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September 2007 - Posts

METRO Cinema Trailer Wins Award
Academy Award winners covet their Oscar because it's a validation by their peers that their work has value. Here at METRO, we feel the same way when our work is honored with an award by our peers. On Monday, the South West Transit Association (SWTA) Read More...
Bus Marshals: Don't Mess with METRO
One of our blog readers commented yesterday that he gets around on a cane - and often people do not vacate the front seats as federal law requires. The blog reader, Bill, states: "METRO needs better security on their buses and at their bus stops. Read More...
Your iPod is About to Get Cooler
For those of you who ride the bus and plug in with an iPod, we are now working on a feature that will make your commute easier. We started a project where we are configuring our route maps so they can be downloaded on your computer and transferred to Read More...
METROLift Helps Family Reunite with Stolen Handicapped Van
It started out as a nightmare for the Bess family who lives in northeast Houston. On Monday night they went to bed. The next morning, their van was missing from their driveway. It was no ordinary van. It was customized to transport their 17-year-old daughter, Read More...
Charlie's Here! Boston's Smart Card Working Well
As a former resident of Boston, I used to buy tokens to ride the T - the nickname for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority 's century-old system with the nation's oldest subway tunnel (dedicated by President William McKinley in 1897), Read More...
How to Complain Effectively
If you're upset over a late bus, or a rude driver, you need to learn what information we need to track your concern and resolve the issue. There are two ways to lodge a complaint: via the Internet or by phone. If you're on-line, go to our Web Read More...
Explorer Bus Sells Passes to Football Fans
This Sunday, METRO's Explorer Bus will be stationed at Fannin South Park & Ride, selling round-trip rail passes to the fans parked there for the Houston Texans game. This will be the second time our Explorer Bus, a mini RideStore on wheels, has Read More...
No Surprise: Congestion Keeps Getting Worse
Anybody who has driven in Houston the past few years knows that gridlock and congestion have worsened over the years. Despite the beltway, HOV lanes and widened freeways, traffic continues to crawl. In some areas, it's as bad on weekends as it is Read More...
The Tango and the Train
METRORail has become a sex symbol. The Houston Tango Festival , a three-day festival slated for next January, has shot a promo advertising the festival, using the train at METRO. An exotic, raven-haired woman and her handsome partner meet on our platform Read More...
Out of the Office This Week
I will be out of the office the week of Sept. 10 and won't be writing posts. Be back Sept. 17 - see you then. Read More...
Tri-modal Commuter Bikes to Work for Exercise
Peter Wang, a geophysicist who lives in Copperfield, drives seven miles to a constable station, then takes his bike from his car and pedals the remaining 13 miles to his office. Enroute home, he often uses three modes of transportation: He takes the 82 Read More...
Adding Morning Trip to Cypress Park & Ride
You asked, we listened. METRO is adding a 5:15 a.m. trip to the 217, starting next Monday. Several of you have been asking for more trips on the 217 from Cypress. We added a morning trip betweem 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday. And now we're adding Read More...
Smooth Sailing as New Cypress Garage Opens
Yesterday's official opening of METRO's first Park & Ride garage met few glitches as customers drove into the four-story garage to park their vehicles before boarding a bus to downtown Houston. "From a staff perspective, we felt it went Read More...
When Two Empty Buses Show Up Together
This morning I received an e-mail and a photo from a blog reader, who invited me to post an attached picture. So here it is. He/she was upset and issued this challenge: "Post this on your worthless blog. It's a 9 followed by another 9. The first Read More...