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Weekend Holiday Happenings July 3-5

Montage of events 

Many of us have a long, three-day weekend since the Fourth of July falls on a Saturday this year. And there are lots of activities around town to help you celebrate the birth of our nation – from a free concert with the Houston Symphony to fireworks and city-wide celebration, Freedom Over Texas.

Be sure to take METRO and avoid the traffic gridlock and parking woes. You can also party hard and lave the driving safely to us. Check out the Google Trip Planner to find the exact bus to take to your destination. Have a fun Fourth and stay safe!

Event: Summer of Epic Adventure. Get our gear on and look like a super hero at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Learn what it takes to be both physically and mentally trained to be super.

When: Friday & Saturday, 10 to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Getting there:

Bus: 1 Hospital, 8 S. Main, 60 S. MacGregor, 65 Bissonnet

METRORail: Red Line, exit Museum District Station.

Event: ExxonMobile Summer Symphony Nights: A Star-Spangled Salute. Get in the patriotic spirit as you enjoy the Houston Symphony with POPS Conductor Designate Steven Reineke present Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” followed by spectacular fireworks.

When: Saturday, 8:30 p.m.

Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr.

Getting there:

Bus: 8 S. Main, 1 Hospital, 65 Bissonnet

METRORail: Red Line, exit Hermann Park/Rice University Station

Event: Freedom Over Texas. Celebrate Independence Day with country, Latin pop, blues, zydeco, soul, funk and Texas blues at this city-wide party. Singer-songwriter Clint Black and songwriter Josh Turner will headline the event that culminates in dazzling fireworks.

When: Saturday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou, along Allen Parkway.

Getting there:

Bus: 18 Kirby (The 18 Downtown is at Dallas & Gillette on the south side of the park; 50 Heights (The 50 Harrisburg is on the north side of the park).

More Frequent Buses to Your Home Base
 

On METRO's New Bus Network, we're hoping there will be less impatient foot-tapping, wondering when the next bus is coming.

We are bringing more frequent buses to your home base. If you are on the frequent, red network, buses are scheduled to arrive every 15 minutes or better - seven days a week. If you are on the blue network, buses are scheduled to run every 16 to 30 minutes, 18 more hours a day.  On the green network, where ridership is light, we are offering broad coverage with local buses coming every 31 to 60 minutes -  at least 14 hours a day, seven days a week.

The New Bus Network has overhauled the local routes and is designed to make trips 10 minutes faster for 58 percent of trips between 30 key destinations. You can do a lot with 10 extra minutes in your life - or 20 minutes extra if you take a round-trip bus ride. Finish reading that novel, Snapchat your buddies, study for that exam, or catch a cat nap.

Look for our more efficient and reliable New Bus Network on Aug. 16. Try it and experience a new METRO.

A Network to More Activity Centers
 

In our current system, many routes require you to first come downtown as a hub, and then transfer out again to the activity center you want to go to.

But on the New Bus Network, we've built in routes that will go directly from your home base to a major activity center. There will be no more need to travel first to downtown, and then outbound again.

METRO's New Bus Network is designed to connect one million people to one million jobs. Every local route will operate seven days a week. About two-thirds of all trips are designed to be faster than the current system.

Check out the New Bus Network on Aug. 16 and give yourself a whole new way to ride.  

Your Home Base
 

METRO's New Bus Network offers you a home base from which you can more quickly and easily get to your final destination.

We've reconfigured our local routes to give you a more reliable and dependable network - a travel choice you can depend on.

Every bus stop will have an informational poster strapped to the bus stop pole. These infoposts are chockfull of useful facts to get you where you need to go. They will include a bus identification number you can text for real-time bus arrivals, a final destination on the sign, connecting information and a mini-map on some of them.

If your home base is on the frequent, red network, buses are scheduled to arrive every 15 minutes or less, seven days a week. More than 20 well-traveled routes are on the red network.

The new home base in the New Bus Network is coming on Aug. 16.

Weekend Happenings with METRO June 26-28

Montage of events

Celebrate summer by listening to top country singer Garth Brooks croon his favorite tunes. Watch the Astros battle it out with the Yankees. Or listen to Debussy under the stars. However you choose to relax this weekend, take METRO and avoid traffic and parking woes. Check out the Google Trip Planner to find the specific bus you need to get to your destination. 

Event: Garth Brooks. The No. One selling solo artist in the United States comes to Houston this weekend to wow fans with his country music magic. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012, Garth is in the middle of a world tour with his wife, the singer/actress/author Trisha Yearwood.

When: Friday, 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Where: The Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St.

Getting there:

Bus: 36 Kempwood/ Lawndale, 80 Dowling/Lyons, 53 Briarforest, 81 Westheimer, 82 Westheimer, 30 Cullen/Clinton, 1 Hospital LBJ/Hospital VA, 85 Antoine, 131 Memorial, 9 Gulfton/N.Main, 66 Yale

METRORail: Red Line, exit Bell Station

Event: Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees. Watch your division-leading Astros take on the Yankees in a battle for AL supremacy.  

When: Friday, 7:10 p.m.; Saturday, 3:10 p.m.; Sunday, 1:10 p.m.

Where: Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford.

Getting there:

Bus: 20 Long Point/Canal, 77 MLK/Liberty, 3 W. Gray/Langley, 6 Jensen, 11 Nance/Almeda, 37 El Sol, 48 Navigation

METRORail: Green or Purple Lines, exit Convention District Capitol

Event: Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision Rally. This free event commemorates the Supreme Court's marriage equality decision. It's sponsored by Lambda Legal, HRC and the Victory Fund.

When: Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Discovery Green

Getting there:

Bus: 1 Hospital, 5 Kashmere/Southmore, 9 N. Main/Gulfton, 11 Almeda/Nance, 30 Cullen/Clinton, 36 Kempwood/Lawndale, 40 Pecore/Telephone, 50 Heights/Harrisburg, 52 Hirsch/Scott, 53 Westheimer, 77 Liberty/MLK, 80 Lyons/Dowling, 81 Westheimer, 85 Antoine, 131 Memorial

METRORail: Green or Purple Lines, exit Convention District

Event: Latin Beats. Put on your dancing shoes and move to some lively Latin music. Enjoy a night of free salsa dancing at the Downtown Aquarium plaza. A pro will give a free salsa dance lesson, followed by a live band. No cover charge, food and drinks available. 

When: Friday, 7 - 11 p.m.

Where: Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby at Memorial. 

Bus: 88 Hobby/Downtown, 36 Kempwood/Lawndale

Event: ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights. Join the Houston Symphony for a summer concert with special artist Changhlu Wu on pipa. Friday's program includes Smetana and Debussy. Click here for Saturday's program and click here for Sunday's program. Free tickets are available the day of the performance from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the box office. If tickets remain, the box office will reopen an hour before show time to give away remaining tickets. There's always open seating on the hill. 

When: Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 p.m.

Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 

Getting there:

Bus: 8 S. Main, 1 Hospital, 65 Bissonnet

METRORail: Red Line, exit Hermann Park/Rice University Station

Event: An Evening with Kathy Griffin. Two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian made history when she won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album ("Kathy Griffin: Calm Down Gurrl"), joining Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin as the only female comedians to win this award. Kick back and relax with Griffin's pull-no-punches humor. 

When: Sunday, 8:30 p.m.

Where: Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Ave. 

Getting there:

Bus: 56 Airline, 85 Antoine, 50 Heights/Harrisburg, 163 Fondren, 6 Jensen, 137 Northshore Express

METRORail: Red Line, exit Central Station; Green or Purple Lines, exit Theatre District Station

 

METRO to Extend HOV/HOT Hours
   

Guys jumping up to catch a baseball in the stands 

If you live in the suburbs and want to come to town to catch a baseball or soccer game, or take the family to the zoo, or enjoy fine dining, now you can do so quickly and easily on our HOV/HOT lanes.

Starting July 1, METRO is launching a pilot program that extends the hours of our HOV/HOT lanes. On weekends, you can drive inbound on the HOV/HOT lanes form 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On weeknights, if you need to work late at the office or want to stay in town for an event, you'll now have a fast way to get home. All HOV/HOT lanes will be open for three more hours from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

"We're doing this pilot to see if there's any interest - if people want to use the lanes on weekends or extended hours. It gives them increased mobility and an extra option," said Larry Wood, director of Budget Operations.

If you're a single occupant driver, it will only cost $1 to drive on the lanes on weekends or during the extended hours. Vehicles with two or more occupants can zip by on the lanes for free.

The pilot ends Sept. 30. It will then be evaluated to determine if it should continue.

 

Better Connections Between Rail and Bus

 

Barrett Ochoa at bus stop 

METRO's New Bus Network has been created to give you seamless connections between bus and rail.

We opened two new light-rail lines on May 23 - the Green Line (East End) and the Purple Line (Southeast). Trains run every six minutes on weekdays, and we have redesigned our local bus network to make sure you can connect to METRORail seamlessly.

Barrett Ochoa, a Texas A & M student studying urban planning and METRO summer intern, says with the addition of the Green and Purple Lines, it's never been easier to connect to services in the East End and in Southeast Houston. "Many routes in the New Bus Network not only serve the new rail stations but also continue across the rail lines and serve more destinations," said Ochoa. "For example, Route 28 OST-Wayside offers connections between the Red and Purple Lines and will offer connections to the Green Line upon its completion to the Magnolia Park Transit Center."

Try our New Bus Network when it starts on Aug. 16, and notice the seamless, smooth connections as we bring you to your final destination.

"Creating connections between our bus and rail networks is just one way that the New Bus Network is changing to benefit the Houston of today and tomorrow," added Ochoa.

Fewer branches, straighter routes
 

If you are one of our regular riders, you may be on a route that takes you all the way downtown first, and then out again to your final destination. METRO's New Bus Network is coming and, with it, more direct routes that get you to places faster.

Houston has a large number of major activity centers beside downtown. METRO customers would like to be able to travel to them without hassle. With today's network, it's hard to get to some of them.  For example, to get to Memorial City from Washington Avenue, you must make multiple connections. On the New Bus Network, simply board Route 85 Antoine/Washington, travel to the Northwest TC, connect with Route 160 Memorial City, scheduled to run at least every 15 minutes, every day.

Try our New Bus Network on Aug. 16, and tell us how you like the new grid that gets you to more places faster, seven days a week.

 

Improved Connectivity
 

If you haven't had a chance to try out our Dual Trip Planner, give it a shot. Enter your current route, and then view a side-by-side comparison to your New Bus Network route. You'll find improved connectivity.

The New Bus Network is designed to offer straighter, simpler routes with fewer branches and better connections. We've designed a network that reflects where people live, work and play so we can connect more people to more places with faster trips.

This strong grid of well-spaced frequent routes allows easier connections to and from more places. On the red, frequent network, there will more than 20 routes with buses scheduled to arrive every 15 minutes or better, integrating with our three light-rail lines.  Some of those routes include Houston's most popular thoroughfares, such as Westheimer, Richmond, Bellaire, Scott, Shepherd, Washington Avenue, Gessner, Long Point, Broadway and Antoine.

We expect these improvements will drive ridership up by 20 percent in two years.

Look for improved connectivity, coming on Aug. 16 on the New Bus Network.

Better Connections
 

METRO's New Bus Network offers you better connections.

We've redesigned our local bus network to give you routes that work together, improving connections to more destinations in our region. This five-year plan will connect one million people to one million jobs with the frequent "red" network that's designed to bring buses to bus stops every 15 minutes or less - seven days a week.

This strong grid of well-spaced frequent routes allows easier connections to and from more places, improving reliability. If you already use our system, you'll be pleased to know that the New Bus Network maintains access to the system for all existing riders.

Instead of major routes coming into downtown where you need to connect and go out again, the New Bus Network is designed to connect you to the route of your final destination without coming into downtown first.

Better connections on the New Bus Network...coming Aug. 16.

Weekend Happenings with METRO June 19-21
 

Montage of events

 

This is Father's Day weekend and despite the rainy, soggy week we've had, you and your family can escape indoors and celebrate dad while enjoying first-class entertainment.

From a musical monologue re-creating the life of great American composer George Gershwin to a comedy highlighting the foibles of first dates to the art collection of one of Europe's longest-reigning dynasties, there's something for everyone.

Be sure to take METRO on your weekend adventures. For only $1.25 one way, you can sit back and relax, avoid parking fees and text (unless you're on a date) while someone else drives. Use the Google Trip Planner to find the easiest way to get to your destination from your starting point.

Here are some highlights to consider this weekend:

Event: "George Gershwin Alone." Actor/musician/writer Hershey Felder brings the iconic composer Gershwin alive in a 90-minute monologue that includes performing all-time favorites, such as "I Got Rhythm," "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and selections from "Porgy and Bess." The show takes place around a grand piano, as Felder masterfully performs and adds an intimate note as the audience sings along at the end.

When: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Where: Alley Theatre @ UH, 4416 Elgin

Getting there:

Bus: 30 Clinton/Cullen, 77 Liberty/Martin Luther King, 80 Lyons/Dowling

METRORail: Purple Line, exit UH South University Oaks

Event: "Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna's Imperial Collections." From armor to court costumes to decorative-art objects and masterpieces by Rubens and Titian, this exhibit offers a glimpse of rare objects from the collection of the Habsburg Dynasty, emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. More than 90 works of art are on display, most of which have never traveled outside Austria.

When: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 12:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet (Law Building, second floor)

Getting there:

Bus: 1 Hospital, 8 S. Main, 34 Montrose (Friday only), 65 Bissonnet

METRORail: Red Line, exit Museum District Station

Event: "First Date." This delightful musical highlights the dread and hope that accompany a blind date when newbie Aaron is set up with serial dater Casey for a casual drink at a New York restaurant. Other diners become supportive, manipulative and protective - while the couple takes a chance on finding love.

When: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.

Where: The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St.

Getting there:

Bus: 3 W. Gray/Langley, 20 Long Point/Canal, 40 Pecore/Telephone, 50 Harrisburg/Heights 53 Westheimer, 56 Airline, 78 Irvington, 81 Westheimer, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine, 88 Hobby Airport, 102 Bush, 131 Memorial, 163 Fondren

METRORail: Green Line or Purple Line, exit Theatre District.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

Better System Means Better Schedules
 

METRO's New Bus Network is creating better schedules to get you to your destination more efficiently.

We want your bus trip to be easy, safe and reliable. That's a challenge for a service that stretches over a 1,300-square mile service area. Add to that multiple at-grade rail crossings and construction - from streets to buildings to sidewalks.

So our planners have pooled millions of pieces of data from historical trips to fine-tune running time between time points and improve the ability of buses to arrive at their destinations on time and to allow you to more easily make your connection between buses.

"Called ‘pulsing,' this scheduling approach helps customers make their connections more reliably. And more reliable service is easier to use and will encourage both current and future riders to ride more often," said Jim Archer, director of Service Planning, Scheduling and Evaluation.

The New Bus Network with its better schedules and better connections is coming Aug. 16. If you haven't tried METRO, try it later this summer and experience a travel option that is convenient, safe and reliable with buses scheduled every 15 minutes on frequent routes.

Better System Means Better Signage


METRO’s New Bus Network means you’ll be seeing better signage at the hundreds of bus stops stretching across the region. 

Right now, you probably have noticed plastic bags covering the signs. On the outside of the bag, you’ll see the current route information. Once the New Bus Network starts, those bags will be ripped off - and you’ll see a very similar looking sign with a new label on it, giving the bus route, name and number. 

On some stops, you may have noticed sturdy, plastic informational posts strapped to the bus stop pole. We are in the process of attaching these signs - called infoposts - to every bus stop pole. 


These signs contain a wealth of information about the New Bus Network - and we hope this improvement in bus stop signage will make your ride easier. For example, you’ll find the final destination of every route on the infopost. You’ll also see information on connections and on some signs, mini-maps showing the route. 

One new feature debuting on Aug. 16 is the ability to text the bus stop identification number to a short code. You’ll receive a text with the real-time bus arrival of the next two buses. There’s no need to download an app. 

A better system with better signage, coming on Aug. 16. 

Better System Means More Buses

METRO busMETRO’s New Bus Network is creating a better system that will bring buses more frequently.

On the frequent, red network, buses are scheduled to arrive every 15 minutes or less, seven days a week, at least 15 hours a day. During peak hours, some of those buses will arrive every 10 minutes. This frequent network will connect one million people to one million jobs, which doubles the current number of people with such access.

Of the more than 20 routes in the red network are such popular thoroughfares and corridors, such as Westheimer, Richmond, Bellaire, Scott, Shepherd, Washington Avenue, Gessner, Long Point, Antoine and Broadway.

On the New Bus Network’s blue network, buses will arrive every 16 to 30 minutes. Check out our New Bus Network interactive map to see what your route will look like.

This five-year plan is designed to serve Houston’s major job centers and activity centers. Look for the New Bus Network, coming on Aug. 16.

Severe Weather May Affect Service
 

 Flooded street

Due to the threat of flooding, METRO may alter or suspend routes and transportation service over the next 24 hours.

The Harris County Office of Emergency Management is assessing weather conditions now. The changes could affect all our services, including local buses, Park & Ride buses, HOV/HOT lanes, METRORail and METROLift.

You'll find the latest updates on Facebook and Twitter. You can also get updates by calling Customer Service at 713-739-4000 and reading this blog. You can also download our T.R.I.P. app.

Read valuable tips on how to be prepared for an emergency on the My METRO Emergency Alerts Sign up for automatic email alerts here.

Stay safe.  

A Better System
 

METRO's New Bus Network is bringing you a better regional transit system.

We've simplified our schedules, signage and other information for a fresh, new look.  On our red network - the frequent network - buses will arrive every 15 minutes or less, seven days a week. That means it will be easier for you to navigate our system.  

Our New Bus Network interactive service map will give you details of your route, HOV/HOT, Transit Center or Park & Ride lot. Mouse over and customize the map to display only the info you want.

Our New Bus Network will also feature signs at our bus stops that will show a bus stop identification number. Simply text that number to a short code (697433), and you'll receive a text with the next two bus arrivals in real-time. 

Try the New Bus Network on Aug. 16. You'll find a better system.

Weekend Happenings with METRO June 12-14
 

Montage of events 

This weekend, the city has lots to offer - from an awarding-winning play to kayaking on the lake at Discovery Green. If it rains, check out an exhibit at Moody Gallery, a long-awaited show of drawings and sculptures of Luis Jimenez.

Be sure to take METRO to these fun spots to relax. You won't have to deal with parking fees, and you can text all the way there and back. Find your exact bus or train to your destination by using Google Transit.  Here are some ways to relax and unwind.

Event: "Hairspray." The winner of eight Tony Awards, this family-friendly musical features one girl's inspiring dream to dance. It's 1962 in Baltimore and teen-aged Tracy must deal with going from social outcast to stardom, all without messing up that big ‘do. Free tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. If tickets remain after 1 p.m., the box office opens one hour before the show to give away remaining free tickets.

When: Friday, 8:15 p.m.; Sunday, 8:15 p.m.

Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre, 600 Hermann Park Dr.

Getting there:

Bus: 8 S. Main, 1 Hospital, 65 Bissonnet

METRORail: Red Line, exit Hermann Park/Rice University Station

Event: Kayaking. Kayak rides on Kinder Lake at Discovery Green are a great way to enjoy the water in a safe environment, right in the middle of the city. Leisurely paddle and watch the fish swimming below the surface. Kayak rides and rentals provided by Bayou City Adventures. No reservations required, just show up and have fun. Rides are subject to weather conditions, see weather updates here.

When: Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney

Getting there:

Bus: 1 Hospital, 5 Kashmere/Southmore, 9 N. Main/Gulfton, 11 Almeda/Nance, 30 Cullen/Clinton, 36 Kempwood/Lawndale, 40 Pecore/Telephone, 50 Heights/Harrisburg, 52 Hirsch/Scott, 53 Westheimer, 77 Liberty/MLK, 80 Lyons/Dowling, 81 Westheimer, 85 Antoine, 131 Memorial

METRORail: Green Line or Purple Line, exit Convention District

Event: "Luis Jimenez: Prints, Drawings & Sculptures." This is the first solo show of Jimenez' work since he died in 2006 in a studio accident while creating his 32-foot sculpture "Blue Mustang." The show has special meaning for gallery owner Betty Moody. Her artist husband Bill Steffy, who died last month, was great friends with Jimenez.  The long-awaited exhibit shows works from collectors, not institutions. Free.

When: Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Moody Gallery, 2815 Colquitt St.

Getting there:

Bus: 18 Kirby, 25 Richmond/Wheeler, 73 Bellfort/Galleria, 78 Alabama/Irvington (Friday only)

Better-Looking Signs
 

82 Westheimer info postThe New Bus Network is giving better information by giving you more detailed information at our bus stops.

When the bags are removed just before Aug. 16, you'll recognize the bus stop signs. If the route number or name has changed, a new label placed on the existing sign will give the new information.

But the in-depth information you'll see is printed on a thick, plastic informational poster - an infopost - strapped to the bus stop pole. This infopost gives you information that will help make your trip easier.

For example, in the illustration here, the 82 Westheimer infopost tells you the final destination: To West Oaks Mall. It tells you how frequently the bus arrives at that stop - every eight minutes during peak hours and every 10 minutes during off-peak hours.

It shows a mini-map of the route with the various stops with connecting routes. And it tells you how to find the next-bus arrival information in real time - simply by texting the bus stop identification number to a short code.

In this case, you'd text "623" to the short code of 697433. You'll receive a text giving you real-time bus arrival. Don't try it yet - it starts working on Aug. 16 when the New Bus Network starts.

We are in the process of updating all our hundreds of bus stops with these infoposts, so you may be seeing some out already. The New Bus Network is a five-year plan to make our local bus system simpler, faster and easier to use. Later this year, we'll start changing the bus stop signs to reflect all the information on the infopost, but it will be a project that will take months to complete.

 

Better Information

METRO's New Bus Network gives you better information. 

On all our bus stop signs, you'll see not only see the name of the route and the number - you will see the final destination. 

Every one of our hundreds of bus stop signs across the region will have "To____" and list the final destination of that particular route. 

We are also giving you better information using technology. Every bus stop will have a bus stop identification number. If you have a smart phone, simply enter that bus stop ID number as a text to a short code. There's no app to download. You'll get back a text, giving you the next two bus arrivals at that bus stop - in real time. 

You'll find sturdy, plastic informational posters strapped to the bus stop pole - info posts - and some of those will give you a close-up of the route and will show you any connections. 

Our new bus network has a cool interactive service map that will let you see only Park & Rides on the system map, or only Transit Centers. Or your route to work and the location of every bus stop. It's up to you. Just mouse over your route and see as much or as little as you'd like. 

METRO's New Bus Network gives you better information to help make riding METRO a better experience for you - with faster and more frequent trips. Look for it on Aug. 16. 

Fresh New Look with Interactive Map
 

METRO's New Bus Network is bringing you a fresh new look, and one of the ways is through our new interactive service map.

Take a look and play with the map - it's fun. Click on "Bus Routes" at the top. You have the option to view all routes or only your specific route. Let's say you pick the 2 Bellaire. Check the box next to the route and click "view on map." You'll see a red line - a straight route from beginning to end. Mouse over the red line and more info will pop up: Start point of Mission Bend Transit Center, end point of TMC Transit Center and frequency of 10 minutes during peak hours and 15 minutes during non-peak hours.

Want more info? Click the route, and you'll see all the hours of operation.

Return to the map and click "Bus or Rail Stops" at the top. Then select a route. If you select the 2 Bellaire, every bus stop will appear. As you move the mouse along the route, the name of the intersecting street appears, along with the bus stop ID number. For example, Bellaire Blvd. at 1st St. Stop number: 5988.

That bus stop ID number is important because if you text that number to a short code, you'll get a text back of when the next two buses will arrive in real time.

Check out our fresh new interactive service map, and see what your route will look like on the New Bus Network, coming on Aug. 16.  

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