METRO to reopen Park & Rides on limited basis May 18

Park & Rides will resume limited services beginning May 18. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)
Park & Rides will resume limited services beginning May 18. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)

Park & Rides will resume limited services beginning May 18. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)

Beginning May 18, Park & Ride commuters traveling along all major freeway corridors to downtown Houston will be able to use transportation provided by the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, the transit provider announced in a May 14 news release.


Meanwhile, Park & Ride routes serving the Texas Medical Center will continue operating on a regular weekday schedule, according to the release, though METRO is encouraging riders to use public transit for only essential trips.


The list of limited service is as follows.

Park & Ride - Downtown Destinations



  • Service will operate from 5-9 a.m. for inbound trips and from 3 -7 p.m. for outbound trips.

  • Buses are scheduled to pick up passengers approximately every 15 minutes, with the exception of 236 Maxey/ Baytown, which will run every 30 minutes.

  • There will be no midday or late night service.

  • Customers should allow extra time for travel as the buses may make more stops than usual.



Park & Ride - TMC Destinations



  • Routes serving the Texas Medical Center will operate on a regular weekday schedule.

  • 291 Conroe Park & Ride will only run 6:30 a.m. inbound and 4:30 p.m. outbound trips.



Local Bus



  • Local bus routes will continue to run on a modified Saturday Schedule seven days a week.

  • Route designations can be found on bus stop signs and on this METRO local bus route color chart.

  • Extra buses have been added on routes with high demand to allow riders to spread out on vehicles.



METRORail



  • Red Line: operating every 12 minutes

  • Purple & Green Lines: operating every 18 minutes

  • TMC Shuttle (Fannin South and Burnett Transit Center stations): operating every six minutes on weekdays during peak times in mornings and afternoons



METROLift



  • Seating capacity on METROLift vehicles is reduced by 50% to encourage social distancing, which may lead to delays.

  • Please call METROLift Customer Service at 713-225-0119 if you have questions or need assistance.



HOV/HOT Lanes



  • Service on all METRO-operated high-occupancy vehicle/high-occupancy toll lanes is operating during regular hours.

  • During nonpeak hours, single-occupant vehicles can access the HOV/HOT lanes for a toll.



A complete list of the schedules can be found by clicking this link.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.


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