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July 2007 - Posts

Discover Houston Riding the Rail
If you're a native Houstonian like I am, your eyes may glaze over as you ride the Red Line, passing by the all-so-familiar landmarks. But take a peak inside a new guide book by veteran tour guide, Sandra Lord, and you're likely to uncover fun Read More...
Cameras at Park & Ride Lots Capture Crime
Just how effective is the eye that never sleeps? Since February of this year, we have had 354 cameras in our 26 Park & Ride lots. Although METRO police are still learning how to use these cameras as a tool to catch the bad guys, so far the initial Read More...
METRO's New Guide to Hurricane Emergencies
Although we made it one-third into the official Atlantic hurricane season with only rain, we still face the most active month ahead - September. To better prepare both METRO employees and the public for disasters, we've created a Web site at http://www.metroresponds.org/ Read More...
Red Hot Art to Jazz Up Your Lunch Hour
If you're tired of the same old, same old at lunch time, why not hop on the Red Line to catch some red hot art at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston . One of my colleagues does this regularly - and reports she's able to take in an exhibit during Read More...
A Lost & Found Employee Who Doesn't Give Up
It was an ordinary work day for Virginia Hickey, but her dedication to thoroughness created an extraordinary day for a stranger who would soon cross paths. Hickey, team leader of the Ride Store and Lost & Found who has worked at METRO for 18 years, Read More...
Paying to Drive in the Faster Lane
The Wall Street Journal last week reported that since London starting charging drivers a £8 fee - about $16 - to drive in central London during certain hours on weekdays, the result has reduced traffic, encouraged residents to use public transit, Read More...
METRO Officials Do Ride the Train
For those of you who have wondered if METRO officials ever ride the train, here's proof. I was returning to the office from lunch, and ran into these four standing on the platform. I happened to have my camera in my purse and snapped some photos. Read More...
What We're Doing to Protect Bus Drivers
When two assaults occur on our Bus Operators within three days, it's a sign that we need to do more to make our system safer. "I think it's coincidental...but nonetheless, unacceptable. One assault is too many," said Tim Kelly, METRO's Read More...
Crime Stoppers Hikes Reward to Catch Rapist
Crime Stoppers today wants to send a message: Give them information leading to the arrest of the man who raped a METRO bus driver on July 15, and get a reward of up to $25,000. The organization increased its reward from $5,000, hoping that more money Read More...
Japan to Launch First Hybrid Train
Japan has long been known for its technological innovations. Whether it's expanded text-messaging capabilities or embedding global positioning systems into cell phones, the Japanese typically surpass American technology. It's no exception when Read More...
Latest Composite of Rape Suspect
Here's the latest composite we have of the suspect who raped a METRO bus driver early Sunday morning. If you have any information, please call us at #MPD (#673) or Crime Stoppers at 731-220-TIPS. Read More...
All-Hands Effort to Nab Rape Suspect
By now, many of you have probably heard or read on the news that a METRO Bus Operator was raped at gunpoint around 6 a.m. on Sunday in Southwest Houston. Be assured that METRO police is using its full resources and manpower to catch and arrest the suspect, Read More...
Ride the Bus, Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
A week ago, an international event billed as the world's biggest party raised awareness of global warming. More than 10 million people watched the Live Earth event on streaming video - celebrity-studded concerts held on 7/7/07 from Shanghai to London Read More...
Our Gift to You
Sunday, July 8, marked the sixth-month anniversary of our blog. As far as we can tell, we are still the only transit agency with an official blog. Some of you have mentioned that it's too hard to comment on our blog. I agree. So here's our gift Read More...
Kudos for New System Map with Tips to Tweak It
Those of you who have seen our new system map, now available at our RideStores (behind the counter - you have to ask for one), will see some welcomed changes. Christof Spieler, a practicing structural engineer in Houston and a board member of a grassroots Read More...
METRO Increases Security as Holiday Approaches
Starting tomorrow, you'll see men and women in white uniforms working side-by-side with METRO police on our rail platforms, trains and buses. It's all part of our increased security in response to last weekend's attempted car bombings in London Read More...