As METRO navigates the coronavirus pandemic, bus service has been and continues to be affected daily. Because of a need to re-allocate resources, some routes have been temporarily suspended, and yet they still appear on the system map. Because of ongoing pandemic-related staff absences, bus schedules have been adjusted, particularly on weekends. To get the most accurate information, check regular bus maps and schedules first, then click here to find all of the active, ongoing service alert information tied to that route; shorter term service alerts that may also be in effect can always be found at the top of this page, in the red bar. Your patience is appreciated as we continue adjusting service in response to the pandemic. The goal is to keep essential public transit service in operation while protecting public health.
Rock Region METRO is the central Arkansas public transit system carrying more than 2.5 million passengers trips per year in the cities of Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle, Jacksonville, Sherwood and Pulaski County. It comprises three branches: METRO Local, a fixed-route bus service serving Pulaski County; METRO Streetcar, a rail system operating in Little Rock and North Little Rock; and METRO Links an on-demand paratransit service. Learn how easy it is to save money, help protect the environment, and build a stronger local economy by riding Rock Region METRO.
Each partner jurisdiction supports about Rock Region METRO through a formula that allocates expenses based on bus route miles operated within each jurisdiction. METRO Streetcar is an equal partnership among Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County. Additional revenue sources include federal formula funds, the Arkansas Public Transit Trust Fund, rider fares and miscellaneous income streams.
More than 2.5 million passenger trips were taken on METRO’s system in 2017.
Rock Region METRO employs about 200 people, including administrators, supervisors, operators, maintenance staff and customer service representatives.
1986 — Central Arkansas Transit Authority (now Rock Region METRO) is founded
1991 — Current North Little Rock Rock Region METRO Administration Office opens at 901 Maple Street
2000 — River Cities Travel Center opens at 310 East Center Street in Little Rock
2004 — River Rail (now METRO Streetcar) opens
2007 — METRO Streetcar expands
2015 — MOVE Central Arkansas Service Plan adopted
2015 — CNG fueling station and buses debut
2015 — Rock Region METRO brand adopted
2015 — Launched first universal pass program
2016 — METROtrack mobile app debuts
2016 — Awarded first-ever FTA Bus and Bus Facilities discretionary grant