Beltway METRO Hub
Founded January 1, 1979
Service Area Harris County
Service Type Bus Service, Light Rail, Paratransit Services
Area Beltway 8/Clarborough Pl.
Services Cancelled/Abandoned October 30, 2004

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (often referred to as METRO, or MTA[1]) is a major public transportation agency based in Houston, Texas. It operates bus, light rail, future commuter rail, and paratransit service (under the name METROLift) in the city as well as most of Harris County, Texas. METRO also operates bus service to two cities in Fort Bend County, Texas. The METRO headquarters are in the in the Lee P. Brown Administration Building in Downtown Houston.


The Texas State Legislature authorized the creation of local transit authorities in 1973. In 1978, Houston-area voters created METRO and approved a one-cent sales tax to support its operations. METRO opened for business in January, 1979. In 25 years, the Authority has transformed a broken bus fleet into a regional multimodal transportation system.[2][3]

The agency began operation in 1979, taking over the bus service run by the City of Houston known as HouTran. METRO's service area encompasses 1,285 square miles and also serves portions of an eight-county region with its vanpool service; the agency employs about 3,800 people.[2]

Abandoned METRO HubEdit

Local METRO services used to run at the Hub at the corner of the 10,700 block of Clarborough Place and Clarborough Drive in west Houston, off of the Interstate 10 highway and the Beltway 8 Hardy Toll Road. According to a sign posted at the site, services were halted and the lot closed on October 30, 2004.

It is unknown when and what action METRO will take with the lot.


Photos taken October, 2010

External linksEdit

METRO Official Page


  1. "Metro routes now on Google." Houston Business Journal. Monday February 16, 2009. Retrieved on February 16, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Chronology of Metro's attempts to develop a rail system FRI 03/29/1991 Houston Chronicle, Section A, Page 24, 2 STAR Edition
  3. A Comprehensive Look at the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, Texas

Until the original author hears back from the local METRO office from an Open Records Request, METRO has refused to answer several e-mails in regards to obtaining any further information about this site.

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