46 Gessner | METRO Bus Route | Accessible Public Transit | Houston, Texas (2024)

46 Gessner | METRO Bus Route | Accessible Public Transit | Houston, Texas (1)

46

Gessner

  • Mon-Fri: Runs every 12 min. *
  • Sat-Sun: Runs every 15 min. *

* For most operating hours. Exact times may vary.

Accessible Vehicles

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46 Gessner schedule

Fares


Regular Fare

$1.25

For all Local Bus customers who aren’t eligible for a discounted fare.

Discounted Fare

$0.60

* For students, seniors 65-69, or people with disabilities who aren't METROLift customers.

* Requires discounted fare card

Ways To Pay


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METRO Q® Fare Card

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METRO Q® Fare Card

A contactless fare payment option – this is the form of payment used by most METRO riders. It functions as a debit card for riding METRO. You can continually load and store money on it – and then money will be deducted each time you pay your fare.

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How To Pay

Tap your regular or discounted METRO Q® Fare Card on the validator inside the bus when you board (as shown in the photo) and the fare amount will be deducted. If you prefer to go contactless, you can wave your card close to the validator as well.

Make sure the light registers green in the upper right when you tap or wave.

Transfers

After the fare amount is deducted from your card, you’ll receive free transfers between any of these METRO services for up to three hours in any direction:

  • Local bus
  • METRORail
  • METRORapid
  • METRO curb2curb

For transfers to Park & Ride bus service, you only pay the fare difference for up to three hours in any direction.

5 for 50

Paying your fare with a METRO Q® Fare Card entitles you to METRO’s 5 for 50 offer – you’ll be credited with five free trips for every 50 paid trips.

Each of your five free trips may be used on any of the following services for up to three hours at no charge, regardless of the service(s) you typically use or where you board:

  • Local bus
  • Park & Ride bus
  • METRORail
  • METRORapid
  • METRO curb2curb

Immediately after you reach 50 paid trips, your five free trips will be applied automatically to the next five trips you take.

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METRO Q Mobile Ticket

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METRO Q Mobile Ticket

This is a contactless fare payment option. Download the METRO Q Ticketing app to your smartphone and sign up for an account on the app. That will allow you to purchase regular fare mobile tickets to board a METRO bus. Discounted fare mobile tickets aren’t available for purchase.

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How To Pay

Once you purchase and activate a mobile ticket, it will display animated colors and motion on your phone. Show that to the bus operator as you board, as shown in the photo. After you activate your mobile ticket, it's valid for three hours.

Transfers

After you activate a Local Single Ride or Local Day Passmobile ticket, you’ll receive free transfers between any of these METRO services in any direction:

  • Local bus
  • METRORail
  • METRORapid
  • METRO curb2curb

To transfer to Park & Ride service, you'll need to purchase and activateaPark & Ride mobile ticket. It entitles you to free transfers between any METRO service of equal or lesser value.

5 for 50

Paying your fare with a METRO Q Mobile Ticket entitles you to METRO’s 5 for 50 offer – you’ll be credited with five free trips after you’ve activated 50 mobile tickets.

For each of your five free trips, you can choose to activate a Local Single Ride mobile ticket or any Park & Ride mobile ticket for up to three hours at no charge.

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METRO Day Pass

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METRO Day Pass

A contactless fare payment option – this offers the best value if you ride local services three or more times in a day (at different times of the day). It functions as a debit card for riding METRO. You can continually load and store money on it – and then money will be deducted each time you pay your fare.

The maximum daily amount deducted is $3 from a regular METRO Day Pass or $1.50 from a discounted METRO Day Pass. If you use the pass on a Park & Ride bus, the cost to ride doesn't get applied to those deductions. The pass is only valid on the day of activation; it expires at 2 a.m. the following morning.

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How To Pay

Tap your regular or discounted METRO Day Pass on the validator inside the bus when you board (as shown in the photo) and the fare amount will be deducted. If you prefer to go contactless, you can wave your card close to the validator as well.

Make sure the light registers green in the upper right when you tap or wave.

Transfers

After each of the first two times the fare amount is deducted from your card, you’ll be entitled to free transfers between any of these METRO services for up to three hours in any direction:

  • Local bus
  • METRORail
  • METRORapid
  • METRO curb2curb

After the third time the fare amount is deducted from your card, you’re entitled to unlimited use of those services for the rest of the day.

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METRO Money

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METRO Money

A contactless fare payment option – this is a popular choice for agencies, hotels and convention groups looking to provide a disposable fare card to clients, customers or guests. The card comes preloaded with amounts ranging from $1.25 to $20. These cards can't be reloaded.

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How To Pay

Tap your METRO Money card on the validator inside the bus when you board (as shown in the photo) and the fare amount will be deducted. If you prefer to go contactless, you can wave your card close to the validator as well.

Make sure the light registers green in the upper right when you tap or wave.

Transfers

After the fare amount is deducted from your card, you’ll receive free transfers between any of these METRO services for up to three hours in any direction:

  • Local bus
  • METRORail
  • METRORapid
  • METRO curb2curb

For transfers to Park & Ride bus service, you only pay the fare difference for up to three hours in any direction.

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Cash

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Cash

You’re welcome to pay with cash and/or coins.

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How To Pay

Deposit it into the fare box when you board the bus, as shown in the photo. No change is given.

Transfers

When paying with cash, transfers to other METRO services aren’t included.

About Route 46

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Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation

Day of WeekFirst Trip StartsLast Trip Ends
Mon.-Fri.Before 5 a.m.
After midnight
SaturdayBefore 5 a.m.After midnight
SundayBefore 5 a.m.After midnight

Popular Destinations

Popular Destinations

Name of Destination Intersection or Stop
Hillendahl Neighborhood Library Gessner @ Emnora
Marian Community Center Gessner @ Northern
Marian Park South Gessner @ Northern
Post Office (10910 South Gessner) South Gessner @ Williamcrest
Post Office (3836 South Gessner) South Gessner @ Westpark
Texas Department of Public Safety Driver License Mega Center (South Gessner) South Gessner @ Fawn Terrace
Name of Destination Intersection or Stop
Hillendahl Neighborhood Library Gessner @ Emnora
Marian Community Center Gessner @ Northern
Name of Destination Intersection or Stop
Houston Behavioral Health Care Hospital Gessner @ Kempwood
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center I-10 @ Gessner
Memorial Hermann Prevention/Recovery Center Gessner @ Kemp Forest
Name of Destination Intersection or Stop
Gessner Park & Ride South Gessner @ Westpark
West Little York Park & Ride U.S. Highway 290 @ West Little York
Name of Destination Intersection or Stop
Frostwood Elementary School Gessner @ Memorial
Houston Can Academy South Gessner @ Williamcrest
Southwest Elementary School South Gessner @ Nairn
Springwoods High School Hammerly @ Gessner
Strake Jesuit College Preparatory South Gessner @ Clarewood
Tenney School South Gessner @ Pagewood
Valley West Elementary School South Gessner @ Creekbend
Welch Middle School South Gessner @ Magee
Name of Destination Intersection or Stop
ALDI (Gessner) Gessner @ Emnora
Bodija Foods South Gessner @ Westbrae
El Ahorro Supermarket (Long Point) Long Point @ Witte
Fiesta (8710 Bellaire) Bellaire @ South Gessner
Fiesta (Braeswood) Braeswood @ South Gessner
H-E-B (Kempwood) Kempwood @ Gessner
King Dollar Supermarket Gessner @ Westray
Kroger (Gessner) Gessner @ Emnora
La Michoacana Meat Market (1413 Gessner) Gessner @ Hanka
La Michoacana Meat Market (6036 South Gessner) South Gessner @ Town Park
La Michoacana Meat Market (8002 South Gessner) South Gessner @ Beechnut
Memorial City Mall Gessner @ Kingsride
Randalls (Westheimer) Westheimer @ South Gessner
Sun Wing Supermarket Foods Harwin @ South Gessner
Supermercado Popular Airport @ Gessner
Walmart Neighborhood Market (South Gessner) South Gessner @ West Bellfort
Name of Destination Intersection or Stop
Lee Leclear Tennis Center South Gessner @ Bissonnet

Transfer Options

Transfer Options

Below are connecting routes along the 46.During most hours each day:

  • Red routes run at least every 15 minutes
  • Blue routes run every 16-30 minutes
  • Green routes run every 31-60 minutes

2

Bellaire

4

Beechnut

7

West Airport

8

West Bellfort

25

Richmond

26

Long Point / Cavalcade

36

Kempwood

39

Katy Freeway

45

Tidwell

58

Hammerly

65

Bissonnet

68

Braeswood

70

Memorial

72

Westview

82

Westheimer

151

Westpark Express

152

Harwin Express

153

Harwin Express

160

Memorial City Express

161

Wilcrest Express

162

Memorial Express

216

W L York / Nw Station P&R

402

Bellaire Quickline

To see locations along the 46 where specific connecting routes are available, close this window and click or tap on the Route Map tab.

Next Bus Arrival

There are various ways that METRO can provide you with reliable, estimated bus arrival times. These real-time updates allow you to stay informed and avoid delays.


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Receive the next bus arrival time directly to your phone. Text your bus stop numberfollowed by a space and yourroute number to 697433. You'll receive a text back with theestimated real-time arrival (RT) and scheduled arrival time (SC) of the next buses at your stop.

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See the next bus arrival timesby using the map to select the location where you'll begin your trip. Select your bus route from the routes shown along the left side of the screen and then choose the direction you're traveling in. Estimatedreal-time arrivals are shown in green and scheduled times are shown in white along the bottom of your screen.

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See the next bus or train departure times by entering your destination and selecting the transit icon (usually a bus or train symbol). You’ll see the timing of scheduled departures from your stop and any delays will be shown in red next to the scheduled time.

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After entering your destination, select the public transportation icon (usually a bus or train symbol). Google Maps™ will display your route options. Choose the route that suits you best and tap on it to view more details. You will see the scheduled time as well as the estimated real-time arrival of the next vehicle(s).

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See estimated real-time bus and train arrival information on digital signs.

At select bus stop locations, you'll see digital signs like the one pictured above. Additionally, all METRORail and METRORapid platforms feature scrolling LED digital signs, and most transit centers feature scrolling LED digital signs or high-definition LCD monitors. In addition to estimated arrival times, the LCD screens may also display service alerts, detours, stop closures and other METRO announcements.

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Track Your Bus or Train directly from the homepage of the METRO website. Select your route, destination andstop. Click or tap on Track Now and you'll see the route number and estimated real-time arrival as well as the next scheduled departures.

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Reach METRO's automated next bus arrival system by calling Customer Service at 713-635-4000. When prompted, enter your bus stop number followed by your route number, or press the pound sign (#) for stop number lookup. Estimated real-time and scheduled times of the next buses at your stop will be recited.

Select Another Route

If you’d like to explore other METRO local bus routes, select one below. Otherwise, you can scroll down to view Common Questions about riding a local bus or access Rider Tools to plan your trip.

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Common Questions

Fares

The regular fare to board is $1.25

The discounted fare is 60 cents.

The following passengers ride free:

  • Children five or younger, accompanied by an adult
  • Seniors 70 and older who have a discounted METRO Q® Fare Card
  • Disabled or decorated veterans who have a METRO Veterans Pass
  • METROLift customers with a METROLift Freedom Q® Card, and up to one assistant

You can pay your local bus fare using any of the following:

  • METRO Q® Fare Card
  • METRO Q Mobile Ticket
  • METRO Day Pass
  • METRO Money card
  • Cash

The All About Fares page has information on where you can obtain various fare cards.

If you pay your fare using a METRO Q® Fare Card, METRO Q Mobile Ticket, METRO Day Pass or METRO Money card, you’re entitled to free transfers between any of these METRO services for up to three hours in any direction:

  • Local bus
  • METRORail
  • METRORapid
  • METRO curb2curb

For transfers to Park & Ride bus service, you only pay the fare difference for up to three hours in any direction.

If you wish to pay with a mobile ticket and plan to ride or transfer to a Park & Ride bus during your trip, you'll need to purchase and activate a Park & Ride mobile ticket. It's valid for three hours once activated and entitles you to free transfers between any METRO service of equal or lesser value during that time.

Only regular fare mobile tickets are available for purchase.

Trip Planning

A route selector is accessible directly on the website home page, linking you directly to a page for the local bus route of your choice.

At the top of each individual route page, you’ll find:

  • Frequency of service on weekdays and weekends
  • Stop-by-stop schedule
  • Link to view PDF schedule which you can then download and/or print

On the METRO website, there’s a route map on each individual route page.

You can also use the website's Interactive System Map (best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer). In the bus section of the map, you can check a box next to any METRO bus route and the map will draw a line showing the entire route and where it runs.

If you’d prefer a physical map, we include a map image in the printed brochure for each individual bus route. Brochures are available for free at all METRO RideStore locations:

  • Downtown Transit Center - 1900 Main St.
  • Fannin South Transit Center - 1604 West Bellfort St.
  • Main Street Square - 1001 Travis St.
  • Northwest Transit Center - 7373 Old Katy Road

Trip planning tools are available on:

  • Various pages of the METRO website, including the home page
  • RideMETRO app for your smartphone (“Plan Your Trip” section)
  • ONE to Ride app for your smartphone
  • Google or Apple maps

Prior to arrival

METRO local buses make stops at the following locations

  • Along city streets, at intersections where you see a METRO bus stop sign and/or bus shelter
  • At select Park & Ride lots around the region
  • At more than 20 transit centers around the region

All METRO buses have large, bright destination signs on the front of the bus above the windshield and along the passenger’s side, near the front door. These digital displays include the route number and destination.

Route Alerts or detours could affect your vehicle’s arrival time and/or the length of your trip. Subscribing to receive this information is a convenient way to know before you go.

On the METRO website, you can subscribe to receive notifications direct to your phone or email for the bus, rail, METRORapid and/or METRO curb2curb routes of your choice.

The quickest and easiest signup option can be found on each individual route page.

If you prefer, there’s also a Get Text and Email Alerts page where you can subscribe to multiple routes simultaneously.

All subscriptions are free and you can unsubscribe at any time.

If you don’t wish to subscribe, you can use any of the following:

  • Routes and Schedules tab on METRO website home page - it will transport you to your route page. If there are any active alerts, a link to view them will be visible near the top of the page.
  • RideMETRO app (click or tap Service Alerts on main menu)
  • ONE to Ride app (a red triangular icon will appear on the screen if your selected route is experiencing a service alert)
  • Trip planning tool, which can be accessed in multiple places. More information about that can be found in the Trip Planning topic (see question titled "How do I plan my trip?")

METRO offers a rider tool called Next Bus Texting. To use it, you'll need to know your stop number. It's posted on the bus stop sign at every bus stop location. Just text that stop number to 697433. We'll then text you back the scheduled arrival time (SC) and estimated real-time arrival (RT) of the next bus for all routes that stop at your location.

Estimated arrival times can also be accessed on:

  • METRO website home page (“Track Bus or Train” tab)
  • ONE to Ride app for your smartphone
  • Automated phone line by dialing 713-635-4000
  • Google or Apple maps

Increasingly, estimated arrival information will also be displayed digitally at bus stop locations and transit centers throughout the region. Transit centers are sheltered waiting areas where you can transfer to other METRO routes and services that provide access to even more destinations. They’re often found at the beginning or end of a bus route.

These digitally displayed passenger information enhancements are part of the METRONext Moving Forward Plan, to create a better customer experience.

Riding

If you don’t require assistance, enter through the front doors, pay your fare and choose an open seat. Please avoid sitting in the priority seating areas for the elderly and people with disabilities, marked by the International Symbol of Access (Wheelchair Symbol).

If you’re using a wheelchair, mobility scooter, or walker, wait for the operator to activate an accessible ramp which will allow you easy access through the front doors. You can then pay your fare and proceed to one of the priority seating areas.

Any METRO fare card:

Tap your card on the validator and the fare amount will be deducted. If you prefer to go contactless, you can wave your card close to the validator as well. Make sure the light registers green in the upper right when you tap or wave.


METRO Q Mobile Ticket:

Activate the ticket on your smartphone before boarding. It will display animated colors and motion on your phone. Show that to the bus operator as you board.


Cash:

Deposit cash and/or coins into the farebox when you board the bus.

No change is given and transfers to other METRO services aren’t included.

Yes, based on the guidance below:

Service animals

You’re allowed to travel with a service animal.

Service animal means any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, and must be kept under the handler’s control.


Non-service animals
(including emotional support animals)

You’re allowed to travel with non-service animals (pets) on METRO vehicles, but they must be transported and properly restrained in an animal carrier at all times.

Rider Tools

Below are some tools to make your METRO riding experience easier and more convenient so you can drive less and do more.

Plan Your Trip

      Travel Preference

      Plan My Trip

      System Map

      Explore METRO transit services near you

      Interactive Map PDF Map

      Questions and Answers

      Valuable information to help you ride

      Find Answers

      Savings Calculator

      Compare your cost of driving vs. what it would cost to ride METRO - and see how much money you'd save each month.

      Get Started

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      ONE to Ride App

      Plan and manage your trip on METRO Local bus, Park & Ride bus, METRORail or METRORapid using an interactive map.

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