METRO bus parked at Transit CenterLocal Bus

Local service runs mostly on city streets, stopping at every other corner along its route.

Paying the $1.25 fare with your METRO Q® Fare Card, METRO Day Pass, or METRO Money, earns you free transfers in any direction for up to three hours. METRO's local bus service runs mostly along city streets, making stops at every other corner along the designated route. Routes are color-coded based on service frequency during the midday and weekends. Orange indicates weekday peak periods only, during rush-hour.

METRO offers a 50 percent discount on all bus and light-rail service for students, seniors, Medicare cardholders and the disabled. Children ages five and under ride free. Free local bus and rail rides are offered to qualified veterans and to those serving jury duty. All METROLift customers are eligible for the METROLift Freedom Q® Card. Those serving jury duty also ride free.

The red network: These red routes are frequent routes with buses scheduled every 15 minute or less on 22 major routes, at least 15 hours a day – seven days a week.

The blue network: These blue routes operate similarly to the red routes with buses scheduled every 16 to 30 minutes, 18 or more hours a day – seven days a week.

The green network: These green routes offer buses every 31 to 60 minutes, at least 14 hours a day, seven days a week. This is designed to offer broad coverage in areas where there's light ridership.

Find bus schedules here. You can print a map of the entire system from this PDF. Explore our system with our interactive service map. This is where you can check out bus routes, rail lines, HOV / HOT lanes, transit centers and bus or rail stops. Click on only the route you want and zoom in for exact bus stops.

Commuter Bus

Park & Ride service is for long-distance commuting. METRO's Park & Ride lots provide bus service to key destinations in the service area. One-way fare falls into four fare zones based on the distance a bus travels.

The Texas Medical Center (TMC) Circulator may be paid with the METRO Q® Fare Card or cash.

Customers can carry a pet on the bus and the rail as long as it is caged properly. Service animals are allowed to accompany riders with disabilities.

Bus and rail riders may bring car seats aboard, but there are no seat belts to strap the car seat to the bus or rail seat. So the caregiver would have to hold the baby or child. Before boarding the bus the child must be removed from the stroller and the stroller must be collapsed, folded and placed out of the walk way of the bus.

Bus Accessibility Features

Para transit rider getting off local bus

All of our buses are accessible to people with disabilities. Buses feature the following:

  • Ramps or lifts on all of our buses
  • Many METRO buses offer, upon request, a kneeling feature to assist with boarding. Standees on lifts are permitted under the ADA
  • Two priority-seating areas for the elderly and people with disabilities
  • Equipped with an easy-to-reach call bell and special securement belts designed to secure the mobility devices of patrons who use a wheelchair or scooter in two 30"x48" wheelchair securement areas
  • Bus pads, sidewalk links, and curb cuts at most of our bus stops
  • Solid-square bus poles at bus stops
  • Automatic audio and visual announcements on buses at major stops, main intersections and transfer points along the route
  • Large, bright destination signs on the front and sides of the bus
  • Lighted “Stop Request” signs inside the bus for riders with hearing impairments
  • Transit Centers connecting bus routes in neighborhoods across the region for safe and easy transfers