Since 2003, the City of Laredo has served as an urban transit district (UTD) for the Laredo urbanized area (UZA) under Texas Transportation Code Chapter 458 and therefore receives state funding. The City of Laredo, under Chapter 453, is also a municipal transit department with a local sales tax dedicated to transit. Laredo Transit Management, Inc., known as El Metro, is a public transit provider in the UTD, providing fixed-route bus service and ADA paratransit service throughout Laredo. The service area falls entirely into Webb County, covering 99.4 percent of the population and 96.6 percent of the land area of the Laredo UZA according to the U.S. Census 2010. The rural part of Webb County is served by the El Aguila Rural Transit System of Webb County Community Action Agency.
El Metro is a department of the City of Laredo and is governed by the nine-member Laredo Mass Transit Board. The City awarded a management contract for oversight of daily El Metro operations in February 2022.
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