METRONext: We Have a Plan
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METRONext: We Have a Plan

October 12, 2019

You spoke. We listened. And now we have a plan for the future. 7 million people call the Houston region home. And over the next 20 years, our population will grow to more than ten million. With our roadways already packed, think of traffic in the future. METRO has developed a plan with the goal of easing congestion and improving travel times throughout the region. The METRONext Moving Forward Plan calls for 500 miles of travel investments and enhancements. Like the creation of 75 miles of new METRORapid transit lines, along five heavily traveled corridors including one to Bush Airport. These vehicles stop at special platforms and zip through intersections, while others wait for the traffic light. We’ll also add 110 miles of two-way HOV Lanes to make travel easier for buses and cars along I-45…U.S. 59…U.S. 290…and I-10. Plus, the METRONext Plan adds 16 miles of new light rail, connecting the Green and Purple Lines to the downtown municipal courthouse and Hobby Airport. And the Red Line gets extended to the North Shepherd Park & Ride. 21 new and improved Park & Rides and Transit Centers are in this plan. Designed to get you where you need to go whether you are inside the 610 Loop or in the suburbs. METRO will continue to contribute to road and other mobility projects spearheaded by Houston Harris County and 14 smaller cities in our service area. The Moving Forward Plan calls for approximately 10 new Community Connector routes that allow you to call in to schedule a ride within a specific zone. The plan enhances 290 miles of select local bus routes with our BOOST initiative, which adds safety lighting and new bus shelters to more stops. And, as always, METRO is adding even more options to increase accessibility for all, including improved shelters and sidewalks. The METRONext Moving Forward Plan looks at new ways to link cyclists and pedestrians to METRO’s services, creating a seamless travel experience. Everything in the METRONext Moving Forward Plan seeks to improve the quality of life, throughout the Greater Houston Region with absolutely NO TAX INCREASES. If approved by voters, it will be paid for with a combination of bonds, grants and METRO’s local funding. METRO’s road to 2040 is paved with more than 40 projects in the Moving Forward Plan. Learn more at


  • Reply Gaben August 14, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Fort Bend County Transit is a joke. Fort bend needs REAL Metro service! Bring METRO to Fort Bend!

  • Reply Chris Online August 15, 2019 at 5:24 am

    I would advocate an improvement on the bus shelters, especially the ones in downtown.

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