Transportation

Houston Bus Riders Will See Expanded Service Starting This Weekend

Metro says it’s responding to customer demand after its redesign of the city’s bus network.

20 Metro Bus in downtown Houston
20 Canal/Memorial is one of the routes that will see changes. Metro is making tweaks after feedback from riders.

Metro debuted its new routes back in August. After getting feedback from riders and bus drivers the agency has now decided to make some adjustments.

Metro says it’s adding more early morning and late night trips. Other routes will see more buses during peak travel times. That includes the popular 82 route along Westheimer.

This time last year, the 82 had less than 7,000 riders a day. Metro’s Jerome Gray says that number is now closer to 13,000 and they’re making changes to meet the demand.

“Instead of seeing a bus come during the peak hours every eight minutes or so, they’re going to be coming every six minutes to help alleviate the crowding we’ve seen on that route,” says Gray. 

Metro is also changing its fare card policy.

“What we’re doing is allowing for free transfer in any direction for three hours,” explains Gray. “So basically it’s like you’re getting a three-hour pass for the price of a single fare.”

Those changes go into effect Sunday January 24.

 

METRO’s Service Changes

7 days a weeks

  • 3 Langley 
  • 9 Gulfton / Holman 
  • 8 West Bellfort
  • 11 Almeda / Lyons
  • 20 Canal / Memorial
  • 25 Richmond
  • 28 OST / Wayside
  • 29 Cullen / Hirsch
  • 32 Renwick / San Felipe
  • 39 Katy Freeway
  • 47 Hillcroft
  • 56 Airline / Montrose
  • 77 Homestead
  • 78 Wayside
  • 80 MLK / Lockwood
  • 83 Lee Road / JFK
  • 84 Buffalo Speedway
  • 85 Antoine / Washington
  • 86 FM 1960 / Imperial Valley
  • 87 Sunnyside
  • 88 Sagemont
  • 89 Dacoma
  • 98 Briargate
  • 99 Ella / FM 1960
  • 152 Harwin Express 
  • 160 Memorial City Express
  • 161 Wilcrest Express 
  • 162 Memorial Express

Weekdays

  • 6 Jensen / Greens 
  • 10 Willowbend 
  • 40 Telephone / Heights
  • 44 Acres  Homes
  • 49 Chimney Rock / S. Post  Oak
  • 52 Hardy–Ley
  • 60 Cambridge
  • 63 Fondren 
  • 65 Bissonnet
  • 76 Evergreen
  • 82 Westheimer
  • 102 Bush IAH Express
  • 108 Veterans Memorial Express
  • 137 Northshore Express
  • 151 Westpark Express 
  • 217 Cypress Park & Ride 
  • 256 Eastex Park & Ride
  • 257 Townsen Park & Ride
  • 360 Peerless Shuttle 
  • 399 Kuykendahl Shuttle 

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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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