METRO STAR is in Houston
Greater Houston’s METRO STAR is a service to help you save money, reduce your stress and relax to and from work. STAR offers hundreds of scheduled routes serving an eight-county area, including Harris, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller.
STAR is a Cost-Effective Public Transportation Option
STAR riders share the cost of the vehicle, fuel, maintenance routes and any parking and tolls. Individual cost is divided by the number of riders creating a personal "fraction" of the total cost. Because STAR vanpools are driven by one or more of the riders, the costs are often less than other public and private options. STAR vanpools are one of the most efficient uses for public and private funding. This efficiency allow STAR vanpools to form quickly and serve locations that other transit services do not or cannot serve cost effectively.
NEW Customized STAR Routes
New STAR routes are forming all the time! If we don’t have an existing route that matches your schedule, we will work to create one. If you know others interested in vanpooling who live and work near you, call us and we can help create a STAR route. STAR routes that travel into and out of Harris County can use the extensive network of HOV and diamond lanes to help reduce your travel time.
STAR Public Financial Support
As a public transportation service, STAR receives financial support from METRO, Texas Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration. This funding support serves as an additional discount for each STAR route to make the cost for each participant even more affordable. Depending on the size of the STAR vanpools, the monthly discount ranges from $150 to $450.
Employer STAR Support
Employers in the STAR service area have recognized and appreciate the value of STAR vanpool routes serving employment locations. Many of these employers have also chosen to provide additional financial support to employees as a transportation benefit to help further reduce the individual monthly STAR cost. Check with your employer to see if a transit and vanpool financial benefit is provided. The STAR team also actively works with area employers to encourage an employer "copay."
STAR Vanpooling – The Safest Way to Go
STAR is among the safest options for your commute to work. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, vanpooling is the safest form of public transportation with the least amount of reported accidents. Vanpooling is even safer than most commute methods, including personal vehicle usage.
STAR is a Public Transportation Service
The STAR vanpool route network is one of the METRO family of services, including local transit, express bus service, METRORail, STAR vanpools and METROLift. All STAR routes are open to the public. The STAR team will work to find the best existing STAR route for you. You will have a reserved seat for your ride to and from work.
Emergency Ride/Guaranteed Ride Home
As a STAR customer, you are automatically enrolled in the Emergency Ride program. Registered full-time STAR riders, who have a qualifying midday emergency or unscheduled overtime, are eligible for a free ride home! Now, that’s peace of mind. All you have to do is call the Customer Service Center at 713-224-RIDE.
STAR Vanpools – Quick and Easy to Start
The METRO STAR vanpool program provides the quickest "new start" option of all METRO services. A dedicated STAR team can help form new routes by identifying riders, drivers, arranging individual costs, and working with employers to help promote and support STAR routes.
STAR Ongoing Support
For existing STAR routes, STAR actively works to keep seats full which results in the lowest possible cost for each rider. STAR can locate and place riders on STAR routes from many neighboring employers to help maximize ridership and low cost.
Let Us Help You Be A STAR!
All you need to do is let us know you’re interested. Click the link below and fill out a simple form. We’ll start looking for the right STAR route and reserve a seat for you.
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For more information about STAR and RideShare, email STAR@ridemetro.org.