ridemetro.org.
The new bus network service change will be effective Sunday, August 16. METRO invites Houstonians to take the new service for a test drive with free rides on every bus route and METRORail during the launch week, August 16 to 22.