Take METRO During Spring Break
Monday, March 07, 2016 3:16 PM
Next week is spring break for thousands of Houston-area students, and you may be already planning fun activities to do with the family.
Try shedding your car and taking METRO to popular attractions. This year, it will be more convenient to connect to key activity centers with our enhanced New Bus Network and our two new METRORail lines – the Green Line, serving the East End, and the Purple Line, serving parts of Southeast Houston.
Here are some useful tools to make riding METRO easy and convenient during spring break:
1. The Google-powered Trip Planner gives you real-time travel options – by foot, car or public transit.
2. Use Next Bus Arrival Texting and find out when the next bus will arrive in real time. Find the bus stop number at the lower left-hand corner of the bus stop sign. Then send a text with that bus stop number to 697433.
3. Download our METRO Q Mobile Ticketing app. Then buy tickets from your smartphone for the whole family. Activate them just before you board the bus or train.
4. Ride METRO’s rodeo shuttles to the concerts and exhibits at NRG Park. Park your car at a Park & Ride lot, then board a shuttle. Round-trip shuttle rates are $4 per person, or $6.50 from North Shepherd.
5. Park near the Red Line, then hop on the train to visit the Houston Zoo, Hermann Park, the Museum District with its 19 museums, or NRG Park. You can park at HCC Central Garage at 3200 Main, HCC Northline Garage at 8001 Fulton, or at Fannin South Transit Center, only one rail stop away from NRG.
Remember, students pay only half of the $1.25 local bus or rail fare, but they must have a registered, discounted Q Card. Download a registration form for a METRO student fare card here.
Taking the grandkids downtown? Seniors ages 65 to 69 ride at a 50 percent discount. Seniors ages 70 or better, ride free, as do children age 5 and younger. Click here for a senior’s application.