Houstonians searching for eco-friendly transportation don’t have to hold their breath for affordable solar powered or hybrid vehicles of their own. It turns out there has been an eco-friendly option right under their noses all along. It is the Houston Metro and it is transporting greener more and more.
The Houston Metro transportation system has provided eco-friendly transportation for Houstonians since the 1970’s. Today Houston Metro is more than just buses. Since the early 2000’s the Light Rail began to provide Houstonian commuters a faster way to travel through Houston. In 2007 metro began its Metro’s Bikes-On-Buses program and installed racks on many of its new hybrid diesel-electric buses.
For a couple of dollars a Houstonian can buy a 24 hour day pass and ride the Metro which will travel to: “Downtown, Midtown, the Museum District, the Texas Medical Center, Reliant Park, and the South Fannin Street Park & Ride lot.” Other areas in or around Houston where the buses travel include: “Bellaire, Bunker Hill Village, El Lago, Hedwig Village, Hilshire Village, Humble, Hunters Creek, Katy, Missouri City, Piney Point, Southside Place, Spring Valley, Taylor Lake Village and West University Place. Major portions of unincorporated Harris County are also included.”
There are also several alternative Metro services for commuters who do not have METRO bus service easily accessible to them. Some of these services include: Guaranteed RideHome programs, RideSponsor, RideShare, Metro Star, METROVan and Park and Ride. These alternative programs are for commuters who are disabled, elderly, wish to travel greener, people who have to travel far for work and wish to save on gas, people that don’t like the idea of riding a bus but don’t mind carpools or vanpools, or people that have no other means of transportation, but can also not easily get to a bus.
In addition to the bike racks, the hybrid buses, the car/vanpooling, etc, Metro is green in other ways too. According to the Metro’s Bikes-on-buses Program news release at the Houston Metro website, “METRO recycles the water it uses to wash its fleet, reducing the number of gallons used per bus by 14 percent. It also recycles scrap metal, tires, batteries, wood palettes and oil, and uses green-tipped fluorescent lamps which contain lower levels of mercury”.
For more information about individual services, service locations, exact prices, or anything else about Metro buses and services Houstonians can call the metro line at 713.635.4000 or log on to the Metro website.