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Metro Debuts New Smaller Bus

Some Houston transit riders will notice a different kind of bus on their route.

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A big red bow sits atop a new 27-foot bus at Metro’s Southeast Transit Center.  Those buses are now carrying passengers on 13 Metro routes.

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Metro’s Raquel Roberts says the smaller buses are part of a plan to custom-tailor transit options for particular neighborhoods.

“The analogy I would use is, a minivan is great for a family of six, but a single person probably wouldn’t want to drive one. So this is a way we can provide service to neighborhoods that have a smaller demand for ridership.”

The new 12-seat buses have the same features as the larger buses, and that includes a bike rack.  There’s also easy access for riders with disabilities. 

Michael Andrade is Metro’s Director of Paratransit Services.

“We also have two wheelchair-accessible spots here on the bus.  This is also a kneeling bus, just like the big bus.”

Metro has purchased 40 of the new smaller buses at a cost of $160,000 each. 

Riders will see the new buses on routes such as #6 Jensen, #9 North Main /Gulfton, and #18 Kirby, where ridership demand isn’t as heavy as other routes.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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