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October 2007 - Posts

Trick or Treat: Now You See It, Now You Don't
Look at your watch. Now wait five minutes. A vehicle has just been stolen in Texas. Stolen cars is a huge transit issue. For our Park & Ride customers who leave their cars behind all day while they ride a METRO express bus to downtown, knowing their Read More...
Object of Desire
Finally. We have something of which Austinites are jealous. Texas Monthly ’s Suzy Banks plays tourist in Houston and writes about her experience in the November issue of the magazine. Even though we only have one 7.5-mile Red Line - going from downtown Read More...
A Moving Experience at The Wall
A replica of the most viewed monument in Washington, D.C., has arrived in Houston - and METRO is helping the public see it by offering a free shuttle this weekend. The Wall , a granite horizontal monument with names engraved on it of veterans who died Read More...
Whoops! I Forgot the Baby....
Most of the time, people turn in cell phones, wallets, keys and eyeglasses to our Lost & Found department. Every once in a while, someone turns in something really unusual - a cooler full of lab samples (urine) or false teeth or a prosthetic leg. Read More...
METRO Partners with Houston Grand Opera
Will it ever feel like home in Houston ? If I'm here, how can I help my people? But America lets you be part of everything. This is the libretto of a new opera scheduled to make its debut on Nov. 10. The Refuge is a musical work of individual stories Read More...
Slowin' Down and Feelin' Happy
If you're used to speeding on the HOV lanes, you'll need to slow down. Last Saturday, METRO changed the traffic signs - alerting drivers that the new speed was changing to 65 miles per hour from 70 miles per hour. Why the slowdown? The METRO Police Read More...
Sidewalk Compass Decals Help Commuters Navigate City
If you've ever stepped off the Red Line and wondered in which direction to walk to get where you need to be, you can imagine trying to find your way after emerging from underground. Now subway riders in midtown Manhattan have new directional compass Read More...
The Five-Year Countdown: How METRO Plans to Meet its Deadline
METRO's decision yesterday to build light rail on all five lines, instead of Bus Rapid Transit with a later conversion to light rail, represents a hugely ambitious goal. We've said we would deliver all that by the end of 2012 - along with an Intermodal Read More...
METRO Board Chooses University Corridor Alignment, Plus Light Rail Immediately for All Five Lines
In a board room packed with media and the public, the METRO board this afternoon voted for an alignment along the University corridor that was not exactly what anyone was expecting. At issue was the segment east of Main Street. Instead of the three rail Read More...
Throw Up on the Bus? Here’s the Clean-Up Bill
If you're a college student at George Washington University, be careful how much you drink. The Washington Post reports that students who over imbibe and then vomit on the Vern Express could be fined $200 or $300 to clean up the mess. It also added Read More...
Important Rail Decisions at Next Board Meeting
On Thursday, METRO conducts one of its most important board meetings. The board of directors is scheduled to vote on the Locally Preferred Alternatives (LPA) for METRO Solutions. Translation: The board will decide on what streets the University Line will Read More...
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
METRO Transit Television ( MTTV ) debuted on our Web site this past February. Using video clips to communicate with the public is not unique to METRO. Other agencies are using the same medium to get the message across. Take, for example, Los Angeles. Read More...
Honor System on the Rail
A blog reader recently asked why METRO never installed turnstiles on the Red Line and wondered if we had plans to do so on our future rail lines. Jim Gast, a project director and architect in METRO's planning, engineering and construction department, Read More...
Going Green on Cross-Country Trips
Not all mass transit reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Take commercial flights, for example. Airplanes contribute about 3 percent of the world's total emissions. That's a small but still notable contribution to the global warming effect triggered Read More...
You Can Download Maps Now
Now you can download our bus route maps on your iPod. We blogged about this several weeks ago - now it's ready to go. You simply transfer the map into your photo library the way you would any other photo, using Apple iTunes. If you're on the go Read More...
Who Sets Rates at Fannin South Park & Ride?
A blog reader asked recently about the rate structure at the Fannin South Park & Ride and METRO's business relationship with Ampco System Parking , a subsidiary of ABM Industries Inc. METRO owns the property. Ampco leases it from METRO, paying Read More...
Instant Alerts Help Plugged-in Commuters
For commuters, getting real-time information about traffic delays or late buses or trains is a godsend. If a bus or train is 15 minutes late, many commuters will change their travel plans or stay at the office longer. In the New York/New Jersey area, Read More...
Complete Streets Keep People Walking, Cars Moving
Unless you live downtown, walking to the store - or dry cleaners - or bookstore - is not the norm in Houston. Most of us hop in our cars to run our errands. The reason: Our streets simply aren't very walkable. A new movement that is slowly catching Read More...
More Commuters Using Public Transportation
More people are taking public transportation this year than last with commuter rail seeing the highest rate of growth. That's according to a survey released today by the American Public Transportation Association , a trade organization that advocates Read More...
No More Life in the Fast Lane for Single Drivers
If you are one of the 2,000 who received a decal giving you special permission to zip through an HOV lane as a single driver on Highway 290, those days of driving in the fast lane are over. Starting this week, METRO police officers will be ticketing anyone Read More...
METRO Mounts Bike Racks Months Before Deadline
METRO promised last April it would outfit all of its 762 buses with bike racks by year end. We beat the deadline by three months. "The vendor came in earlier and completed the installation of the brackets sooner than we had anticipated," said Read More...
Baytown Express Park & Ride Debuts Smoothly
Going from Baytown to downtown Houston just got easier this morning, thanks to METRO and Harris County's sponsorship of the Baytown Express Park & Ride . The first Park & Ride bus rolled into the parking lot of the San Jacinto Mall at 6:05 Read More...