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March 2007 - Posts

Barbeque Cook-off Winners
Barbeque is big in the Lone Star State - and here at METRO, we have some serious barbeque experts. Some have competed in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's cook-off, a prestigious competition. Last Saturday, at our annual Bus and Rail Rodeo Read More...
Murder on a METRO Bus
Just how safe is it to ride our buses and trains? Yesterday, two men crossed words and after an angry exchange, one allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the other one dead. It's particularly scary if you're a commuter. And more so if it's in Read More...
Jurors Still Get Free Rides on METRO
If you're selected for jury duty, in most cases, you have no choice but to show up. Until recently, METRO offered free rides on its buses and trains for those on jury duty. But when our board voted to restructure our fares in September 2006, free Read More...
METRO Rodeo Winners Use Skill, Wit to Capture Titles
While the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo wrapped up a few weeks ago, METRO employees and their families competed in a different type of rodeo last Saturday. Instead of bulls and broncos, the competition involved buses and rail. And there was something Read More...
Rodeo Helps METRO Achieve Record Ridership
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is one of the world's most prestigious and richest rodeos with first-rate entertainment and prizes that totaled $748,000 last year. Thousands of people slip on their cowboy boots and hats to watch the action. This Read More...
Knowledge, Access, Power: It's Free
If you own a small business and have always wondered how to crack the code when it comes to winning contracts with government agencies, you won't want to miss a must-do conference launching this Sunday at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Government Read More...
Minding Your Manners on the Train
Anyone who rides the METRORail regularly has probably encountered the sea of faces standing right in front of the sliding doors, blocking your path as you try to get off the train. It's a pet peeve of many who ride the rail. Good manners seem like Read More...
Census of Our Riders Begins Today
Starting today, some of you will be seeing people decked in white METRO t-shirts and orange safety vests, passing out surveys, on the bus. This is a census we're taking of our bus and train riders - a snapshot of who our riders are and where they're Read More...
Hot Town, Cool City
Ask someone where she's going on vacation, and Houston is never picked as a destination city. You only go there if you've got to make the annual trek to visit your parents - or if you're on business. But a new film wants to change that. HotTown, Read More...
Slimming Down the Workforce...Literally
We live in a state where we like to brag that everything is bigger and better. But when it comes to health, bigger isn't necessarily better. Texas has one of the highest rates of obesity - along with nearby Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. And Read More...
A Tunnel Becomes a Video Wall for San Francisco Train Commuters
This morning, commuters going into downtown San Francisco toward the East Bay looked out the window and instead of seeing a dark tunnel wall, they saw a 15-second mini-movie advertisement. San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District ( BART ) launched Read More...
HP/Cypress Park & Ride Survey Results
Those of you who ride our new service from HP/Cypress Park & Ride may remember filling out a survey last month. Julie Fernandez, manager of strategic analysis at METRO, has evaluated the results. Here's what she found: 27% of riders are completely Read More...
Giving Hope & a Bus to Bonita House of Hope
These are the children who live in Bonita House of Hope on Parker Road. There are no street lights and no sidewalks along a stretch of Parker going east toward Jensen. For the 170 women and children who live in Bonita House of Hope, walking three-quarters Read More...
Beware the Novice: Turning a Bus into a Bucking Bronco
Two national champion bus operators did their best yesterday to teach me how to navigate METRO's obstacle course for bus drivers, a practice run for the annual Bus Operators Rodeo. On March 24, we'll stage our rodeo for employees who will compete Read More...
Bad Translations
If you've done much traveling abroad, you've likely run across bad translations. Want to read really bad translations - and funny ones, too? Check out Engrish.com . It's a Web site dedicated to capturing humorous mis-translations in Japanese Read More...
Zoo Offers Discount for METRO Riders
If the beautiful, balmy weather holds up next week during spring break, you can count on hundreds of school kids taking a walk on the wild side at the Houston Zoo. Anyone who's ever tried to go to the zoo on the weekend on sunny, but-not-too-humid Read More...
North Corridor Construction Expected To Start in July
In four months, construction is scheduled to begin on the North Corridor, one of four transit lines that is part of a transit system approved by voters in November 2003. The North Corridor is one of four corridors that will make up 21 miles of fixed-guideway Read More...
Your Guide to HOV Lanes, Ramps and Facilities
Hot off the press: METRO has just produced a 14-page, color brochure that covers everything you want to know about our HOV Lanes. Created by METRO's graphic designer Sheila Robbins, the brochure talks about laws of the lane, types of ramps and lists Read More...
Getting to Yes
Every month, 26 employees are invited to lunch with Frank on the 14 th floor in a cavernous room called Fellowship Hall. The 14 th floor is the top floor of METRO's administrative offices - and it's where Frank Wilson, President & CEO of METRO, Read More...