​METRORapid

METRORapid bus

It looks like a bus, but runs like rail.

The METRONext Moving Forward Plan includes the introduction of METRORapid, which combines elements of light rail and bus to deliver faster connections and a smooth, convenient ride.

This environmentally-friendly bus rapid transit service features:

• Modern design offering 100% accessibility, with wider doorways and level boarding
• Stations and platforms like rail
• Dedicated, bus-only lane to move through traffic
• Bus-friendly traffic signals


Questions & Answers

Yes. Discounted fares are offered for:

  • Students
  • Seniors
  • Medicare cardholders
  • Disabled passengers

Discounted rate: 60 cents per ride

For more information, visit our Discounted Fares page.

You can pay with any of the following:

  • Mobile ticket
  • Fare card*
  • Paper ticket

*A variety of fare cards are available, for one-time or multiple use.

Mobile ticket:
Mobile tickets are available in the Get Your Fare section of our RideMETRO app, which provides you everything you need to ride:


Google Play Store  Apple App Store


You can also set up or access your mobile ticketing account to purchase mobile tickets online at mobiletickets.RideMETRO.org


Fare card (all varieties):

  • METRO RideStore:
  • - 1900 Main St. Houston, Texas 77002 (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)*
  • Select vending machines located near where you board
  • Participating retail locations


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*Prior to entering the METRO RideStore, you’ll be required to:

  • Use a designated entrance
  • Wear a mask
  • Have your temperature checked


You can also purchase fare cards through the online METRO RideStore, at any time. However, it may take several days for you to receive your card(s), as all ticket purchases made through the online store are physically mailed.


Paper ticket:
Purchase at vending machines located near where you board, using cash or credit card.

Mobile ticket or paper ticket – show it to a METRO fare inspector, upon request

Fare card – tap it at one of the fare validators located near where you board

If you board using a fare card:

  1. You receive free transfers to local bus route service along the line for up to three hours in any direction.

  2. If you plan to transfer to a Park & Ride bus, you would tap your fare card on the validator box near where you board METRORapid. It would deduct $1.25 from your card. Then, for the next three hours, if you tap your fare card on the validator box inside a Park & Ride bus upon boarding, only the difference in cost will be deducted from your card. So if your Park & Ride bus costs $4.50 for a one-way trip, only $3.25 would be deducted from your card.


If you board using a mobile ticket:

  1. You receive free transfers to local bus route service along the line for up to three hours in any direction.

  2. If you plan to transfer to a Park & Ride bus, you would purchase a mobile ticket for your Park & Ride trip up front. That will entitle you to a ride on METRORapid and a transfer to your Park & Ride bus at no additional cost, within three hours of activating your mobile ticket.


If you board using a paper ticket you purchased from a METRO ticket vending machine:

Your ticket is valid for three hours after purchase on METRORapid only. If you transfer to any other service along the route, you’ll be required to pay the full fare for that new service.

 

The first METRORapid route in the Houston area is the METRORapid Silver Line (route no. 433). It runs along Post Oak Blvd. connecting Uptown Houston to two major transit centers, where additional service is available to other areas of the Houston region.

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