METRORapid University Corridor Project


METRORapid

Part of the METRONext Moving Forward Plan, this project aims to develop a new METRORapid line running for 25.3 miles. The line would operate in a dedicated, transit-only lane to move through traffic.

The University Corridor begins at the Westchase Park & Ride near the intersection of the Westpark Tollway and the Sam Houston Tollway. It ends at Tidwell Transit Center, near the intersection of Tidwell Road and U.S. Highway 59.

The proposed route alignment passes through multiple residential, business and education centers:

Segment 1 (from Westchase to Lower Uptown)
Segment 2 (Greenway / Upper Kirby and Montrose)
Segment 3 (from Wheeler Station to Eastwood Transit Center)
Segment 4 (from Eastwood Transit Center to Greater Fifth Ward)
Segment 5 (from Greater Fifth Ward to Tidwell Transit Center)

 

Overview

METRORapid is a transit service that combines elements of light rail and bus to deliver faster connections and a smooth, convenient ride.

It features:

  • Modern design offering 100% accessibility, with wider doorways and level boarding
  • Stations and platforms like rail
  • Dedicated, transit-only lane to move through traffic
  • Transit-friendly traffic signals

Deliver on voter-approved plan

The University Corridor project was a key component of the METRONext Moving Forward Plan, which was approved by nearly 70% of area voters in 2019.

Increase mobility

The University Corridor is home to some of the region's busiest and most congested streets. Currently, buses in the corridor operate in mixed traffic which reduces the efficiency for METRO customers and impacts motorists as they wait for buses to load and unload passengers in a shared lane.

The new METRORapid University Line will provide:


Frequent service to key destinations

Universally accessible service to multiple residential, business and education centers.


More reliable trips

Transit-only lanes will help reduce travel time and improve schedule reliability for riders.


More connectivity

The line would connect with:

  • Various local METRO bus routes
  • METRORail Red, Green and Purple Lines
  • METRORapid Silver Line in Uptown
  • Multiple METRO Park & Ride facilities
  • Multiple METRO transit centers

More access

  • Serve current riders
  • Accommodate expected population growth in the region
  • Improve access to jobs and economic opportunity

As the project progresses, updates will be added to this page including more opportunities for you to provide input, ask questions, and submit comments.

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Route / Connectivity

The line will offer a one-seat ride from Westchase to northeast Houston. It will serve the following communities and more:

  • Westchase
  • Gulfton
  • Sharpstown
  • Uptown
  • Greenway / Upper Kirby
  • Montrose
  • Midtown
  • Greater Third Ward
  • Greater Eastwood
  • Second Ward
  • Greater Fifth Ward
  • Denver Harbor
  • Kashmere Gardens
  • Eastex / Jensen

The line will run past or nearby to:

  • Houston Community College (West Loop and Central Campuses)
  • University of St. Thomas
  • Texas Southern University
  • University of Houston (Main Campus)

Yes. It would connect at the Westpark / Lower Uptown Transit Center. You can then transfer to the Silver Line which runs along Post Oak Blvd. through the Galleria area before ending at the Northwest Transit Center.

The line would connect with:

  • Various local METRO bus routes
  • METRORail Red, Green and Purple Line
  • Kashmere Late-Night Connector
  • Multiple METRO Park & Ride facilities
  • Multiple METRO transit centers

The METRONext Plan identified a general alignment within the University corridor. With input from community stakeholders, METRO continues exploring more detailed alignment options.

If you have feedback about the METRORapid University Project, you can post it through our Public Comments website.

Just start by clicking or tapping on the “Offer a Suggestion” or “Ask a Question” button.

On the form page:

• Fill out your contact information
• Select “Construction/Planning Projects” from the first menu in the DETAILS section
• Then select “University METRORapid Project”
• Complete the rest of the form and submit