METRO 101: How to Ride the Bus

October 7, 2015

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is the region’s largest public transit provider, offering safe, reliable and affordable transportation services about 370,000 times per day. METRO operates more than 1,200 buses, and introduced its new and improved bus network in August, 2015.

Learn more about METRO by visiting where you can download information and view bus route information in various languages, including Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, French, and German.

Fare Zone Chart



Discounted Fares Students, Seniors, Medicare Cardholders and Disabled

Local / METRORail $1.25 per ride $0.60 per ride
Park & Ride Zone 1 $2.00 per ride $1.00 per ride
Park & Ride Zone 2 $3.25 per ride $1.60 per ride
Park & Ride Zone 3 $3.75 per ride $1.85 per ride
Park & Ride Zone 4 $4.50 per ride $2.25 per ride
All fares are rounded to the nearest nickel, dime, or quarter. 


METRO Q® Fare Card

METRO Day Pass

The METRO Q® Fare Card offers the best value for riders who use local bus, rail or commuter service once or twice daily. The METRO Day Pass offers the best value for frequent local bus and rail riders who travel three or more times daily.
No rider restrictions. Card can be used anytime on any METRO bus or train. Reloadable

Valid only on the day of activation – expires 2 a.m. the following morning.

FREE Transfers (up to three hours in the same direction) with every paid fare. FREE Transfers (up to three hours in the same direction) for the first two paid fares. Enjoy unlimited travel, in any direction, after your third paid fare – same day only.
50% discounts for students, seniors and disabled riders. Customers can load/reload their card using any amount ranging from $5 to $500. 50% discount for students, seniors and disabled riders. Riders can preload up to $500 per card.
Users are rewarded over time, offering 5 FREE rides for every 50 paid rides.*
*Trips cannot be combined from multiple METRO Q® Cards.
Frequent users are rewarded the same day, offering unlimited local bus and rail service.
Tap your card to pay. Activates after three paid taps of your card.

Never pay more than $3 a day – no matter how often you ride.

Valid on all METRO bus and light-rail service.
METRO Q® Fare Card User Guide (PDF)
Valid on METRO Park & Ride service; however, paid fares will not count toward the unlimited local bus and rail travel benefit.
METRO Day Pass Brochure (PDF- English)
METRO Day Pass Brochure (PDF- Spanish)

At this time of year, we receive inquiries regarding your annual assessment statement and when payment is due. Typically, the assessment statements are mailed out immediately after the District's last board meeting of the year.

In order to avoid penalty and interest (which accrues on February 1st), your annual assessment payment must be postmarked by January 31st.

Payments should be made payable to the District and mailed to:
Equi-Tax Inc.
Tax Assessor/Collector
P. O. Box 73109
Houston, TX 77273

Please do NOT mail or deliver assessment payments to the management district office.

You may also obtain a copy of your statement at

For information regarding your billing, please call the Equi-Tax Customer Service Line at 281-444-3946 from Mon-Thur 8 am until 4:30 pm.

For information regarding ownership, address or appraised value, please call the Harris County Appraisal District at 713-957-7800.