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Be a Part of Something Great
 

METRO's New Bus Network has been operating for two weeks now, and if you haven't had a chance to ride our new network of buses, give us a try.

You'll find simpler, straighter routes that follow a more grid-like pattern than our old network. On 22 routes, we have buses scheduled to arrive every 15 minutes or less - seven days a week. Weekend service has improved dramatically.

We understand that change can be hard, and, for many long-time customers, learning new route names and numbers takes some adjustment. Take a listen to the short clip below and find out what our bus drivers and some riders are saying about the New Bus Network.  #NewBusNetwork

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153549719779909

 

Weekend Happenings with METRO Aug. 28-30
Montage of events 

If you're looking for something fun to do with the family - and you're on a budget - this weekend has some great choices. This Sunday come downtown to the 22nd Annual Transcanada Theater District Open House where you can see live performances and buy one-day-only specials. Or experience the majestic music of Handel's "Royal Fireworks" while relaxing under the stars.

Wherever you go, be sure to take METRO. You'll save money on gas and parking - and you can text without worries. Check the Google Trip Planner to find your specific bus to your destination. On our frequent network of 22 routes, you'll find a bus coming every 15 minutes  or less on weekends. 

Event: "Storm Front: Experience the Elements." See 33 dancers on stage, interacting with wind, rain, snow and light. NobleMotion Dance has been critically acclaimed for its extraordinary athleticism and is recognized as one of Houston's "A-list" dance companies.

When: Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St.

Getting there:

Bus: 6 Jensen Greens, 11 Almeda Lyons, 20 Canal, 30 Clinton Ella, 32 Renwick, 40 Telephone Heights, 41 Kirby Polk, 44 Acres Homes, 48 Market, 51 Hardy Kelley, 52 Hardy Ley, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine Greens, 102 Bush, 137 Northshore Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express

METRORail: Red Line, exit Central Station Main; Green or Purple Lines, exit Central Station Capitol

Event: Handel's "Music for the Royal Fireworks."  Enjoy the fire and majesty of one of the world's greatest composers, followed by a live fireworks display celebrating Mercury's 15th anniversary season. Free tickets available on the day of the show, and open seating always on the hill. 

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 

Getting there:

Bus: 5 Southmore, 11 Almeda Lyons, 56 Airline Montrose, 65 Bissonnet

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

Event: 22nd Annual Transcanda Theater District Open House.  Here's your chance to get one-day-only special tickets at deep discounts for the arts season ahead. Meet performers and experience live performances from the Alley Theatre, Da Camera of Houston, Broadway at the Hobby Center, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Theatre Under the Stars, Society for the Performing Arts and Uniquely Houston. Free. 

When: Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

Where: 615 Louisiana St. 

Getting there:

Bus: 6 Jensen Greens, 11 Almeda Lyons, 20 Canal Memorial, 30 Clinton Ella, 32 Renwick, 40 Telephone Heights, 41 Kirby Polk, 44 Acres Homes, 48 Market, 51 Hardy Kelley, 52 Hardy Ley, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine Greens, 102 Bush, 137 Northshore Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express

METRORail: Red Line, exit Central Station Main; Green or Purple Lines, exit Central Station Capitol

#NewBusNetwork

 

 

First Week Brings More Riders
 

 

Ridership stats on NBN launch weekMETRO's first week of the New Bus Network brought in 24 percent more riders than the average August ridership.

Boardings on both bus and light-rail trains totaled 1.7 million, thanks to two factors: an improved, high-frequency system which integrates bus and rail in a seamless network and free rides which were offered all week from Aug. 16 to 22.

"This is good news as we work to create a system that promotes public transit and connects more people to more places," said METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia. "Our region continues to grow, and we need to maximize usage of our transit system, including local bus and rail."

A report released yesterday by the Texas A&M University Transportation Institute said that Houston drivers collectively sat in traffic for more than 200 million hours for the first time last year. Every worker in the Houston area commuting at peak hours wastes an average of 61 hours every year because traffic doesn't move.

Good public transit will help some of that congestion, and METRO is hoping that the New Bus Network will attract more customers and take more vehicles off the road.

The biggest increase in METRO's ridership last week came over the weekend, with boardings on local buses totaling 270,000 on Aug. 16 and Aug. 22. That compares to 191,500 average weekend boardings in August 2014.

"We anticipate consistent increases in ridership after two years of implementation. By then, we expect a 20 percent hike in ridership," said President & CEO Tom Lambert.

What the Infoposts Tell You
 

82 Westheimer infopost

Strapped to every bus stop sign is a rectangular, sturdy plastic sign. It's what we call an infopost. On it you'll see a linear map of the route, the final destination where that route ends and a unique bus stop identification number.

Read the sign, and you'll find lots of useful information about that particular bus stop. The linear map shows buses that will stop at that bus stop for you to transfer to another route.

See that bus stop ID number? Use that number to get real-time estimates of when the next two buses will roll up. Just text that bus stop ID number to a short code (697 433) and you'll receive a text back with bus arrivals in real time. There's no app to download.

The infoposts are part of the New Bus Network - getting you to where you want to go with more service, better service, your service. #NewBusNetwork

"Great Day Houston" with the Bus Lady
 

Host Deborah Duncan interview Janis Scott, the bus lady, with METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia 

A lifelong Houstonian, she never fills a tank of gas, never pays for parking and can relax and text while a driver takes her around.

She is Janis Scott, known as the "Bus Lady," and she has volunteered as a METRO Ambassador. She created flyers for her community to explain the New Bus Network and is spreading the word on how easy it is to ride the bus.

Yesterday, Scott was joined on "Great Day Houston" by METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia, who called her a "legend," acknowledging that her suggestions helped shape the New Bus Network.

Garcia, nicknamed "METRO Man," said the New Bus Network is faster and more convenient with buses on the frequent network scheduled to arrive every 15 minutes or less.

Click here to watch the interview with KHOU's Deborah Duncan. #NewBusNetwork

 

Back-to-School Savings
College students walking across campus 

Today is the first day of school for thousands of students, and there's no better time to get a student METRO Q® Fare Card than at the beginning of the school year.

Students with proper verification can obtain a fare card that allows them to ride for half price - only 60 cents per trip. Do the math, and you'll see how quickly the savings add up. For college students, riding public transit is a good way to stay within their budget.

A person can save an average of $9,472 per year when using public transit to commute instead of driving, according to the American Public Transportation Association's August Transit Savings Report. That's a monthly savings of $789.

These savings are based the national cost of a parking space in a downtown business district ($166.26 per month) and the national average cost of gasoline ($2.66/gallon), as reported by the AAA.

To make it easier to get your Q Card, we've extended our RideStore hours. The RideStore is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It's also open on two Saturdays: Aug. 29 and Sept. 5, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can also download a student registration form here and mail it in.

We have revamped our local bus routes into the New Bus Network with straighter, simpler routes. Try us out - ride for half price, students - and save money as you head back to school. #NewBusNetwork.

Weekend Happenings with METRO Aug. 21-23
Montage of events 

This is the last weekend before school starts for many students, and there's still time to pack in some fun activities with the family.

From a special appearance of the award-winning "Peg + Cat" animated TV show to a Bollywood production, there's something for everyone. Be sure to take METRO to wherever you're headed and save money on gas and parking. Check out the Google Trip Planner to find the specific bus to your destination. Remember: Free rides on all local buses and trains through Saturday. #NewBusNetwork

Event: Bollywood Fusion Concert. The only show of its kind in Texas, this glamourous Bollywood show features talented singers all on one stage. It's hosted by Rehan Siddiqi.

When: Saturday, 9 p.m.

Where: NRG Stadium, Reliant Park

Getting there:

METRORail: Red Line, exit Reliant Park Station.

Event: Rumours - The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show. This tribute show will bring you back to 1977 when "Rumours" was released, the eleventh studio album by the British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. Go down memory lane as you hear the hits "Go Your Own Way," "Dreams," "Don't Stop," and "You Make Loving Fun."

When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: House of Blues, 1204 Caroline St. at Green Street

Getting there:

Bus: 6 Jensen Greens, 11 Almeda Lyons, 32 Renwick San Felipe, 40 Telephone Heights, 41 Kirby Polk, 51 Hardy-Kelly, 52 Hardy-Ley, 137 Northshore Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express

METRORail: Red Line, exit Main Street Square Station; Green or Purple Lines, exit Central Station

Event:  "Peg + Cat" Appearance. The star characters of the award-winning PBS Kids animated series make an appearance as they help kids develop skills and strategies to solve problems creatively. Bring your camera.

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium.

Where: Children's Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St.

Getting there:

Bus: 5 Southmore, 11 Almeda Lyons

METRORail: Red Line, exit Museum District Station

METRO Offers Parking on Game Day
 

 

FootballIf you're planning to attend the Texans vs. Broncos game tomorrow night, METRO offers a special parking rate.

Park at the Fannin South Transit Center for just $15.  In addition to safe and secure parking, you'll be able to hop on the train free. You and all occupants in your car receive free round-trip METRORail rides that take you right to NRG Stadium.

You can ride free this week on all of our local buses and trains with free rides ending this Saturday.

So avoid the gridlock and traffic woes. Instead, park at the Fannin South Park & Ride and enjoy the game. Cash only accepted.

The System Map and How to Read It
Interactive system map 

While METRO has a lot of cool, interactive tools to learn our system online, you may want to read and touch an old-fashioned paper map to learn more about our New Bus Network. We have that, too. You can download an interactive system map here, or grab one from our RideStore. The New Bus Network system map gives you a bird's eye view of our entire system.

First, you'll see a Frequent Network Map, color-coded red. Routes in the red network are ready to go when you are, arriving at bus stops every 15 minutes or better, seven days a week. In the frequent, red network, buses will come every 15 minutes on 22 bus routes and three light-rail lines, 15 hours a day (roughly from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.).

Connections are easy because when a bus comes frequently, you never have to wait more than 15 minutes for the next bus. You don't have to think about the schedule.

The red network of frequent buses connects a significant share of jobs and neighborhoods in the Houston region. More than one million people and one million jobs are located within a short walk of the frequent red network. The system map shows many of these destinations that can be easily reached. Activity centers like Greenway Plaza are in peach, while universities and parks are in shades of green.

#NewBusNetwork

RideStore Extends Hours for Back-to-School
 

 

School girl holding books and smilingFor most students, school starts next Monday, and METRO wants you to be prepared for school and to learn more about METRO's New Bus Network.

We've extended our hours so you can get student METRO Q® Fare Cards for your child or for yourself  if you're a college student.

This Saturday, the RideStore will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be open two more Saturdays - on Aug. 29 and Sept. 5. During the week, the RideStore's extended hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Aug. 28.

To get a discounted student Q Card, students must provide a current school ID, class schedule, enrollment form, report card on school letterhead or student METRO fare card registration form signed by a parent or guardian.

For college students to receive a discounted fare card, they must be qualified full-time students taking nine or more credit hours. They must also show a government-issued photo ID and one of the following: a fee receipt with a current class schedule, a letter from the college verifying current full-time status, or a student METRO fare card registration signed and stamped by the school registrar.

Students travel for half price - only 60 cents per trip.

So come visit the RideStore during our expanded back-to-school hours. Or download a student METRO fare card registration form which you can mail back to us. And remember, if you come to the RideStore this week, all local buses and trains are free through Saturday.

We'll also have extra staff at the RideStore to help you plan your trip on the New Bus Network.  #NewBusNetwork. 

How to Find Your Schedule
 

Montage of schedules and riders

Our schedules have changed for local routes with the New Bus Network.

You can find all the schedules online here, but you'll need the most current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to properly view these PDF-formatted schedules. You can download the schedule for the specific route you are riding.

 If you want an overview of how each route has changed, look at our Rider Alert. At a glance, you can see how each route in the system has changed. For example, the 1 Hospital has had significant changes while the 2 Bellaire has had minor changes.

For those of you riding any of the 22 routes on our frequent, red network, buses are scheduled to arrive every 10 to 15 minutes - seven days a week.  Ride the New Bus Network this week - ride free on all local bus routes and trains through Saturday, Aug. 22. #NewBusNetwork

METRO Brings Better Service to Riders
METRO Staff answering questions in front of 1900 Main 

Customers walked up to the well-staffed informational tables set up at the Downtown Transit Center and in front of the METRO building at 1900 Main this morning, while METRO employees answered questions, studied maps and handed out schedules.

The first business day of the New Bus Network's launch was busy as riders learned of route adjustments and changes. Like the first day of school, when students are trying to find new classrooms and teachers, many of METRO's customers needed a little help finding where to go.

A couple in their 70s, who live in Southwest Houston, said they have been riding METRO for 15 years. They were in front of 1900 Main gathering schedules. "I like the bus. We don't like the changes now," admitted the wife, who declined to give her name. "We have to relearn the buses. But the bus services are very good. The people are very nice."

The husband, who said they ride the bus exclusively to get around town, said some of their trips will be more convenient now with buses arriving every 15 minutes, but other trips will be longer for them. "We will see," he said. Raymond Carrizal, 80, bus rider

Julio Rivera, a bus operator for seven years from the West Bus Operating Facility, was working the crowd at the DTC because of his bilingual skills. Rivera was able to speak in either English or Spanish, patiently listening to customers' needs and reassuring them on their new routes.

Raymond Carrizal, an 80-year-old veteran who still plays basketball with millennials, said he will be adjusting his route to get to the VA Hospital. (He is pictured on the right). But he took it in stride.

"It's OK. It's just like everything. You got to get used to it. I don't care what it is - in the beginning, it's going to be confusing. But it will get better," said Carrizal. And then he dashed off with a smile to board the bus.

If you haven't tried the New Bus Network, hop on board. This week through Aug. 22, all local buses and trains are free. The New Bus Network includes 22 routes on the frequent network that has buses scheduled to arrive every 15 minutes. #NewBusNetwork

 

Weekend Happenings with METRO Aug. 14-16
 

Montage of events

As the summer winds toward the end for students, there are lots of fun activities you can take the family to around town - from enjoying the pure sounds of children singing to bargain hunting for one-of-a-kind  crafts.

Be sure to ride METRO wherever you go this weekend, and enjoy savings on gas and parking.
Check out the Google Trip Planner to find the specific bus to your destination.

Event: Daniel Ho & Taiwu Children's Ancient Ballads Troupe. Listen to the sounds of award-wining ukulele musician Daniel Ho, accompanied by the voices of Taiwan's Taiwu Children's Ancient Ballads Troupe. The group will sing traditional love songs from their album, To and From the Heart. Free tickets and open seating on the hill.

When: Friday, 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: Discovery Green Flea by Night. Go on a treasure hunt at this unique market tucked in the southeast end of the park. You'll find vintage items, artful kitsch, mid-century modern furniture and recycled and repurposed collectibles.

When: Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: Discovery Green Park, 1500 McKinney

Getting there:

Bus: 1 Hospital, 5 Southmore/Kashmere, 11 Almeda/Nance, 18 Kirby, 30 Cullen/Clinton, 50 Heights/Harrisburg, 52 Hirsch/Scott, 66 Yale/Airline, 77 Liberty/MLK, 80 Lyons/Dowling, 81 Westheimer, 82 Westheimer.

METRORail: Red Line, exit Main Street Square Station; Green or Purple Lines, exit Convention District Station

Event: "Shadow Monsters." Make your own scary monsters at this interactive installation by New York-based British artist Philip Worthington. A digital version of a traditional shadow-puppet theater, this exhibit appeals to kids and adults who can tap into their inner child.

Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet

When: Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. Through Sept. 20.

Getting there:

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

METRORail: Red Line, exit Museum District Station

Your Red and Blue Networks
New Bus Network red logo 

The New Bus Network is a major overhaul of METRO's local bus system.  We've redesigned it from top to bottom, offering straighter, simpler routes.

On routes that are frequently traveled - the red network - you'll find buses that are scheduled to pull up to your bus stop every 15 minutes or less. This frequent network connects one million riders to one million jobs. It brings almost 500,000 jobs within one half-mile of a bus stop. These huge changes will occur while keeping the current bus stop locations for 94 percent of our riders.

The blue network has similar features as dadthe red network. Local buses are scheduled to run every 16 to 30 minutes, 18 or more hours a day.

During our first week of the New Bus Network's launch, all local bus and trains rides are free through Aug. 22.  It's a great time to encourage your friends and neighbors to hop on board and give METRO a test drive. #NewBusNetwork

Blue network logo

Your Service is Seven Days a Week
 

The New Bus Network understands that life doesn't stop on the weekends. In fact, some of you may be even busier on weekends than on weekdays.

 Now METRO can accommodate your travel needs on weekends. Want to go to the grocery store, movies, church, a job or Grandma's house? We'll get you there with a bus that is scheduled to arrive every 15 minutes or better, seven days a week on the frequent red network.

There are at least 22 bus routes on the red network, including those on popular thoroughfares such as Westheimer, Richmond, Bellaire, Scott, Shepherd, Washington Avenue, Gessner, Long Point, Broadway and Antoine.

We are dramatically improving weekend service, giving you 37 percent more service on Saturday and 93 percent more service on Sunday than our current system. 

The New Bus Network started Aug. 16. Expect better service, faster service and more service - seven days a week. Ride free from Aug. 16 to 22 and let us know how you like your new service. #NewBusNetwork
Your Service is Faster
 

Bus zooming by

The New Bus Network offers faster service than our current system. The frequent red network offers seven-day-a-week buses every 15 minutes on at least 22 bus routes. About two-thirds of the trips will be faster.

Trips should be shorter by 10 minutes for 58 percent of riders to reach 30 key destinations. That's good.

So now when you're waiting for a bus on the red network, there's no need to find a printed schedule. A bus is scheduled to roll up every 15 minutes or less - seven days a week. Of course, if you want a more precise arrival time, you can text for estimated next-bus arrivals. Simply text your bus stop's ID number, located on the infopost strapped to the bus stop pole. Text it to 697433, and you'll receive a text of the next two bus arrivals - in real time.

The week of the launch, all local buses and trains are free from Sunday, Aug. 16,  through Saturday, Aug. 22 - hop on board and experience faster, better service. #NewBusNetwork

Ahh...Relief from the Heat
 

Woman drinking water in hot sun

METRO is offering free rides to anyone who needs to find shelter in one of the city's cooling centers.

We are giving free rides to 49 public facilities where the city of Houston is offering air-conditioned comfort to any resident who needs it during this extreme heat. With temperatures stubbornly staying in the triple digits, spiking to a forecasted heat index of 108 to 110 throughout the week, the city has activated the Public Health Heat Emergency Guideline, which allows METRO to offer free rides to designated cooling enters.

These include neighborhood libraries, the Children's Museum and community centers.

If you need a ride or know someone who does, please call 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311 to request a ride. Some METRO buses will have bottled water available for patrons.

Meanwhile, remember these tips during a heat wave:

  • Slow down: Eliminate strenuous activities or schedule them at the coolest time of the day.
  • Dress in lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods, such as fruit or salads.
  • Drink plenty of water (not very cold), non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids, even if you don't feel thirsty.
  • Use air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned malls and libraries.
  • Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
  • Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Minimize direct exposure to the sun.
  • Check on older, sick or frail people who may need help. Every year, dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia. Never, ever leave your child or your dog alone in a hot car, even with the window rolled down.

Learn more safety tips on beating the heat here. #NewBusNetwork

Your Service
 

The New Bus Network's most important asset is you, and we want to make sure we hear your feedback. Compliments or complaints? Please let us know so we can determine how to fix or adjust things.

This is your service. We believe this reimagined network of local buses will offer you more service, more often, as well as shorter bus routes. On the frequent red network, buses are scheduled to arrive every 15 minutes or less, seven days a week. 

On Saturdays, you'll get 37 percent more service, and on Sundays, 93 percent more service than the current system.

We have designed straighter, simpler routes with many of those detouring freight railroad crossings that can cause long delays. For about two-thirds of our trips, we're giving faster trips. About 75 percent of our riders, up from 25 percent now, will experience more frequent service.

Tell us what you like and what you don't like on our public comment page. We are hoping to increase our ridership by 20 percent over the next two years - and we need you to do that.

So try out the New Bus Network. It starts on Aug. 16.  You can ride free on all local buses and trains that first week through Aug. 22. #NewBusNetwork

Weekend Happenings with METRO Aug. 7-9
 

Montage of events

 

If the kids are getting restless during these sweltering hot days, try some cool, indoor activities - or an evening play under the stars. From "Shark Weekend" at the Downtown Aquarium to a reflective museum exhibit with Houstonians' voices, there's something fun for the whole family. 

Be sure to take METRO to get there and save on gas and parking fees. Check out the Google Trip Planner to find your specific bus to your destination. #NewBusNetwork

Event: "Shark Weekend" at the Downtown Aquarium. Meet shark divers and learn fun facts about sharks, then participate in some arts and crafts related to sharks. You can even win shark prizes. 

When: Saturday - 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday - 10 a.m.to 9 p.m.

Where: Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby @ Memorial

Getting there: 

Bus: 3 W. Gray, 20 Long Point, 44 Acres Homes, 50 Heights, 56 Airline, 85 Antoine, 88 Hobby Airport, 102 Bush IAH, 137 Northshore, 163 Fondren

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

Event: "Macbeth." An ambitious soldier encounters three mysterious witches, who promise an awesome future. His power-hungry wife wants her husband to take charge and shape his fate, no matter what the cost. But at what price? See this classic under the stars. 

When: Saturday, 8:30 p.m.

Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre.  Free tickets available are on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. One hour before show time, remaining tickets will be distributed. Open seating on the hill.

Getting there: 

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

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

Event: "Whispering Bayou." This multi-media installation is composed of the sounds, voices and images of Houstonians who form a metaphorical bayou with more than 100 languages spoken. This diverse kaleidoscope of impressions offers memories of the Bayou City with residents past and present. 

When: Friday - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Contemporary Arts Museum, 5216 Montrose

Getting there: 

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

METRORail: Red Line, exit Museum District Station

 

 

Your Network Takes You to Activity Centers
 

The New Bus Network has been designed in a grid-like pattern with simpler, straighter routes and fewer branches. It's also been revamped so that, instead of traveling first to downtown and then transferring to a bus to go out again to your final destination, we'll have more routes that go directly to major activity centers.

This major overhaul of our local routes still will manage to keep the same bus stop locations for most of you - 94 percent of our riders. We will reduce trip time by 10 minutes for 58 percent of trips between 30 key destinations. And we'll use real-time traffic conditions to verify bus schedules, improving on-time performance.

To find out when your next bus arrives, text your bus stop identification number to a short code (697 433) and receive a text back of the estimated, real-time arrivals of the next two buses.

The New Bus Network starts on Aug. 16. Be prepared to enjoy better transit. For the first week from Aug. 16 to 22, all local buses and trains are free. So tell your friends to join you on the bus. #NewBusNetwork

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