The City of McAllen’s Transit Department was created in 2001 in order to manage and maintain Central Station, the City’s International Transit Terminal Facility. In January of 2005, the Transit Department took over McAllen Express Transit (MET) operations, this transition resulted in an annual operating cost savings of approximately $250,000. In addition to a cost savings, the Transit Department has been able to increase annual ridership. The peak annual number of trips provided under the City’s Transit Department is 426,593 trips in fiscal year 2010. This represents an increase of 22% from the peak number of trips provided prior to the transition in fiscal year 2004. In February 2011, MET became what is now Metro McAllen.
Metro McAllen currently operates seven (7) intracity bus routes and a paratransit bus service for eligible patrons. The bus system hubs out of the downtown terminal facility where passengers can connect to an array of international, national, regional and intracity destinations. The bus service hours of operation are from Monday through Saturday from 6:00 a.m.- 11:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.