Use this guide to help plan a safer commute as you return to work. Included are tips on what you can do to keep yourself safe during your commute, as well as information on what area transportation providers are doing to make shared commuting as safe as possible.
Also view our Information for Commuters page to discover what commuting options could be available.
Telecommuting is a great option that eliminates the need for a commute. View resources to ensure teleworking is successful.
Public transportation providers in Greater Houston are implementing several measures to help keep you safe during your commute. Measures include extra cleaning, social distancing, contactless payment, and more. As an extension of Commute with Confidence, the region's transportation partners have formed the SitSafe partnership to show how they are ensuring the continued safety of riders and transit operators. Learn more about what local transit agencies are doing.
On October 1, 2020, all Colorado Valley Transit routes will resume their regular schedule. The following measures will still be employed: practice of social distancing, face mask/face covering, and routine sanitizing of all vehicles.
Connect Transit is placing a greater emphasis on disinfecting buses and has implemented a free fare to encourage social distancing.
Conroe Connection is increasing the frequency of bus cleanings and implementing additional measures to ensure the safety of patrons and bus operator.
Fort Bend Transit is taking specific steps for safer travel. Steps include social distancing, requiring operators to wear masks, and requesting that commuters wear masks as well.
Houston BCycle has increased cleanings at high traffic stations and requires technicians to wear gloves. It also takes payment via an app and has closed some stations near overcrowded parks.
Island Transit has added buses to highly utilized routes and is limiting each bus to ten (10) passengers. Social distancing measures are taken on all buses, and bus interiors are cleaned each hour, sometimes more frequently.
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) Bus and Rail has implemented seat reductions by 50% to enforce social distancing. When buses reach 50% capacity, digital signs will signal you to wait for the next bus. Rear boarding is in place where possible.
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) STAR has a number of programs in place to assist vanpoolers and has provided tips for vanpool groups to encourage social distancing and frequent cleaning in the van.
Woodlands Transit routes have been consolidated to accommodate service adjustments. Currently, both the Research Forest and Sawdust Park and Ride locations have adopted modified service for all routes. The Sterling Ridge Park and Ride is temporarily closed. Trolleys have resumed normal operations.