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August 2007 - Posts

Bus Etiquette: After you, Ma'am
I've ridden the buses long enough now to know the tactics people use when they don't want a seat mate: Sit on the aisle seat and place a bag on the adjacent window seat. Or sit on the aisle seat and sprawl or slouch so you take up more space. Read More...
Starting Your Day with Starbucks & Newsmakers
For business people who want to be in the know, there's a new morning forum you can attend - while you sip your Starbucks. The Starbucks Breakfast Speaker Series launched last month with its inaugural speaker - Jamey Rootes, president of the Houston Read More...
Public Hearing Attracts Speakers with Wide Range of Issues on Richmond Rail
Yesterday was an afternoon for METRO to listen. More than 80 people spoke for two minutes each - everyone from a university student to small business owners to moms. The public hearing at the South Main Baptist Church began at 2 p.m. and ended four hours Read More...
Cypress P&R Garage to Open Next Week
Good news for Cypress commuters: Starting Tuesday, Sept. 4, the new four-story Park & Ride garage is scheduled to open. METRO's first joint transit-oriented development, the 1,500-space garage will be a part of a mixed-use project called Cypress Read More...
Rice University Students Ride the Rail to Explore City Life
Yesterday, about 950 Rice University students descended on METRO's rail platforms to explore what Houston offers along the METRORail. Rice issues Q Cards to all its students and subsidizes their transportation on METRO. "It's all part of Read More...
Helping Small Businesses Win Contracts
Donald Davis leaned forward and listened intently. A small business owner with a 2-year-old telecommunications firm, Davis was eager to learn how to do business with METRO, as it prepares for its design/build phase of METRO Solutions - a huge $2-billion Read More...
Another Good Reason to Commute
Here's one more reason to commute or carpool to work: We live in the most expensive city in the nation to drive to work. Forbes.com reports that driving to work costs more in Houston than any other major city, followed by Cleveland and Detroit. In Read More...
Preparing for Dean's Destruction
With Hurricane Dean barreling at 21 miles per hour through the Caribbean toward the Gulf of Mexico, Houstonians today need to heed county and city officials' advice: Get ready. Yesterday's deluge from Tropical Storm Erin flooded streets, disrupted Read More...
Leave the Car at Home or Drive to Work? Tax Breaks for Both Give Mixed Message
The Department of Transportation last week announced $848 million in grants to five cities as an incentive to encourage people to leave their cars at home. In some cases, this is being done by charging new fees or tolls to drivers. In New York - one of Read More...
Art Crawl on the Red Line
This Saturday, stay cool by riding the Red Line to explore Houston's rich and diverse museums. It's Museum District Day on Aug. 18 when 14 museums will offer free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Of course, the major ones are involved, including Read More...
Lucy on the Rail with Diamonds
If you ride the train today, you'll notice something different: an eye-catching decal on the outside of Lucy, the oldest and best preserved skeleton of any erect-walking human ancestor ever discovered. The shrink-wrapped train is promoting The Houston Read More...
Stray Current Not a Danger on Red Line
Just how dangerous is stray current on METRORail? In the past 18 months, METRO and Siemens have worked together to resolve and mitigate the stray current issue. It's important to note that METRO set very high standards for the manufacturer to meet Read More...
Study Supports METRO's Proposed University Light Rail Corridor
A hefty federal document released last week brings light rail to the University Corridor one step closer. The long-awaited environmental impact study confirms METRO's analysis last December when it whittled the proposed routes to three from nine. Read More...
Weekend Bikes on Buses
Good news for weekend bikers: If you're up early before the oppressive summer heat blankets the city, and you want to ride some trails, now you can take your bicycle wherever METRO goes. Starting this weekend, you'll be able to mount your bike Read More...
Unity Day: Celebrating Houston’s Diversity
Starting next Monday, you'll have a chance to sample Houston's varied cultures at community centers around the city, capped by Unity Day on Saturday, Aug. 18, where you will be able to enjoy a diverse display of arts and entertainment at Miller Read More...
Our apologies: E-mail Snafus Yesterday
If you sent a comment yesterday, we may not have received it. We had problems with our server all day. Sorry for the inconvenience. Everything is working now, so please re-send. We'd love to hear from you! Read More...
Smart Card for Small Businesses
As METRO starts pre-construction on its $1.2 billion project to build five guided rapid transit corridors and an Intermodal Terminal, the agency is doing all it can to encourage and equip small businesses to participate in the project. Every small business Read More...
Preventing Crime with Neighborhood Parties
There is girls' night out, parents' night out....and now there's National Night Out 2007 . It's a nationwide block party in which organizers want you to get out on your front porch, share cookies and lemonade and get to know your neighbors. Read More...
Seniors Get Q-Card Ready
Two days ago, 27 good-looking seniors dressed in their Sunday best came to the RideStore to get their pictures taken. Those age 70 years and older, received their new Q Card with their picture on the back. Those seniors who were 62 to 69 received an orange-and-white Read More...