Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas

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A METRORail train approaching a station in Downtown Houston

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO) operates bus, lift bus, trolley bus, and light rail service in Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston. METRO also operates bus service to two cities in Fort Bend County.

METRO was created following voter approval of a referendum in 1978; the agency began operation in 1979, taking over the bus service run by the City of Houston known as HouTrans. METRO's service area encompasses 1,285 square miles (3328 km²); the agency employs about 3,800 people.

The agency has been criticized in recent years for administrative inefficiency, budgetary waste, and what critics contend is a poor design of its light rail system. METRO's former CEO Shirley DeLibero was involved in an agency scandal in 2000 involving a falsified résumé and improper use of an agency-owned vehicle.

Their light rail service is known as METRORail. Frank Wilson is the current president of METRO.

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Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas Homepage (http://www.hou-metro.harris.tx.us/)

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