Quickline

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Quickline
Houston METRO New Flyer DE41LFR 3586.JPG
Overview
System Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
Operator Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
Began service Scheduled June 1, 2009
Route
Locale Houston (Texas, USA)
Start Ranchester Station (west)
End TMC Transit Center Station (east)

Quickline (also known as Signature Service) is a bus rapid transit service owned and operated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO). The Quickline service began on June 1, 2009[1] with the 402 route (also called the QL2 route), that parallels the 2-Bellaire regular service route, which is the most heavily used bus route that METRO facilitates. Both routes run along Bellaire Boulevard.

System features[edit]

Quickline Kirby Station Westbound

The Quickline system features upgraded buses, fewer stops, and more modern and comfortable bus stops. The bus stops resemble those featured along the METRORail Red Line, with announced arrival times for upcoming buses based on GPS tracking systems. In addition, the buses are equipped with control devices that will interact with the traffic signal system at intersections to allow the buses to have priority movement along the route. The service uses 40-ft long hybrid-electric buses, purchased from New Flyer Corporation, that provide on-board security cameras, more comfortable seating, a quieter interior and a significant amount of passenger information to be provided at the stops along the route. To help distinguish the service from regular METRO buses, the Quickline buses have a distinctive blue bus wrap on the exterior with the "Quickline" insignia and route map applied.

402 QL Bellaire[edit]

Original bus livery

This route is the first of many Quickline bus routes that are planned by METRO. The QL 402 operates only during peak traffic hours in the mornings and afternoons on 15-minute intervals. The 9-mile route has only 8 stops, allowing buses to make significant time saving trips from the west side of Houston to the Texas Medical Center. In addition, these 8 stops were selected so that transfers to existing METRO local service bus routes could be performed more efficiently. The estimated length of the trip from Ranchester Station to the TMC Transit Center Station is 38 minutes.[citation needed]

Stations[edit]

The following is a list of stations for the 402 Quickline, listed in order from west to east:[2]

402 QL Bellaire
Ranchester Station
Gessner Station
Fondren Station
Sharpstown Center Station
Hillcroft Station
Bellaire Transit Center Station
Stella Link Station
Kirby Station
TMC Transit Center Station

Future expansion[edit]

Before breaking ground on any future Quickline routes, METRO has pledged to grade the ridership of the QL2 route first. In addition, the transportation agency will survey passengers periodically to gain their opinion of the service and will monitor ridership as a measure of success. However, METRO has since then stated that Quickline routes could potentially be built on other heavily used streets around Houston, such as Westheimer, Airline, Beechnut, Antoine, and Gessner.[3]

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