Hundreds pack room to learn about METRONext Business Now projects

Business and community leaders, as well as a wide range of vendors, learned February 20  how they can help move forward the 500 miles of travel improvements outlined in the $7.5 billion METRONext Moving Forward Plan. At the meeting, METRO board members and staff provided an overview of future projects and explained how to do business with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. 
“With your expertise and commitment to this community, we can begin to provide improved accessibility for the disabled and seniors, better bus service, an upgraded regional express network with two-way HOV lanes, new Park & Rides and transit centers, 75 miles of METRORapid service that operates like light rail and much more,” said METRO Board Chair Carrin Patman.
Voters approved the $3.5 billion METRONext bond referendum in November 2019. 
“Just as we needed the support of the community to get the METRONext plan approved, we need your support to execute that plan,” said METRO President and CEO Tom Lambert.
The METRONext projects are expected to generate more than 100 prime contracting opportunities, along with hundreds of additional opportunities for smaller business providers.
“What we hope to accomplish today is to begin building a team including METRO staff and the business community to fulfill the promises of METRONext. It’s going to take that team working together to help us deliver capital projects, improve operations and implement system enhancements,” said METRO Board Member Sanjay Ramabhadran.
Details on future opportunities for projects shared at METRONext Business Now are available at under the presentations archive tab. METRO’s Small Business University offers regular programming to help engage small businesses. A list of upcoming training events can be found at
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. Besides operating more than 1,200 buses on METRO’s network, METRORail's system includes the Red Line (Main Street and Northline), Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast).
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