Transportation

More Changes On The Way For Houston’s Bus System

Changes won’t be as dramatic as last summer’s bus network redesign.

A Metro representative assists riders at the Texas Medical Center transit hub.
A Metro representative assists riders at the Texas Medical Center transit hub.

Metro launched its new bus network in mid-August with the goal of providing more frequent service. But after getting feedback from riders and bus drivers, the agency will now make some adjustments.

Metro CEO Tom Lambert says the redesigned network will stay in place, but he adds there’s been some overcrowding on some of those routes. One of those routes is the 82 Westheimer, which has about 32,000 daily boardings.

Lambert says they’re now doing some fine-tuning.

“Whether it’s adding running times, adding earlier trips, adding later trips,” explains Lambert.

In redesigning the network, Metro hopes to boost transit ridership by 20% over the next two years. Lambert says as they work to meet that goal, they plan to make more changes in the future.

“This is a five-year plan, not a one-year plan, and so we’ll continue to learn as we go forward,” says Lambert. “We’ll continue to enhance the network.”

The latest changes to the bus network will go into effect in January.

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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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