When METRO redesigned its bus routes into the New Bus Network in August 2015, we created networks that we referred to as red, blue and green.
The red network involved routes that were popular and heavily traveled. Buses arrived every 15 minutes or less, seven days a week. The blue network included routes whose buses arrived every 30 minutes. Buses on the green network arrived every 60 minutes.
Yesterday, we made a change in weekend service to the 99 Ella, converting it from the slower green network to the faster blue one. "The change in service on the weekends is unprecedented since the start of the New Bus Network," said Jim Archer, director of Service, Planning & Evaluation.
The increased service is due to significantly more riders than expected, and in fact, the 99 Ella has the most riders on any green route on weekends. The 99 Ella-FM1960 offers direct service to Lone Star College, Houston Northwest Medical Center, and the Greenpoint Transit Center.
The route also connects to routes serving George H.W. Bush Intercontinental Airport, Kuykendahl Park & Ride, Near North Side, Northline Mall, Lone Star – Northline, WIllowbrook Mall and downtown.
What all this means to you: Better service, more service and more buses on weekends.
Now you can shop, play, work, worship, or run errands with faster travel time because of the service changes we made on Sunday, Aug. 26. Click here to read about all our other service changes implemented yesterday, and find out if your route is getting better.
If you haven't been riding METRO on weekends, try us. We've just made improvements we think you'll enjoy.
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