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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO) has reached its 40th anniversary.The Houston agency launched operations in January 1979 with only 400 buses. Now, it manages a multimodal transit system featuring three light-rail lines totaling 22.7 miles, a bus network with more than 1,200 vehicles, paratransit services and 27 park-and-ride facilities, METRO officials said in a press release.Over the past 40 years, the agency has provided 3.5 billion rides, including 116 million in 2018."The great strength of this agency is not the technology. It's not the buses on the road. It's not the trains on the road. It's the people," said METRO President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Lambert. "So, I'm extremely proud to be part of this organization." METRO plans to release a series of 40 short videos throughout the year that highlight the agency's accomplishments over the past four decades. Below is the first video.