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 more.

METRO autonomous vehicle driving along the Tiger Walk on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston.

Current Projects

Learn more about the ongoing innovation projects below. 

METRO autonomous shuttle on campus of Texas Southern University.

Autonomous Technology

We are piloting autonomous vehicle technology to meet first- and last-mile connections.

Person installing several solar panels

Climate Action Plan

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

Successful Projects

The Office of Innovation is proud to have worked collaboratively with various METRO departments and community partners on a number of successful technology initiatives that have enhanced customer experience.

Graphic design of a smartphone with METRO TRIP app icon on screen.

Personal Trip Guide

The METRO TRIP app uses pulse vibrations that assist visually impaired customers during their trip.

Customers boarding METRO curb2curb shuttle.

METRO curb2curb

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

METRORapid Silver Line vehicles at Northwest Transit Center


We helped develop key elements of this unique service that looks like a bus but runs like rail.

Red Lane pavement markings indicating bus-only lanes.

Red Lanes

METRO updated its downtown diamond lanes to reduce congestion and increase safety.

METRO employee cleans inside of a METRORail train during COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Response

An innovation roadmap helped guide METRO's response to COVID-19.

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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