METRO undergoes ‘makeover’ with universally accessible bus stops

HOUSTON – METRO celebrated the completion of 2,500 universally accessible bus stops early in May, marking a huge milestone for transportation equality. METRO is committed to upgrading all of its 9,000 bus stops to be universally accessible -- this means when riders choose to use public transportation, their experience will be safer, more comfortable, and they will have better access to health care, school, and work.

This isn’t a small project! We’re talking about more than $130 million invested to help revamp these bus stops.

To get this work done, design engineers had to divide and conquer.

“And the interesting part of this, Anavid, is that this is encompassing the entire city, and METRO has divided the area into six zones, and each zone is being taken care of,” Ricky Gonzalez, of Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Incorporated.

Here are more details about the project:

  • METRO’s commitment to invest more than $135 million — including $30 million from the Houston-Galveston Area Council — in a more accessible future that ensures all 9,000 of its bus stops meet or exceed ADA requirements by 2024.
  • Why universally accessible bus stops mean greater access to health care, schools, and work.
  • Bus stop enhancements like larger bus pads, improved sidewalks and wheelchair ramps improve safety and comfort whether you walk, ride or roll.

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