Getting around Houston is becoming easier by the day. Beginning Saturday, May 23 there will be more public transit options as two new METRO Rail lines begin service. The expanded rail will now provide service with both the Green Line (East End Line), running 3.3 miles from downtown and east along Harrisburg, as well as the Purple Line (Southeast Line), running 6.6 miles southeast connecting downtown from the University of Houston Central Campus to Texas Southern University and Palm Center.
Until recently, the 13-mile Red Line ran from Fannin South Station through downtown along Main Street through the Museum District, the Texas Medical Center, University of Houston-Downtown, and ending at the Northline Transit Center/Houston Community College. Today, the ever-expanding light rail provides easier commutes along nearly 23 miles of central Houston.
In celebration of this expansion, METRO will provide free rides all day as well as a free concert, RAILFEST 2015, at BBVA Compass Stadium following a ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. Expect Grammy award-winning singer Ne-Yo and other national arts, as well as family fun activities and a fireworks show to wrap up the festivities.
Catch the wallet-friendly rail to more than 100 dining and nightlife options, professional sports arenas, cultural institutions and the largest medical center in the world. Find out more about exploring Houston's urban landscape aboard the METRORail.