With the Houston region's population expected to surpass 10 million by 2040, efficient transit options are essential to our success.

The Office of Innovation is guiding METRO into the future through the adoption of emerging technology and mobility services, from Wi-Fi connectivity on public transit to autonomous shuttles serving busy areas and beyond. We conduct research and development through pilot projects on technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) to evaluate their potential benefits within METRO operations.

Solar panels being installed at the Townsen Park and Ride as part of a pilot initiative.

Current Projects and Partnerships

Learn more about the ongoing innovation projects below. 

A security camera monitoring the platform at Burnett Transit Center

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

We're testing the capabilities of artificial intelligence within METRO operations.

METRO's FutureLink AV Shuttle Ribbon Cutting

Autonomous Technology

We're piloting autonomous vehicle technology to meet first and last mile connections.

METRORail passing through Downtown Transit Center promoting sustainability

Climate Action Plan

We're building a more sustainable and resilient transit system by creating a path forward.

METRO representatives giving a presentation at GIS Day at University of Houston Clear Lake


We're actively engaged as a community partner on key mobility initiatives.

Solar Panels at a parking lot.

Solar Energy Panels

We're piloting solar energy panels as part of our climate action plan for sustainable facilities.

Successful Projects

METRO has deployed several successful technology initiatives that have enhanced the customer experience. We continue to engage with the community to best use technology and innovation to deliver customer focused service.

Customers boarding METRO curb2curb shuttle.

METRO curb2curb

This on-demand service has expanded transit options for various Houston-area communities.

Graphic of a smartphone with ONE to Ride app icon on screen.

Personal Trip Guide

The ONE to Ride app uses pulse vibrations that assist visually impaired customers during their trip.

METRO bus at a transit center with a giant Free Wi-Fi Onboard window sticker


METRO customers can drive less and do more by making use of free Wi-Fi onboard.

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