How To Ride METRO

 

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Local Bus

METRO's local bus service runs mostly along city streets, making stops at every other corner along the designated route. Routes are color-coded based on service frequency during the midday and weekends. Orange indicates weekday peak periods only, during rush-hour commutes.

The red network: These red routes are frequent routes with buses scheduled every 15 minute or less on 22 major routes, at least 15 hours a day – seven days a week.

The blue network: These blue routes operate similarly to the red routes with buses scheduled every 16 to 30 minutes, 18 or more hours a day – seven days a week.

The green network: These green routes offer buses every 31 to 60 minutes, at least 14 hours a day, seven days a week. This is designed to offer broad coverage in areas where there's light ridership.  

Find bus schedules here. You can print a map of the entire system here. Explore our system with our interactive service map. This is where you can check out bus routes, rail lines, HOV/HOT lanes, transit centers and bus or rail stops. Click on only the route you want and zoom in for exact bus stops.

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METRORail

METRO’s light-rail network features 23 miles of fast and efficient light-rail service to some of the region’s most popular destinations:

Red Line (North Line) - Travels from NRG Park to the Texas Medical Center, Museum District, Downtown, Northline and numerous stops in between.

Green Line (East End Line) - Travels along Harrisburg from the Magnolia Transit Center through the Historic East End to a variety of downtown and entertainment and business destinations.

Purple Line (Southeast) - Travels from downtown along Capitol and Rusk to popular destinations such as Texas Southern University and the University of Houston.
Cost to ride is just $1.25 each way.

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METROLift

Our curb-to-curb shared-ride paratransit service provides transportation for persons with disabilities who cannot board, ride or disembark from a METRO fixed-route bus, even if that bus is equipped with a wheelchair lift or ramp.

This subscription service is available to qualified applicants only.

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METRO STAR

STAR vanpool provides transportation directly to and from work. STAR serves more than 700 routes in an eight-county area. Register online to find a match for your commute, or call 713-224-RIDE to help start a vanpool for your route. STAR offers employers administrative and management support for corporate vanpool programs. 

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HOV / HOT Lanes (Express Lanes)

METRO manages the region’s High Occupancy Vehicle / High Occupancy Toll (HOV / HOT) Lanes, referred to as Express Lanes, on the Southwest, Gulf, North, Eastex and Northwest freeways.

METRO's Express Lanes allow drivers with two or more occupants or solo drivers who pay a toll to use these lanes during scheduled times.

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Bike & Ride

METRO allows cyclists to bring their bikes on our buses and trains.

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a weekday bike commuter, METRO helps you bike and ride to the office or to get your errands or exercise in.

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Transit Centers

METRO’s 20 Houston area Transit Centers serve as waiting areas for passengers. These “hubs” allow riders to board a bus or transfer from one route to another to reach their ultimate destination.

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Park & Rides

METRO currently offers 29 conveniently located Park & Ride facilities offering direct, nonstop service to downtown, the Texas Medical Center and other major employment centers across the region.