METRORapid

METRORapid combines elements of light rail and bus to deliver faster connections and a convenient ride. Vehicles arrive every 15 minutes or less.

This environmentally friendly bus rapid transit service operates in a dedicated transit-only lane to move through traffic. It features wider doorways that open at accessible, station-like platforms with level boarding.

Accessible vehicles Accessible Vehicles
wifi   Free Wi-Fi

Passengers board a METRORapid Silver Line vehicle on a level platform

Fares

Regular Fare

$1.25

For all METRORapid customers who aren’t eligible for a discounted fare.

Discounted Fare

$0.60

* For students, seniors 65-69, or people with disabilities who aren't METROLift customers.

*Requires preapproved discounted fare card

Ways to Pay

There are multiple options for paying the regular or discounted fare when you board METRORapid, as shown below.


METRO Q Fare Card
METRO Q® Fare Card Learn more
METRO Q Mobile Ticket
METRO Q Mobile Ticket Learn more
METRO Day Pass
METRO Day Pass Learn more
METRO Money
METRO Money Learn more
METRORapid vending machine ticket
METRORapid Ticket Learn more

METRORapid Lines

Accessible Vehicles
Free Wi-Fi

Silver Line

Mon-Fri: Runs every 12 min. *

Sat-Sun: Runs every 12 min. *

* For most operating hours. Exact times may vary.

Additional Services Near the Station

METRORail connection
Bus route connection(s)
METRO Public Parking
BCycle
Rider Rewards partner(s) offering you discounts

Click or tap on any station name for more details.

Bus route connection(s)
39, 47, 49, 58, 66, 70, 72, 84, 85, 89, 160, 161, 162, 216, 217, 298
METRO Public Parking
Bus route connection(s)
32
Rider Rewards partner(s) offering you discounts
Rider Rewards partner(s) offering you discounts
Bus route connection(s)
82
Rider Rewards partner(s) offering you discounts
Rider Rewards partner(s) offering you discounts
Bus route connection(s)
25
Bus route connection(s)
20, 292, 309, 310
METRO Public Parking

Common Questions


Fares

The regular fare to board is $1.25

The discounted fare is 60 cents.

The following passengers ride free:

  • Children five or younger, accompanied by an adult
  • Seniors 70 and older who have a discounted METRO Q® Fare Card
  • Disabled or decorated veterans who have a METRO Veterans Pass
  • METROLift customers with a METROLift Freedom Q® Card, and up to one assistant

You can pay your METRORapid fare using any of the following:

  • METRO Q® Fare Card
  • METRO Q Mobile Ticket
  • METRO Day Pass
  • METRO Money card
  • METRORapid Ticket

The All About Fares page of the website has information on where you can obtain various fare cards.

If you pay your fare using a METRO Q® Fare Card, METRO Q Mobile Ticket, METRO Day Pass or METRO Money card, you’re entitled to free transfers between any of these METRO services for up to three hours in any direction:

  • Local bus
  • METRORail
  • METRORapid
  • METRO curb2curb

For transfers to Park & Ride bus service, you only pay the fare difference for up to three hours in any direction.

If you wish to pay with a mobile ticket and plan to ride or transfer to a Park & Ride bus during your trip, you'll need to purchase and activate a Park & Ride mobile ticket. It's valid for three hours once activated and entitles you to free transfers between any METRO service of equal or lesser value during that time.

Only regular fare mobile tickets are available for purchase.

Trip Planning

Currently, the only active METRORapid route is the Silver Line. Frequency of service and a route map for the Silver Line is found on the METRORapid page.

At the top of the page, you’ll find:

  • Frequency of service on weekdays and weekends
  • Stop-by-stop schedule
  • Link to view PDF schedule which you can then download and/or print

A route map is found on the METRORapid page.

You can also use our Interactive System Map (best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer). In the bus route section of the map, you can check a box next to the 433 Silver Line and the map will draw a line showing the entire route and where it runs.

If you’d prefer a physical map, we include a map image in the printed brochure for the METRORapid SIlver Line. Brochures are available for free at all METRO RideStore locations:

  • Downtown Transit Center - 1900 Main St.
  • Main Street Square - 1001 Travis St.
  • Northwest Transit Center - 7373 Old Katy Road
  • Fannin South Transit Center - 1604 West Bellfort St.

Trip planning tools are available on:

  • Various pages of the METRO website, including the home page
  • RideMETRO app for your smartphone (“Plan Your Trip” section)
  • METRO TRIP app for your smartphone
  • Google or Apple maps

Waiting

METRORapid Silver Line vehicles make stops at station platforms along Post Oak Blvd. in Uptown. You can also board at the following transit centers:

  • Northwest
  • Westpark / Lower Uptown

METRORapid is a silver and black colored vehicle that looks like a bus but runs like rail.

The name METRORapid is clearly visible on the front and sides of the bus.

And all METRORapid vehicles have large, bright destination signs on the front above the windshield and along both sides of the vehicle, near the front. These digital displays include the route number and destination.

Alerts or detours could affect your vehicle’s arrival time and/or the length of your trip. Subscribing to receive this information is a convenient way to know before you go.

On the METRO website, you can subscribe to receive notifications direct to your phone or email.

The quickest and easiest signup option can be found next to the Silver Line information on the METRORapid page.

All subscriptions are free and you can unsubscribe at any time.

If you don’t wish to subscribe, you can use any of the following:

  • METRORapid page (if there are any active alerts, a link to view them will be visible where the Silver Line is shown)
  • RideMETRO app (click or tap Service Alerts on main menu)
  • METRO TRIP app (a red triangular icon will appear on the screen if the Silver Line is experiencing a service alert)

You can also use our Trip Planner which is available on:

  • Various pages of the METRO website, including the home page
  • RideMETRO app for your smartphone (“Plan Your Trip” section)
  • METRO TRIP app for your smartphone
  • Google or Apple maps

All METRORapid platforms have scrolling digital messages in both English and Spanish that display the estimated wait time for the next vehicle.

Estimated wait times are also posted at the transit centers where METRORapid is available.

Transit centers are sheltered waiting areas where you can transfer to other METRO routes and services that provide access to even more destinations. 

Each location features digital signs and screens displaying service alerts and estimated wait times for routes that stop there.

This information is also available on:

  • METRO website home page (“Track Bus or Train” tab)
  • RideMETRO app for your smartphone (“Track Your Bus” section)
  • METRO TRIP app for your smartphone
  • Google maps

Riding

First, please let riders exit the vehicle before you board. After all riders have disembarked through the side doors, please enter and choose an open seat. Please avoid sitting in the priority seating areas for the elderly and people with disabilities, marked by the International Symbol of Access (Wheelchair Symbol).

All METRORapid platforms are accessible under the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They offer sloped ramp access from both ends of the platform and level boarding that easily accommodates mobility devices.

Any METRO fare card:

Prior to boarding, tap your card on the validator located on the platform and the fare amount will be deducted.

If you prefer to go contactless, you can wave your card close to the validator as well.

Make sure the light registers green in the upper right when you tap or wave.


METRO Q Mobile Ticket (only regular fare available):

Activate the ticket on your smartphone before boarding. It will display animated colors and motion on your phone. Upon request, show it to a METRO Fare Inspector or METRO Police Officer – either on the platform prior to boarding or on the vehicle during your ride.


METRORapid Ticket:

All METRORapid platforms have ticket vending machines where you can purchase a three-hour METRORapid ticket for $1.25.

The machines accept cash, credit card or debit card.

Upon request, show it to a METRO Fare Inspector or METRO Police Officer – either on the platform prior to boarding or on the vehicle during your ride.

Yes, based on the guidance below:

Service animals

You’re allowed to travel with a service animal.

Service animal means any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, and must be kept under the handler’s control.


Non-service animals (including emotional support animals)

You’re allowed to travel with non-service animals (pets) on METRO vehicles, but they must be transported and properly restrained in an animal carrier at all times.

Rider Tools

Below are some tools to make your METRO riding experience easier and more convenient.

Plan Your Trip

Travel Preference

Interactive System Map

A tool to find METRO transit services near you

Questions and Answers

Valuable information to help you ride

Savings Calculator

Compare your cost of driving vs. what it would cost to ride METRO - and see how much money you'd save each month.

link to the Apple app store to download the RideMETRO app

RideMETRO App

An all-in-one toolkit with everything you need to ride METRO bus and rail services, including contactless fare payments.

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