November 9, 2007
METRO celebrated a major milestone this week when it carried its 40 millionth rider on METRORail.
How big is that number? It’s about the population of Poland; or, Reliant Stadium filled to capacity 560 times.
The most successful light rail line in the country, METRORail carries about 45,000 boardings each weekday - a number METRO didn’t expect to achieve until 2020.
“The success of this line goes beyond anything we anticipated and proves that Houstonians do ride the rail, finding it a valuable way to get to work, weekend outings and sporting events,” said METRO President & CEO Frank Wilson. “We thank all our patrons for making METRORail such a huge success.”
METRORail officially started operating January 1, 2004 and reached its 20 millionth boarding in February 2006.
Since then, METRORail has spawned new businesses along the line and allowed METRO to retool its bus system to remove 600 buses from downtown streets each day.
The METRO Board of Directors recently approved the expansion of the light rail system to five new corridors. Construction on these will begin next year.