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April 2007 - Posts

Like the Maytag Repair Guy....Seattle's Maintenance Crew Has Little to Fix on its Hybrid Buses
Seattle has the nation's largest fleet of hybrid buses powered by GM Allison with 232 buses on its roads. It's the same system METRO is using. If you want to find out more how King County Metro Transit Agency (which includes Seattle) likes its Read More...
Fueling Our Fleet in the Future
Occasionally, we publish guest posts from readers who are either experts in their field or have a compelling point of view we think you'd be interested in. Today's post is from Peter Wang , a geophysicist who has worked in the oil industry in Read More...
METRO's Cultural Connections
Books and buses are a natural fit. For me, one of the best things about riding public transit is the chance to catch up on my reading. Now METRO has made its link to reading and books formal by partnering with The Big Read , a community-wide reading program Read More...
Hybrid Buses: How They Work
By now, you may have noticed our sleek new hybrid buses rolling along the streets of Houston. An easy way to recognize them: Look for the "smiley face" on the front. A curved line that appears as an upturned mouth makes it appear as if the hybrid Read More...
Shifting Gears: Bike Racks on Buses (Finally!)
Jeff Harmon rides his bike 12 blocks from his downtown residence to his office every day. The accountant dropped by METRO today to check out our new bike racks that are currently on 30 of our new hybrid buses and by year's end, on all our local buses. Read More...
Respecting the Handicapped & Their Space
Yesterday returning from lunch, I noticed a strapping young man blithely eating a hamburger while sitting on the handicapped bench on the train coming from Main Street Square to Downtown Transit. A man who had had his legs amputated rolled his wheelchair Read More...
Houston: City of the Future
"No city can be a great city without the presence of a great university." Those were the words of David Leebron, keynote speaker today at the annual luncheon of The Center for Houston's Future , a think tank that leads strategic regional Read More...
How METRO Chose Its Suitor for Biggest Contract in History
When METRO announced back in January it had chosen Washington Group International as the company with whom we will negotiate a potentially $1 billion project, that decision was backed by months of careful analysis. METRO's evaluation team - 29 total Read More...
METRO Responds to Richmond Rail Legal Action
Every once in a while, we will feature guest bloggers on this site. On April 11, legal action was filed against METRO on METRO Solutions and the 2003 Referendum. Here's a post from Sandra Aponte Salazar, communications supervisor of METRO Solutions: Read More...
Keeping the Air We Breathe Cleaner
Just how clean is the air we breathe in Houston? Today our air was rated code green or "good," as measured by the Air Quality Index , a rating system by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that measures five major pollutants and assigns Read More...
Help Shape Houston to Be a Great Place to Live
Whenever anyone mentions a vacation destination, Houston rarely comes up. Yes, the living is cheap here...but we don't have sandy beaches, mountains, and waterfront vistas. Instead, we have billboards and concrete and no-zoning laws that allow a topless Read More...
Light Rail Poses No Danger to TxDot Bridges
A reader of this blog has raised the question of whether stray current from our light rail system has had any detrimental effects on Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) overpass structures. The independent report from V&A Consulting Engineers Read More...
Manners & Blogs: An Oxymoron?
Can the blogosphere encourage good manners from bloggers with a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval system? Two prominent bloggers are trying to improve the quality of dialogue and encourage good manners from bloggers by proposing a code of conduct, asking Read More...
Calling All Q Card Boosters: We Need More
Want to be a trendsetter and use the Q Card before all your friends do? Here's your chance. We're recruiting more Q Card Boosters - 2,000 more. You'll get a chance to help us test the system and work out any glitches. And you'll get a Read More...
Bus Mechanics Give Bikes for Kids in the Nickel
What kid doesn't dream of owning his own bike? If you live in the Nickel, though, that dream could be as impossible as buying a flight to the moon. The Nickel, is a nickname for Houston's Fifth Ward, an economically disadvantaged neighborhood. Read More...
Fragrance Foils Bus Passenger
Our top complaint from passengers is rude bus drivers. But be glad you're not riding the buses in Ottawa, Canada. A woman wearing Very Irresistable Givenchy perfume was kicked off the bus last week by an irate driver who refused to drive until the Read More...
Train Observations from a Passenger
Mark Mays has been riding the METRORail since its inception in January 2004. He rides every day, five days a week to his job downtown. A few days ago, he e-mailed me his thoughts on riding the train and included some constructive criticism. I thought Read More...
See the Possibilities, Catch the Growth
If you're a small business owner, here's a chance to find out how your firm can participate in potentially $350 million worth - or more - of work METRO is about to launch. It will cost an estimated $1.2 billion to build the METRO Solutions 2 Guide Read More...