500 Miles of Travel Improvements
Our region's population is expected to grow to more than 10 million people by 2040. As our community grows, so will traffic. The METRONext Moving Forward Plan is designed to help ease traffic congestion by taking more cars off the road, and give you more ways to move around our region. The plan creates new service and travel options by expanding several types of transportation and making investments in service and accessibility around our region - with no tax increase.
We're working, building and delivering on our promise to give you more ways to move around our region.
METRONext is Moving Forward with investments in service and accessibility.
METRORapid Inner Katy
The Inner Katy Corridor is the area along I-10 between Northwest Transit Center and Downtown Houston.
Enhancements to the 56 Airline / Montrose route include several new sidewalks, and bus shelters at every stop.
The University corridor runs through multiple communities. It begins at Westchase Park & Ride and ends at Tidwell Transit Center.
The METRONext Moving Forward Plan proposes investments in service and accessibility to improve travel in our growing region, with no tax increase. Numbers below are approximations.
Including $3.5B in bonding authority to fund the plan, plus federal grants and local funds
Bus stops that have had accessibility improvements as part of METRO's Universal Accessibility initiative (started in 2017 and accelerated after passage of METRONext)
of Regional Express Network, including two-way HOV Lanes
new or improved Park & Ride lots and Transit Centers
of light rail with a METRORail extension to Hobby Airport
of new METRORapid bus service that operates like light rail, including an extension to Bush Intercontinental Airport
of BOOST and Signature bus service, plus accessibility and usability improvements for the disabled and seniors
Below are more detailed descriptions for each of the plan's five areas of investment.
You can click through to view more information about any of their current and/or completed projects.
The expansion of the METRORail Light Rail Transit (LRT) system is designed to serve more people and places. The Red Line will extend northwest to a new multimodal center at the North Shepherd Park & Ride with connections to METRORapid, Regional Express Network, and local bus routes. The Green and Purple lines, combined, will extend to Hobby Airport in the southeast, while to the west of Downtown the lines will be extended to the City of Houston Municipal Courthouse.
The METRORapid Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network is designed to provide station-to-station service similar to METRORail, but has the flexibility to accommodate multiple routes. A METRORapid line will provide a direct connection between Downtown and Bush Intercontinental Airport. Another METRORapid line will provide direct, rapid service between Downtown, Uptown, Northwest Transit Center and the proposed High-Speed Rail terminal. Exclusive lanes could be used for autonomous vehicle transit in the future.
BOOST and Signature
Improvements to 17 high-ridership routes and the addition of Signature bus service using a new two-way HOV facility.
Bus stop enhancements include new shelters, accessibility upgrades and enhanced passenger information.
It will use two-way HOV lanes providing direct access to existing and new transit centers, and Park & Ride lots.