Houston Metro Holds Ribbon Cuts for Bus Stop Improvements

The Harris County Metro Transit Authority (Houston Metro) has completed upgrading 2,500 bus stops, making them fully ADA accessible.

Houston Metro board members, leaders and elected officials joined community members in celebrating this milestone.

“In 2017, Metro took a fresh approach to the philosophy of universal accessibility in all of our designs,” said Houston Metro Chairman of the Board, Sanjay Ramabhadran. “Our goal is not just to make bus stops compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but to go way beyond that. Today marks an important milestone in the journey.

“This is a momentous occasion,” said Houston Metro board member Lex Frieden. “For me, when I look at an accessible bus stop, I don’t see the access ramp. I don’t see the stop. I don’t see the stamp. I see an opportunity. I see the chance to go somewhere – to go to school, to go to work, to go to church, to find friends for hobbies.

Houston Metro board members Chris Hollins, Terry Morales and Troi Taylor also joined in the celebrations.

Houston Metro has made significant financial commitments to continue upgrading its bus stops and shelters.

“We are very proud of this achievement, but there is more to come,” said Houston Metro CEO Tom Lambert. “COVID-19 has shown us that access to reliable and affordable public transit is more important than ever.”

Melvin Z. Madore