Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County

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The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, also known as Houston METRO or simply METRO, is the transit provider for Houston, Texas.

History

See A Comprehensive Look at the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, Texas for a comprehensive history of Houston METRO.

Operations & Support Facilities

Facilities

  • Buffalo Bayou - 801 North San Jacinto St., Houston, TX 77002
  • Central Stores - 1220 McCarty St., Houston, TX 77029
  • Fallbrook - 111 Fallbrook Dr., Houston, TX 77038
  • Field Service Center - 1215 Labco St., Houston, TX 77029
  • Hiram Clarke - 4175 Uptown Dr., Houston, TX 77045
  • Kashmere - 5700 Eastex Freeway, Houston, TX 77026
  • METROLift Contract Facility - 1215 Labco St., Houston, TX 77029
  • First Transit (METROLift) - 3250 Telephone Road, Houston, TX 77023
  • Yellow Cab (METROLift) - 1406 Hays Street, Houston, TX 77009
  • Northwest - 5555 Deauville Plaza Dr., Houston, TX 77092
  • Polk - 5700 Polk St., Houston, TX 77023
  • Rail Operations Center (ROC) - 1601 West Bellfort, Houston, TX 77054
  • Service and Inspection Facility - 5880 Texas Street, Houston, TX 77011
  • West - 11555 Westpark Dr., Houston, TX 77082

Routes

Local Service (Bus & METRORail)

Park & Ride (Commuter) Service

Most midday routes begin service before 11 a.m., while late-evening trips travel as late as 9 p.m. in some corridors.

Bus Roster

METRO has a current active fleet of 1,393 ACTIVE buses (as of 9/30/2017), which includes 7 Gillig BRT Plus CNG buses, 712 40' conventional transit buses (diesel, hybrid, and CNG models), 390 45' MCI commuter buses (diesel and hybrid models), 88 60' articulated buses (diesel), and 158 paratransit (METROLift) vehicles. METRO also has 36 Arboc Spirit of Mobility models that are used on low ridership routes and/or for METROLift service.

Active

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
50-56 Houston METRO 50-a.jpg 2012 Gillig BRT CNG 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins Westport ISL G ZF 6HP594C
  • Purchased by the Downtown Management District.
  • Operated and maintained under contract by METRO.
1510-1579 Houston METRO 1519-a.jpg 2013 Nova Bus LFS Artic Cummins ISL9
1580-1599 2016 Nova Bus LFS Artic Cummins ISL9
  • 1583 and 1587 retired after being completely submerged in floodwaters during Hurricane Harvey.
1800-1839 Houston METRO 1801-a.jpg 2014 NABI 40-LFW Gen III
(040.55)
Cummins ISL9
1840-1914 2014 NABI 40-LFW Gen III
(040.56)
Cummins ISL9
  • 1903 retired after being involved in major accident.
1915-1994 Houston METRO 1915-a.jpg 2016 Nova LFS Cummins ISL9
2000 Houston METRO 2000-a.jpg 2014 NABI 40-LFW Gen III CNG
(040.55)
Cummins Westport ISL G
2001-2049 2015 NABI 40-LFW Gen III CNG
(040.55)
Cummins Westport ISL G
3200-3535 Houston METRO 3212-a.jpg 2001 NFI D40LF Cummins ISC ZF 5HP592C
  • 3205, 3209, 3240, 3264, 3271, 3272, 3280, 3291, 3295, 3298 & 3385 were sold to Transurbano.
3550-3589 2007 NFI DE41LFR Cummins ISL Allison EP40
hybrid system
  • 3580-3587 are painted in the Quickline livery.
3601-3696 Houston METRO 3626-a.jpg 2008-2009 OBI Orion VII NG HEV
(07.501)
Cummins ISB BAE Systems HybriDrive
hybrid system
  • Equipped with Lithium-Ion batteries for energy storage.
4330-4369 Houston METRO 4330-a.jpg 2013 Arboc Spirit of Mobility
  • Used on routes with low ridership.
  • 4330 & 4331 are used for METRO service.
  • 4364 & 4369 sre used for training purposes.
4601-4680 Houston METRO 4631-a.jpg 2010 OBI Orion VII NG HEV
(07.501)
Cummins ISB BAE Systems HybriDrive
hybrid system
  • Equipped with Lithium-Ion batteries for energy storage.
4810-4899 2001 MCI D4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R
4900-4948 Houston METRO 4918-a.jpg 2002 MCI D4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R
4949-4973 Houston METRO 4968-a.jpg 2007 MCI D4500CT Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R
5001 Houston METRO 5001-a.jpg 2007 MCI D4500CTH Cummins ISL Allison EP50
hybrid system
  • Originally received as a prototype; currently in revenue service.
5002-5010 2008 MCI D4500CTH Cummins ISL Allison EP50
hybrid system
5011-5102 Houston METRO 5098-a.jpg 2009 MCI D4500CTH Cummins ISL Allison EP50
hybrid system
5103-5122 2010 MCI D4500CTH Cummins ISL Allison EP50
hybrid system
5150-5219 Houston METRO 5187-a.jpg 2014 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX Allison B500
5220-5244 2015 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX Allison B500
5245-5254 Houston METRO 5249-a.jpg 2016 MCI D4500CT
5800-5899 Houston METRO 5803-a.jpg 2011 OBI Orion VII EPA10 HEV
(07.501)
Cummins ISB6.7 BAE Systems HybriDrive
hybrid system
  • Equipped with Lithium-Ion batteries for energy storage.

On order

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
2400-2499 2017 NFI XD40
  • [1]
  • Delivery in progress; 1st ones will start revenue service beginning October 2, 2017.
5255-5299 2017 MCI D4500CT
  • Three-Year Contract with Options for 169 Commuter Coaches.[2]
  • Delivery of 1st group of 45 in progress.

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
10-35 Houston METRO 24-a.jpg 1998 Chance AH-28 Cummins ISB Allison B300R
36 2000 Chance AH-28 Cummins ISB Allison B300R
37-40 1999 Chance AH-28 Cummins ISB Allison B300R
41-46 2000 Chance AH-28 Cummins ISB Allison B300R
301-310 Renumbered 3301-3310
311-318 Renumbered 3311-3318
319-324 Renumbered 3319-3324
325-334 Renumbered 3325-3334
335-344 Renumbered 3335-3344
401-445 Renumbered 3401-3445
475-486 Renumbered 3475-3486
600-699 Renumbered 3600-3699
800-1126 1979 Grumman Flxible 870
(53102-8-1)
Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 Formerly HouTran 800-1126.
1150-1164 1986 Neoplan USA AN340/3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-740
  • Ex-National Transit Services; bought in 1993.
  • 1 unit was found in a storage lot known as Diesel Tech in Pflugerville, TX in 2012. However it has since closed.[3]
1200-1254 1979 Eagle Model 05 Detroit Diesel 8V71 All sold to Greyhound.
1255-1299 1984 Eagle Model 10 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
1300-1354 1985 Eagle Model 10 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
1400-1449 1985 Crown Ikarus 286 Cummins NHHTC-350 Allison HT-740
Voith D864.2
  • Retired in 1997.
  • 1 unit was found in Navasota, TX on 1/17/2014.[4]
1450-1485 Houston METRO 1463-a.jpg 1992 Neoplan USA AN460A Detroit Diesel 6V92TA PING Allison HTB-748
  • Diesel/LNG Dual-Fuel
  • Suburban seating
  • Later converted to diesel only before retiring.
1486-1503 1993 Neoplan USA AN460A Detroit Diesel 6V92TA PING Allison HTB-748
  • Diesel/LNG Dual-Fuel
  • Suburban seating
  • Later converted to diesel only before retiring.
  • Retired & auctioned off circa 2005-2006.
    • 3 units were spotted for sale in Illinois circa 2009.[5]
    • 1489 was spotted for sale circa 2011.[6]
    • An unknown unit was spotted for sale in Illinois circa 2011.[7]
    • 1 unit was bought by a private owner and converted into an RV known as Slinky. It was spotted in 2013.[8]
1600-1699 1979 Grumman Flxible 870
(53102-8-1)
Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730
1700-1851 1978 GMC RTS-01
(TH-8201)
Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730
1901-1908 7/1981 GMC RTS-04
(T8J-204)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
1909-2038 2-3/1982 GMC RTS-04
(T8J-204)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
2039-2138 3-4/1983 GMC RTS-04
(T8J-204)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
2139-2188 7-9/1983 GMC RTS-04
(T8J-204)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
2200-2356 1985 Flxible Metro "A"
(40102-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
2400-2408 1989 Ikarus USA 416.02 CAT 3176 ZF 4HP590 2405-2408 were 1990 models.
2409-2519 1990 Ikarus USA 416.02 CAT 3176 ZF 4HP590
2520-2578 1991 Ikarus USA 416.02 CAT 3176 ZF 4HP590 1990 models.
2579 1991 Ikarus USA 416.03 LNG 1990 model.
2580-2585 1992 American Ikarus 416.02 CAT 3176 ZF 4HP590
2586-2645 1993 American Ikarus 416.03 LNG Detroit Diesel 6V92TA PING Allison HTB-748
  • Diesel/LNG Dual-Fuel.
  • Later converted to diesel only before retiring.
2700-2753 1992 American Ikarus 416.04 CAT 3176 ZF 4HP590 Suburban seating
2770-2799 1992 Stewart and Stevenson Apollo T-40 Diesel/LNG Detroit Diesel 6V92TA PING[9]
CAT 3197 Multi-fuel
Allison HTB-748
ZF
  • Mercedes-Benz O371 chassis
  • Diesel/LNG Dual-Fuel.
  • Retired circa 2002-2003.
  • 2792 was kept as a marketing bus for a while after retirement, but was eventually disposed of.
  • 3 CAT powered units to LADOT 91001-91003.
2800-2899 Houston METRO 2831-a.jpg 1999 NFI D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
2900-2949 2000 NFI D40LF Cummins ISC Allison B400R
3000-3029 Houston METRO 3024-a.jpg 1986 Neoplan USA AN430A Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
3040 1994 Neoplan N98012 Cummins B5.9 ZF 4HP500
  • 1993 model.
  • "New Generation" carbon-fiber prototype
  • Retired circa 2003; put up for auction on 2/11/2004.
3050 ? Stewart and Stevenson Apollo T-40
3080-3084 1985 Skillcraft Transmaster 3084 to World Transportation 095.
3090-3094 1986 MAN Americana
(SL-40102L)
MAN D2566 MLUH Renk-Doromat 874B To World Transportation 656-660.
3100-3150 1989 Stewart and Stevenson Starship S-25 Brazilian-built Marcopolo Senior chassis
3200-3234 1990 Goshen GCC-900
3301-3310 11/1967 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
3311-3318 2/1968 GMC T6H-5305A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
3319-3324 9-10/1968 GMC T6H-5305A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
3325-3334 8/1969 GMC T6H-5305A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
3335-3344 9/1971 GMC T6H-5305A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
3401-3445 8/1964 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
3475-3486 1964 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
3600-3699 5/1975 GMC T8H-5307A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison VS2-8
3700-3740 Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County 3720-a.jpg 1993 Neoplan USA AN345/3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748 Replaced by the MCI D4500CTH coaches.
3741-3760 1994 Neoplan USA AN345/3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748 Replaced by the MCI D4500CTH coaches.
3800-3849 1992 Stewart and Stevenson Gemini S-29 Diesel/LNG Detroit Diesel 6V92TA PING Allison HTB-748
  • Ferroni minibus chassis
  • Suburban configuration
3900-3934 1992 Stewart and Stevenson Gemini T-29 Diesel/LNG Detroit Diesel 6V92TA PING Allison HTB-748
  • Ferroni minibus chassis
  • Retired circa 2002.
  • 3922 was kept for the historic fleet, but was put up for auction on 3/4/2008.
  • 1 unit was spotted at Buses For Business in New Braunfels, TX in 2014.[10]
4000-4029 Houston METRO 4018-a.jpg 1996 NFI D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
4030-4096, 4107-4156 Houston METRO 4054-a.jpg 1997 NFI D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
4097-4101 1997 NFI C40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50G Allison B400R
4102-4106 Houston METRO 4104-a.jpg 1997 NFI L40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50G Allison B400R
  • 4103-4106 were converted to DE40LF hybrid buses
  • Based out of the Polk Bus Operating Facility.
4200 1996 NFI D30LF Detroit Diesel Series 40E Allison B300R Demonstrator
4201-4259 Houston METRO 4250-a.jpg 1997 NFI D30LF Detroit Diesel Series 40E Allison B300R
4260-4327 Metropolitan Transit Authority Harris County 4310-a.jpg 1998 NFI D30LF Detroit Diesel Series 40E Allison B300R
4400-4409 1996 Neoplan USA AN460A Detroit Diesel Series 50
Cummins ISL
Allison B500R
  • Suburban configuration
  • Some units were repowered.
  • Retired & auctioned off circa 2009-2011.
  • 4405 & 4408 were bought by Zachers Auto Salvage in Los Angeles, CA.
4410-4441 1997 Neoplan USA AN460A Detroit Diesel Series 50
Cummins ISL
Allison B500R
  • Suburban configuration
  • Some units were repowered.
  • Retired & auctioned off circa 2009-2011.
4442-4467 Houston METRO 4464-a.jpg 1999 Neoplan USA AN460A Detroit Diesel Series 50
Cummins ISL
Allison B500R
  • Suburban configuration
  • Some units were repowered.
  • Retired & auctioned off circa 2012.
  • 4444, 4448, 4461 & 4467 were bought by Frank's Star-Dust Tours, Inc. DBA The Bus in Los Angeles, CA.
  • 4447 was bought by Midwest Bus Corporation.[12]
  • 4452, 4455, 4460 & 4462 were bought by A F Ohab Company Inc. in Indianapolis, IN.
    • 4452, 4455 & 4462 were listed for sale on ebay on 12/26/2013.[13][14]
  • 4463 was bought by All About You Limos in St. Lous, MO (possibly 2nd hand?).[15]
  • An unknown unit was bought by Posh Transport LLC of Pflugerville, TX. It was listed for sale on Craigslist in Las Vegas, NV on 1/31/2017.[16][17]
4500-4547 Houston METRO 4535-a.jpg 1997 Neoplan USA AN460A Detroit Diesel Series 50
Cummins ISL
Allison B500R
  • Some units were repowered.
  • Retired & auctioned off circa 2009-2011.
  • 4503 & 4504 were bought by Zachers Auto Salvage in Los Angeles, CA.
  • 4543 caught on fire and was involved in an accident in 2005. It retired and was auctioned off.
4548-4579 1998 Neoplan USA AN460A 4548-4567: Cummins ISL
4568-4579: Detroit Diesel Series 50
Allison B500R 4548-4567 were repowered.
4580-4589 1999 Neoplan USA AN460A Detroit Diesel Series 50
Cummins ISL
Allison B500R
  • Some units were repowered.
  • Retired & auctioned off circa 2012.
  • 4583 & 4584 were bought by Midwest Bus Corporation.[18][19]
  • 4586 was bought by Frank's Star-Dust Tours, Inc. DBA The Bus in Los Angeles, CA.
4691-4692 Houston METRO 4691-a.jpg 2011 Nova Bus LFS Cummins ISL9 Returned to Nova Bus after the completion of the 6-month trial period.
4700-4726 Houston METRO 4715-a.jpg 1998 NFI D45S Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R
4727-4803 1999 NFI D45S Detroit Diesel Series 60 ZF 5HP600

Paratransit (METROLift)

Current Roster

Fleet Number Range Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Name Engine Transmission Notes
843-901 abc 2010 Chevrolet/Champion Express/Challenger 4 units in non-revenue service (spill response).
902-960 2011 Chevrolet/Champion Express/Challenger Operated by First Transit.
961-998 abc 2013 Ford/Goshen GC II Operated by First Transit.
999-1038 abc 2014 Ford/Goshen E450/GC II Operated by First Transit.
1039-1078 2015 Goshen GC II Operated by First Transit.
1079-1118 2016 ?? ?? Operated by First Transit.

Retired Roster

Fleet Number Range Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Name Engine Transmission Notes
201-285 1992 Collins Civic
500-599 1995 Metrotrans Classic II
600-717 abc 2000 Ford/Goshen E-Series/Pacer II Operated by First Transit.
725-842 abc 2006 Ford/Champion E-Series/Challenger
  • 27 random units in service on certain low-ridership routes.
  • Operated by MV Transit. ALL retired; replaced by Arboc Spirit of Mobility vehicles.

Light Rail

Current Roster

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model
Class
Motors Notes
101-115 2002 Siemens S70 Avanto
H1
Siemens
116-118 2004 Siemens S70 Avanto
H1
Siemens
201-219 2012 Siemens S70 Avanto
H2
Siemens
301-339 2014 CAF Urbos
H3
  • All units currently in service

Detailed Fleet Summary

Fleet summary as of September 30, 2017.

Make ' Model ' Contract Total ' Delivery Pending ' Delivered Not In Service ' Active Fleet ' Pending Disposal/Training Fleet ' Sold or Scrapped ' Total Fleet ' Variance ' Bus Number
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
NOVA 60' Artic-Local Trns 70 0 0 70 0 0 70 0 1510 - 1579
NOVA 60' Artic-Local Sub 20 0 0 18 2 0 20 0 1580 - 1599
MCI 45' Suburban 139 0 0 137 2 0 139 0 4810 - 4948
MCI 45' Suburban 25 0 0 25 0 0 25 0 4949 - 4973
MCI-HEV 45' Suburban 122 0 0 122 0 0 122 0 5001 - 5122
MCI 45' Suburban 95 0 0 95 0 0 95 0 5150 - 5244
MCI 45' Suburban 10 0 0 10 0 0 10 0 5245 - 5254
MCI 45' Suburban 45 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 5255 - 5299
NABI 40' Transit 115 0 0 114 1 0 115 0 1800 - 1914
NABI CNG 40' Transit 50 0 0 50 0 0 50 0 2000 - 2049
New Flyer 40' Tranist 100 81 15 4 0 0 4 0 2400 - 2499
New Flyer 40' Transit 336 0 0 149 12 175 161 0 3200 - 3535
NOVA 40' Tranist 80 0 0 80 0 0 80 0 1915 - 1994
New Flyer 40' Transit-Hybrid 32 0 0 31 1 0 32 0 3550-3579+2
New Flyer 40' HEV Signature 8 0 0 8 0 0 8 0 3580 - 3587
Orion-HEV 40' Transit-Hybrid 96 0 0 96 0 0 96 0 3601 - 3696
Orion-HEV 40' Transit-Hybrid 80 0 0 80 0 0 80 0 4601 - 4680
Orion-HEV 40' Transit-Hybrid 100 0 0 100 0 0 100 0 5800 - 5899
Arboc Transit-Alt.Service 40 0 0 36 2 0 40 0 4330 - 4369
Gillig 29' CNG 7 0 0 7 0 0 7 0 50 - 56
1
SUBTOTAL BOF FLEET 1,570 81 15 1,233 20 175 1,255 0
METROLift Fleet
METROLIFT-FY2017 40 0 7 33 0 0 15 0 1119-1158
METROLIFT-FY2016 40 0 0 40 0 0 40 0 1079-1118
METROLIFT-FY2015 40 0 0 40 0 0 40 0 1039-1078
METROLIFT-FY2014 40 0 0 40 0 0 40 0 999-1038
METROLIFT-FY2013 40 0 0 5 35 0 40 0 961-998
METROLIFT-Arboc FY2013 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 4330-4331
TOTAL METROLift Fleet 202 0 7 160 35 0 177 0
TOTAL Revenue Fleet 1,772 81 22 1,393 55 175 1,432 0
Non-Revenue Buses 8

External link

References

  1. Houston Awards New Flyer a Contract for 100 Xcelsior® Buses, www.newflyer.com, retrieved on 2017-01-07
  2. Houston METRO Awards MCI a Three-Year Contract with Options for 169 Commuter Coaches, www.newflyer.com, retrieved on 2017-01-28
  3. www.flickr.com
  4. fotobus.msk.ru
  5. www.bargainbusnews.com
  6. www.bargainbusnews.com
  7. www.bargainbusnews.com
  8. freeroseywilly.blogspot.com
  9. www.afdc.energy.gov
  10. www.flickr.com
  11. lasvegasbeyond.com (Ctrl+F Neo & Morpheus)
  12. www.midwestbus.com
  13. www.ebay.ca
  14. www.bargainbusnews.com
  15. www.aaylimos.com
  16. lasvegas.craigslist.org
  17. www.usedvending.com
  18. www.midwestbus.com
  19. www.midwestbus.com