METRO Transit Academy

group photo on location

METRO Chair Carrin Patman engages METRO Transit Academy graduates at the annual academy reunion, August 2016.

The METRO Transit Academy was founded in 2012 to educate and motivate community stakeholders by teaching them about METRO and its role in regional mobility solutions, and helping them to gain a thorough understanding of transit initiatives within our communities.

As part of a six to eight week course, participants explore the complex linkages between transit, funding, economic development and sustainability through interactive sessions. Partnerships are created and participants help us improve the dialogue between METRO and the community, allowing us to continue to improve the transit services we offer in the region.

Our goal is that graduates of the METRO Transit Academy will take a personal interest in continuing to grow their knowledge of transit. As a key component of the program, we encourage participants to take their new knowledge and put it to use by designing transit-focused individual action plans that they will implement in their community.

METRO has graduated four Transit Academy classes, and is currently preparing for Class V.

Program Participant Criteria
The Transit Academy will be limited to a class of 25 participants, who will be selected based on the following:

  • Applicants must live or work in the Houston METRO service area.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and commitment to make future contributions to transportation, community development, healthy living and improving the quality of life in Houston.
  • Ability to participate in all sessions.

If you are interested in obtaining more information about METRO Transit Academy, please email

Transit Academy 1

Former METRO Executive Vice President, John Sedlak, provides academy participants a history lesson on transit in Houston.

Transit Academy Class 1

METRO Transit Academy Class I

Transit Academy 2

Academy participants experience a tour of METRO’s Rail Operating Center (ROC).

Transit Academy Class 2

METRO Transit Academy Class II

Transit Academy Class 3

METRO Transit Academy Class III

Transit Academy Class 4

METRO Transit Academy Class IV