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May 2007 - Posts

Life Essentials at New Cypress Park & Ride
This summer residents of Cypress who park and ride METRO will be able to leave their car in a four-story garage - and soon, be able to also run errands and grab breakfast and dinner within walking distance of their car. Our new Cypress Park & Ride Read More...
Living Well Without a Car
To even suggest that it’s possible to live well without a car in Houston – a sprawled-out metropolis with a spaghetti bowl of freeways – sounds ludicrous at first. But a new book by a reporter and TV anchorman argues convincingly that Read More...
Yoga on Bus Number Five
While bus passengers here may feel the stress of the road, it's nothing like what Israelis experience. The Number Five bus, the 1994 target of a deadly suicide attack , runs along Dizengoff Street, often dubbed Tel Aviv's Fifth Avenue. Now passengers Read More...
Double-decker Buses in Houston
Could Houstonians find a bit of London in the Bayou City some day? John Walsh, METRO's senior director of bus maintenance, invited the manufacturer of the familiar, red double-decker bus to stop in Houston "to allow us to kick the tires, so to Read More...
Lighting the Past, Present and Future
America's first coast-to-coast railroad was built in large part by a group of immigrants who did the dirtiest and most dangerous jobs - and were paid only 60 percent of European railroad workers' wages. At its peak construction, 12,000 Chinese Read More...
Fighting Terrorism with $1.5 Million
Starting this fall, METRO bus and train operators will be better able to spot a potential terrorist who boards a bus or train - thanks to intensive anti-terrorism training they will undergo. About 2,000 METRO operators, TranStar dispatchers, front-line Read More...
Dump the Pump
In 31 days, it will officially be summertime…when the livin’ is easy and the cotton is high - and here in Houston, the start of dog days when temperatures soar to triple digits and people start planning road trips. June 21 is also a day you Read More...
Our Own Sherlock Holmes Finds Owner of Stolen Purse
Regina Wilkerson was packing her bags in her hotel room at the downtown Hyatt two days ago, preparing to fly back home to Virginia after a Houston seminar. This had been a bad trip. On Wednesday, the day she was scheduled to return home, her handbag had Read More...
Carrying Concealed Weapons on Buses & Trains
Under state law, passengers who board METRO's buses or trains can carry a concealed weapon if they hold a license to carry a concealed weapon. A blog reader recently wrote in, raising the question: Is this a good thing? About six weeks ago, a bus Read More...
Bicycling in Paris: Sexy, Chic and Cheap
Will sophisticated Parisians exchange four wheels for two? French officials hope so. Starting this summer, they will place 20,000 rental bikes across the city, making it inexpensive and convenient for residents to hop on a bike to get from here to there. Read More...
METRO's Four-Legged Cops
When police officers run after a suspect, some of them are accompanied by a cop on four legs: a police dog. METRO has a K-9 division featuring dogs that obey commands in foreign languages. The Houston Chronicle has an article today on a woman who donated Read More...
Broken and Late Buses
Today, I experienced what people who depend on METRO for "wherever life takes you" must feel when their bus is late. It is frustrating. It is maddening. To make an 8 a.m. meeting, I had to arrange for a friend to come spend the night Sunday Read More...
Life in the Fast Lane
If you're used to walking at a fast clip as you rush to work, rush to lunch and rush home, you're not alone. A new study says pedestrians worldwide are strolling at a 10 percent faster clip than 10 years ago. Research shows there's a link Read More...
Adopt-a-Stop/Adopt-a-Shelter
Tired of seeing crumpled cups and overflowing trash at the METRO bus stop in your neighborhood? Adopt a bus stop - and help us keep our neighborhoods litter-free. METRO's Adopt-a-Stop/Adopt-a-Shelter program is seeking more volunteers who will agree Read More...