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December 2007 - Posts

Q Card Confusion? Read This For Answers
The post I wrote last Friday generated a lot of questions from our readers, so here are some answers to help clear up any confusion. Q: How do I transfer balances on stored value cards to Q Cards? A: To transfer balances, you must come to our administrative Read More...
Long Lines at Ride Stores Based on Rumors
Our Ride Store staff is telling us lines are snaking out the doors with people lined up to get their Q Cards. While we're pleased that more of you are obtaining your free Q Card and loading the card with money, today is not the deadline to get your Read More...
Fiesta Grocery Stores Are Q Card Ready
If you live near a Fiesta Mart grocery store around Houston, there's good news for you. Effective today, all 36 of the international food stores have free Q Cards to dispense and the equipment and trained personnel to add money to your Q Card. Look Read More...
A Basic Primer on the Q Card
In five days, METRO will officially launch its new fare structure, and is reminding customers to get their Q Cards. The Q Card stands for "quick card," and the computer chip embedded in the credit-card sized plastic card will make boarding our Read More...
Bus Drivers Respond to Yuletide Jeers
In this season of goodwill and glad tidings, the Houston Chronicle published a lead story last Saturday with the headline: "It's Yuletide Jeers From Metro Riders." Basically, the story reported that complaints rose 28 percent in fiscal year Read More...
METRO Orders Next Generation Hybrid Buses
Bus riders, take note: Our fleet of buses will soon become greener, cleaner and quieter. METRO continues its lead in being a transit agency committed to reducing pollution with its two recent orders. Last month, we ordered 52 diesel-electric hybrid buses Read More...
More Americans Are Riding Light Rail
More people across America are taking public transit. That's according to the latest research by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). And what mode of transportation experienced the biggest growth? Light rail. Light rail increased Read More...
Cleaning Up the Yellow Buses
While METRO is trying to do its parts to keep the air cleaner by gradually switching to hybrid buses, there are still about 8,000 buses rambling on our city roads, belching lots of contaminants into the air. They are the yellow school buses our children Read More...
Partnership of METRO and HCC Yields State-of-the-Art Emergency Training Facility
While businesses forge joint ventures frequently to build on each other's strengths, it's still uncommon for public agencies in different industries to form partnerships. But today at a press conference at Houston Community College's Northeast Read More...
Most Walkable Cities in America
How do you think the nation's fourth largest city ranks among walkable cities in the United States? In my neighborhood where there are no sidewalks and where major construction is underway for new sewer pipes, I can barely walk the dog and must negotiate Read More...
Converting Your Car to a Greener, Cleaner Machine
If a hybrid car appeals to you for environmental reasons, yet you're not ready to buy a new car, there's a way you can still shrink your carbon footprint with your present car. Did you know you can buy a do-it-yourself kit that converts your gas-fueled Read More...
Improving the Train: Let Us Count the Ways
A blog reader recently asked if we could open up a topic of discussion on how we can improve the train. So I thought I'd go to two METRO employees who are rail experts: Scott Grogan, director of rail maintenance/operations and Duane Sayers, superintendent Read More...
And the Winner Is....Vanpool Brand Finalists
One of the following nine names will be the new METRO regional vanpool brand. After much analysis and evaluation, the selection committee has winnowed the hundreds of names down to nine finalists - and you can help pick the winner. We'd like your Read More...
No More Honor System for Los Angeles Transit System
If you ride the train in Los Angeles, passengers practice the honor system, just as we do in Houston. Riders buy tickets and get on the train. If a sheriff’s deputy or civilian inspector asks for the ticket, passengers must produce them. But after Read More...