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January 2007 - Posts

No WiFi Yet but There's One Real-time Chat Room
Riding the bus at 7:50 a.m. isn’t exactly a “girls’ day out” event, but you wouldn’t know that if you rode #131 and eavesdropped. Most early morning commutes from the suburbs are quiet as a funeral. No one talks, not even Read More...
HOV Lanes: No Dummies Allowed
Officer John Chaney stood next to his shiny, black Harley-Davidson police cruiser as cars and trucks zipped past us in the early morning drizzle and talked about the job he loves – and the drivers who love him back. Chaney, a METRO police officer Read More...
Countdown to the Q Card Launch Date
You’ve seen the posters on the rail and you’ve seen the brochures: The Q Card is coming. But many of you have wondered when will old passes be discontinued, replaced by the Q Card. METRO is currently testing the Q Card system to make sure Read More...
Top Ten Reasons Why METRO Needs Security Cameras on Park & Ride Lots
The post on “Using Cameras to Keep Park & Ride Lots Safe” was the second most read post and received the most comments from you - 1,279 views and 53 comments to date. So, METRO Police Chief Tom Lambert wanted to give you Top Ten Reasons why METRO Read More...
Magnetic Stripes and the Q Card
Will the computer chip in the Q Card mess up the magnetic stripes on your other credit cards if you place the Q Card next to a credit card in your wallet? No. Technologically, these chips don’t affect magnetic stripes on credit cards. One of our Read More...
They Love Us in Cypress! (so far)
On its second day of operation, the new 217 HP/Cypress Park & Ride was a resounding hit with most of its riders. It had 26 percent higher ridership- or boardings - on opening day than the previous best Park & Ride – and 232 percent more Read More...
METRO Goes Green with Hybrid Buses
Hollywood celebrities are seeing green on the road – and now more of METRO will be doing likewise. Cameron Diaz, Tom Hanks, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ed Begley Jr. are just some of the movie stars who are driving hybrid cars and using clean energy, according Read More...
King of Cheap Eats Rides the Rail to Find Lunch under $3
Catch METRO’s Red Line at noon, and catch a bite to eat. Gourmet chef and resident gastronome Bobby Moon doesn’t bother to bring his lunch to the office. Instead, Moon, METRO’s manager of audits, buys his lunch almost every day – Read More...
Answers to Your Q Card Questions
The posting on the new Q Card generated a lot of questions from you, so today’s entry will try to answer those. When you tap or flash the Q Card in front of a card reader, you’ll get an audible and visual signal that it has been read. You’ll hear a beep Read More...
METRO Launches New Cypress Park & Ride Lot
For the first time in 18 years, METRO is adding a new Park & Ride lot in the Northwest Freeway corridor. Starting Monday, the new 217 Cypress route will operate from a lot located at U.S. 290 just east of Skinner Road. See press release here . Thats Read More...
Introducing the Q Card: A Simpler Way to Pay
Starting next month, METRO will begin the rollout of the Q Card. The Q Card – which stands for “quick card” - has embedded in it a tiny computer chip and an antenna that will keep track of how much money you load onto the card and how Read More...
Rubber Sidewalks Give Commuters Comfort and Safety
Just ask any woman commuter. Stilettos and concrete are murder on your feet. Now imagine walking on downtown sidewalks that bounce as you step on them. Pedestrians in 65 cities – including Seattle , Chicago , and Baltimore , are testing these shock-absorbing Read More...
Download a Map on Your iPod
Downloading a Map on Your iPod Apple Inc. grabbed headlines this week by unveiling its annual showstopper – the sleek, features-packed iPhone – and by dropping “Computer” from its name. The iPhone is a mobile phone, a wide-screen Read More...
Using Cameras to Keep Park & Ride Lots Secure
One pair of human eyes versus 20 cameras that rotate 360 degrees. Which provides better security at METRO’s Park and Ride lots? Critics say METRO should have never removed police officers from the lots and replaced them with the $16 million communications Read More...
From Where They Sit: Bus Drivers Sound Off
While passengers complain about rude bus drivers more than any other subject, there are always two sides to a story. Drivers have a viewpoint about the passengers they carry every day, too. Meet Erick Burton, a METRO driver for eight years. “We Read More...
Smiles, Friendly Greetings, and Even a Hug From METRO Bus Driver
The second time I rode his bus, Marshall hugged me. It was my first hug from a bus driver. Marshall drives the 131 Memorial and picked me up one recent Friday at 5:25 p.m. at Lamar and Main. He wears a small gold earring in his right ear, sports short-cropped Read More...
Welcome to Our Blog
Only eight percent of Fortune 500 companies – 40 firms – have blogs as of October 2006. Worldwide, 253 chief executives or business leaders are blogging, according to Socialtext.net, a blogging Wiki. So why is METRO blogging? We think it will Read More...