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What Day is It?
 

Couple sitting on bench at bus stop

You might even forget it's a Saturday when you ride our New Bus Network.

Starting in August, the New Bus Network is bringing you weekend service that matches our weekday service.
On our red and blue networks - and 73 percent of our current riders will be using these two networks - buses will arrive every 15 minutes or better on the red network, and every 16 to 30 minutes on the blue network.

With the New Bus Network, weekend service will match non-peak, weekday service. No longer will weekends be distinguished by slow service.

No matter what day of the week, expect a bus every 15 minutes or less if you’re on our frequent, red network. Weekends just got better.

Dance the Night Away
 

Silhouette of people dancing 

Ok, you've never really made weekend dates, depending on a bus to get you there and back because our weekend service was so much slower than our weekday service.

Now you can relax.

Our frequent, red network offers a bus every 15 minutes or better. Our blue network brings a bus every 16 to 30 minutes. And our green network brings buses every 60 minutes or less.  

This reimagined weekend service will improve your life. If you're dating someone, you can go out to more restaurants, clubs and events, knowing with confidence that METRO will show up at the bus stop within minutes.

The New Bus Network. It will give you the courage to get on match.com, knowing you can take the bus and impress a new date by getting there on time. It starts in August.

Weekends Just Got Better
 

Street sign reading: "Weekend" with arrow pointing to right

If you're a regular weekend rider, you know that before you leave home, you need to grab a magazine and a fully-charged phone. That's because you know that on weekends you'll be waiting at a bus stop. And waiting. And waiting.

That's changing this August. The New Bus Network has just made weekends a whole lot better. If you're catching a bus on our frequent, red network - no need to consult a schedule. Just run out to your bus stop because a bus will come every 15 minutes or less. Even on Sunday.

The New Bus Network is giving you simpler, seven-days-a-week service, connecting more people to more places - and doing it faster.

Weekend Happenings with METRO
 

Montage of weekend events

With a picture-perfect weekend coming up, what better way to enjoy it than listening to free entertainment outdoors. From tango on the hill in Hermann Park to a comedian downtown, there's a lot to choose from in order to unwind.

Be sure to take METRO to get there and save on parking and traffic woes. For your exact bus, check out Google Trip Planner and find your route based on your starting point.

Event:  Pablo Ziegler Trio for New Tango. Ziegler, who won a Grammy, spent a decade with tango icon Astor Piazolla. He's taken the Argentine tradition and refreshed it with jazz and classical music. Free.

Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr.

When: Friday, 7:45 p.m.

Getting there:

Bus: 1 Hospital/Texas Medical Center/LBJ, 8 South Main/Wheeler, 11 Almeda/Nance, 60 South MacGregor/Downtown, 65 Bissonnet/Wheeler

METRORail: Take the Red Line southbound, exit at the Museum District Station.

Event: Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty. This conceptual artist examines the underbelly of fashion, beauty and celebrity. Minter will display a scuffed heel on a pricy shoe or a close-up of a face with magnified imperfections. View more than 25 of her works.

When: Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Through Aug. 2.

Where: Contemporary Arts Museum, 5216 Montrose Blvd.

Getting there:

Bus: 65 Bissonnet; 8 South Main; 1 Hospital; 60 South MacGregor

METRORail: Take the Red Line southbound and exit at the Museum District Station at Main & Ewing Street.

Event: Bill Maher. Stand-up comic Maher makes a one-night visit to Houston for the first time in years. Taking his cues from the news, the satirist says talking about everyday subjects is challenging. His HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, was nominated for an Emmy 11 times.

When: Sunday, 8 p.m.

Where: Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Ave.

Getting there:

50 Harrisburg/Heights, 85 Antoine Limited, 88 Hobby Airport.

 

Fewer Railroad Crossings = More Frequent Buses


Railroad trackMany of you may have traveled on our buses – and then waited and waited and waited as a freight train lumbered by for what seemed like forever, especially if you were in a hurry.

That scenario will be less likely to happen on our New Bus Network, starting in mid-August.

Almost 30 percent fewer buses per day will be crossing freight rail lines, a major source of delay. On our redesigned network of local buses, we have streamlined as many routes as we could to avoid freight crossings.

For you, that means more frequent buses. On our red network, a bus will arrive every 15 minutes or better. On our blue network, expect a bus every 30 minutes or less. And on our green network that picks up fewer customers, we are keeping transit in those neighborhoods by bringing a bus every 60 minutes or less.

The New Bus Network. It’ll be here before you know it, and you’ll reach your destination faster than you’re accustomed to. It starts in August.

Pilot Program Offers Curbside Pick-up Service
 

Montage of Community Connector

This is a guest blog by Jackie Gil, media specialist.

METRO is serving the I-45 and Gulf Bank community more efficiently through a pilot program it launched earlier this month near Acres Homes.

The Community Connector will provide residents in a defined 5-mile zone the opportunity to call and get curbside pick-up and delivery to a destination within that zone.

The Community Connector is a pilot project that could one day become part of METRO's New Bus Network.  The goal of the New Bus Network is to improve bus service, including routes that are easier to understand, more weekend service and more destinations.

Shoppers at Joe V's Grocery #4 at West Little York and Victory got a sneak peek at the Community Connector blue bus and some received free or discounted fares for later use. 

Some METRO riders said this is a faster and more convenient way to travel in the area.

The pilot program will run for about three months in order to gather feedback from riders.

View this short video and find out why one woman was happy she tried the service.

 

More Frequent Means Faster Trip Times

Man texting on cell phoneImagine this: You board a METRO bus, settle into your seat, and you don’t even get to finish replying to all your text messages. That’s because we’re giving you faster trips between 30 regional destinations on the New Bus Network.

When we redesigned our network of buses, we analyzed 30 destinations and designed shorter, faster trips. In fact, we reviewed 870 trips. Here’s how we improved travel time:

* Faster by 20 minutes or more – 28 percent

* Faster by 10-19 minutes or more – 30 percent

* Faster by 5-9 minutes – 19 percent

On the New Bus Network, you’ll get from here to there before you know it. Try it in August. We are changing the way you commute.

Most Riders to Get More Frequent Buses

People waiting for bus

On the New Bus Network, 73 percent of our current riders will be within one-quarter mile of our network of buses arriving every 15 minutes or less, or our blue network of 30 minutes or better service.

The vast majority of passengers – 94 percent - who currently board our buses will be able to access our system at the same bus stop they do today.

The New Bus Network is bringing more frequency on 22 routes. That means a shorter and safer wait for the next bus, especially if one bus has issues.

Climb aboard our reimagined network of buses…the New Bus Network starting this August.

The New Bus Network: More Frequency
 

Most of us who have taken METRORail never bother to consult a schedule. We know that a train will come every six minutes on weekdays. 

Now METRO's New Bus Network will mean commuters can depend on a bus to arrive every 15 minutes or less on the frequent red network.

More frequent buses mean you can get to where you need to go - conveniently. METRO has reimagined its entire network to create simpler, more frequent, seven-days-a-week service. The New Bus Network offers more frequent routes to more places. In fact, on the red network, we'll be connecting one million people to one million jobs.

Try the New Bus Network coming in mid-August.

Weekend Fun with METRO April 24-26
 

 Montage of three events

There's lots to explore this weekend in the city - including some top-notch entertainment that won't cost you a dime. From celebrating Children's Day to enjoying an East-meets-West dance group, you can attend these events by taking METRO.

You can party as much as want and not worry about slipping behind the wheel tired, or driving home late at night. Ride METRO, take selfies and text all you want.

Event: Dia del Nino WonderWeek. In many parts of the world, children are celebrated on their own special "Children's Day." In Mexico, that day comes on April 30 and is called "El dia del nino."Stop by the Children's Museum, use your imagination, and let your playful spirit come out as  you celebrate kids around the world.

When: April 23-29.

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

Getting there:

Bus: 1 Hospital, 8 South Main, 34 Montrose, 11 Almeda, 65 Bissonnet, 60 South MacGregor

METRORail: Take the Red Line, exit Museum District Station.

Event: Vanities, A New Musical. Follow three Texas cheerleaders from 1963 through 1990, as they sing their way through each time period. One character is the bossy planner, another is the confident liberated woman; and the third is the naïve, conservative cheerleader. Music ranges from "doo-wop" sounds to Burt Bacharach.

When: 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. on Sunday. Through May 3.

Where: Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr.

Getting there:

Bus: 34 Montrose, 50 Heights, 66 Yale

Event: East Meets West XIII. Dance of Asian America and Mitsi Dancing School offer the most recent award-winning choreography from China, along with Houston's renowned Houston Ballet, Ad Deum Dance Co.,  Revolve Dance Co., HIStory Dance Co. and Houston ballroom Co. Watch this mix from East and West with contemporary and modern dance.

When: Saturday, April 25, 8:15 p.m.  Free tickets are available while they last at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance.

Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 6000 Hermann Park Dr.

Getting there:  

METRORail: Take the Red Line southbound, exit at the Museum District Station.

Bus: 1 Hospital/Texas Medical Center/LBJ, 8 South Main/Wheeler, 11 Almeda/Nance, 60 South MacGregor/Downtown, 65 Bissonnet/Wheeler

Be sure to check out the Google Trip Planner to get your specific bus from your starting point. And have a great weekend!

The Green Network: Wide Coverage to Connect You
 

 

Logo of bus on green background

The New Bus Network has three major networks of local routes, designed to give you the best possible transit experience in the nation's fourth largest city.

After months of study, analysis, community input and feedback, METRO has designed a New Bus Network that will change the way you think about public transportation in the Bayou City.

First, there's the red network offering frequent service with buses coming every 15 minutes or less, every day of the week. Second, there's the blue network with buses coming every 15 to 30 minutes or less, seven days a week.

And third, there's the green network. The green network is designed to offer broad coverage in areas where ridership lags. Even though there may not be a lot of riders, public transit is vital to those who live and work in those areas. We are offering local buses every 31 to 60 minutes, at least 14 hours a day, seven days a week.

These local buses connect to transit centers, frequent buses and rail.

METRO's New Bus Network - whatever network you ride, local service will be faster and better with more hours of transit for your busy lifestyle. The New Bus Network. More hours. Now that's something we can all appreciate. ​

 

 

The Blue Network Gives You More Hours
 

Bus icon on blue background 

METRO's New Bus Network is designed to give you more service and better service.

One of the ways we’re doing that is launching a blue network of buses. It will have similar features of the red, frequent network. Local buses will run every 16 to 30 minutes, 18 or more hours per day.

The New Bus Network was created to connect one million people to one million jobs, and offers  on the red network,  the most frequent buses to destinations more commuters want to go to.

The blue network will connect you to many places in the METRO service area - places such as houses of worship, shopping, employment centers, movie theatres and restaurants.

We're building a new network that serves you. The New Bus Network - it's your network bringing you the transit that makes sense in your busy life. Try out the New Bus Network, starting this August.

More Hours for the Weekend
 

Bus icon with "More Hours" written on it

Ever wish you had more hours every weekend to get everything done?

If you play hard or work hard on weekends, we have good news: METRO's New Bus Network just made weekends better.

Now on the frequent network, buses will arrive every 15 minutes or less, including weekends. No more spotty coverage or tentative weekend plans. You can ride METRO, confident that you'll be able to hop on a bus on the frequent, red network - and arrive at that play or movie on time.

We are working hard to make your life easier and give Houston a transit system that works efficiently and effectively. The New Bus Network will launch in August - hop on board later this summer and notice the difference.

 

New Bus Network: More Hours
 

METRO’s New Bus Network is coming in August, and it will bring more service and more buses with straighter routes and more connections.

The New Bus Network has also been updated with the hours of operation for key routes based on your needs and schedules. The frequent red network runs every 15 minutes or better, seven days a week.

These frequent buses will take you to employment centers, shops, places to eat and play. Local buses will run 18 or more hours per day, seven days a week, on major streets.

The New Bus Network...taking you where you want to go, when you want to go. We're giving you more hours so you can travel the way you want. ​

 

Weekend Events with METRO April 17-19
 

Montage of three events 

This is the weekend for film buffs who can attend 10 days of screenings at the 48th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. If you'd rather be outdoors, check out the free performance at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. And discover an amazing lost civilization with artifacts dating back to 1800 B.C.

Whatever you do this weekend, take METRO to get there. We'll save you gas, money for parking - and you can text nonstop enroute.

Event: 48th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. Shorts (125), features (51) and documentaries will be showcased at the world's oldest independent film festival. There are ten sub-categories, including music videos and student pieces.

When: Daily until April 19.

Where: AMC Studio 30, 2949 Dunvale.

Getting there:

Bus: 25 Richmond/Missionbend/Sharpstown/Wheeler (Friday only), 53 Westheimer/Briarforest/Downtown, 82 Westheimer/West Oaks Mall/Downtown

Event:  Bella Gaia: A Poetic Vision of Earth from Space. An extraordinary audio-visual experience combining NASA satellite imagery of Earth, time-lapse nature photography and footage of music and dance from around the world.

When: Friday, April 17, 8 p.m.

Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre, Hermann Park

Getting there:
Bus: 1 Hospital/Texas Medical Center/LBJ, 8 South Main/Wheeler, 11 Almeda/Nance, 34 Montrose/TMC/Heights (Friday only), 60 South MacGregor/Downtown, 65 Bissonnet/Wheeler

METRORail: Take the Red Line southbound. Exit at the Museum District Station.  

Event: China's Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui. Gaze in wonder at artifacts from 1800 B.C., discovered by construction workers in 1986. The exhibit includes three large bronze masks, a bronze human figure towering at 8'5" and ancient jades, elephant tusks and weapons. The early residents of Sanxingdui left no written records, only a mystery to modern descendants.

When: Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Through Sept. 7.

Where: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr.

Getting there:

Bus: 1 Hospital/Texas Medical Center/LBJ, 8 South Main/Wheeler, 11 Almeda/Nance, 34 Montrose/TMC/Heights (Friday only), 60 South MacGregor/Downtown, 65 Bissonnet/Wheeler

METRORail: Take the Red Line, exit at the Museum District Station.

Use the Google Trip Planner to find your specific bus from your starting point.

 

 

Subscribe for Job Openings on Smart Phone

Woman texting on bench

METRO's New Bus Network means more jobs.

The New Bus Network offers more service, with buses coming more frequently for longer hours. We'll have more buses on the streets and more mechanics working around-the-clock to keep those buses running safely.

We have openings for 141 bus operators (starting pay at $15/hour) and 23 bus mechanics, three openings in Human Resources, two in Safety and two in Planning and Development. Click here to view all the openings and to apply.

If you'd like to receive email notifications of new job openings, fill out the job interest card here.  You'll be able to select the job category in which you're interested. For the next 12 months, you'll get an email notification each time a position opens up at METRO.

METRO offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, life and retirement savings plans, as well as training and development.  Check out our openings, and consider joining the METRO family as we roll out the New Bus Network.

The New Bus Network...coming in August, bringing better transit and more jobs to our city.

 

Subscribe to Our Job Listings
 

Woman texting on park bench

METRO's New Bus Network means more jobs.

The New Bus Network offers more service, with buses coming more frequently for longer hours. We'll have more buses on the streets and more mechanics working around-the-clock to keep those buses running safely.

We have openings for 141 bus operators (starting pay at $15/hour) and 23 bus mechanics, three openings in Human Resources, two in Safety and two in Planning and Development. Click here to view all the openings and to apply.

If you'd like to receive email notifications of new job openings, fill out the job interest card here.  You'll be able to select the job category in which you're interested. For the next 12 months, you'll get an email notification each time a position opens up at METRO.

METRO offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, life and retirement savings plans, as well as training and development.  Check out our openings, and consider joining the METRO family as we roll out the New Bus Network.

The New Bus Network...coming in August, bringing better transit and more jobs to our city.

 

Seeking Mechanics for the New Bus Network

Mechanic with tire

METRO’s New Bus Network launches in August. It will bring more buses to you, more often, connecting one million people to one million jobs.

Behind the scenes, that means we need more mechanics to keep those buses running smoothly and safely.

METRO is hiring bus mechanics. We have 23 openings. For example, we’re looking for a collision repair body/refinisher, Class A. Can you diagnose problems and efficiently perform all phases of paint and body repairs in a safe and timely manner? If so, we’re interested in talking to you.

We have a formal seven-year career path that will train you and help you get the required certifications to advance from entry-level mechanic with no experience to transit master level. Our mechanics work around the clock to keep our fleet running. Check out METRO’s job opportunities and apply online. And then consider joining an exciting transit agency that is changing the way Houston travels.

Building a Career on the Road
 

Bus driver

If you love working with people and enjoy being outside an office, consider driving a bus for METRO.

We are looking for 141 full-time bus operators. Starting pay is $15 an hour. We'll also give you a uniform allowance.  Benefits include vacation, sick leave and paid holidays.  

If you speak Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese or know sign language, you qualify for a bilingual incentive.  You'll need to be assessed for fluency and then agree to help passengers in that second language, if needed.

To apply, you must be at least 21 years of age. We prefer a high school diploma or GED, but it's not required. However, you will have two years after your start date to obtain it.

You must also be a licensed driver for three years and pass all five written parts of the commercial driver's license (CDL) in order to start employment here.  METRO will train you to drive a bus and take you to the Department of Public Safety for the driving test to acquire your full CDL with a passenger endorsement, which allows you to drive a vehicle with passengers.

If you already have a commercial driver's license with a passenger endorsement, you'll receive a $1,000 sign-on bonus.

"We offer good benefits, a stable career and a retirement plan," said Roland Manzano, director of Staffing in Human Resources.

 

Need a Job? We're hiring.
 

Man holding sign: "Job Fair"

METRO's New Bus Network means we are redesigning our routes to be straighter and in a more grid-like pattern. It means faster service, connecting one million people to one million jobs. On the red network of frequent service, it means a bus will come every 15 minutes, seven days a week.

And all of that means we need more drivers. METRO has opening for 141 full-time bus operators. We also have openings for mechanics.  Check out all our job openings here.

Find out more at one of our job fairs. We'll host one at the HCC Felix Fraga campus (Southeast campus) at 301 N. Drennan on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To get there, take the 20 Canal, 29 TSU/UH Hirsch Crosstown, 37 El Sol Crosstown or 48 Navigation.

We'll also host a job fair at our main headquarters here at 1900 Main on Saturday, April 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 16, from 1 to 4 p.m.

To get to our main building, take the 3 Langley/W. Gray, 9 North Main/Gulfton, 11 Almeda/Nance, 30 Clinton/Cullen, 44 Acres Homes Limited, 52 Hirsch/Scott, 56 Airline Limited, 60 South MacGregor, 66 Yale, 77 Liberty/MLK, 88 Hobby Airport or 102 Bush IAH. Or ride METRORail and get off at the Downtown Transit Center.

Start a new career at METRO, and help us launch the New Bus Network in August.

 

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