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February 2008 - Posts

Levitating Train Competes with Rival Project
A magnetic levitation train that would rapidly transport tourists from Disneyland to Las Vegas is now facing a competing train project that would be a cheaper, diesel-electric alternative. For almost 20 years, plans called for the nation's first maglev Read More...
Blue Ticket Vending Machines
If you ride the rail, you've noticed our newly wrapped Ticket Vending Machines (TVM) on our 16 rail platforms. We've completed installation of TVMs - you may have noticed workers in the past few weeks carefully adhering the blue plastic skin on Read More...
No More Paper Transfers after Friday
After this Friday, METRO will be no longer issue paper transfers to our passengers. Starting March 1, riders will get free transfers only if they use a Q Card to pay for their trips. With a Q Card, passengers will get up free transfers within a two-hour Read More...
More People are Riding METRO
Our ridership continues to grow at a healthy clip. We experienced a 14.6 percent increase in riders last month, compared to January 2007. Boardings climbed 15.6 percent for Park & Ride buses and 13.4 percent for METRORail in January 2008 compared Read More...
Next Stop for Bus Travelers: METRO
When out of town visitors first arrive in Houston from the Greyhound bus station, they may be unfamiliar with local transit. Now these tourists can easily find information about METRO's bus and train system. Last week, METRO installed an information Read More...
METRO's Marketing Team Wins ADDY Awards
The ADDY Awards , one of the world's biggest and possibly most competitive advertising contest, receives more than 60,000 entries worldwide. METRO has garnered one of those awards - the Silver ADDY Award - for the creation of the Lucy poster. The Read More...
Inspecting Our Rails
Call it the annual rite of spring. Every year - in either March, April or May - METRO tests our 7.5-mile railroad track with a device called a track geometry vehicle. This machine glides along the rails and employs ultrasonic testing to discover cracks Read More...
A Few Hints on the Q Card
Now that it’s been six weeks since we’re officially launched the Q Card, here are a few pointers about using it. First, please try to use one Q Card exclusively for your travel. Some of you are picking up a Q Card at Fiesta, for example, putting Read More...
How Much Does “Free” Cost?
Yesterday's Houston Chronicle featured an article in Outlook , pointing out that eliminating fares on METRO buses would actually cost Houston its rail future. "That is a bad bargain," wrote Carroll G. Robinson, chairman of the city 's Read More...
Transcript of Today's Web Chat
Our second lunchtime Web chat with Frank J. Wilson, our CEO and president, focused exclusively on METRO Solutions. We recorded 51 users. To those who particpated, we hope you found this useful and informative. If you missed it, here's the transcript. Read More...
Two Awards Recognize METRO's Leadership & Preparedness
METRO received top honors Monday when the Transportation Security Administration recognized both our transit security system and our chief of police, Tom Lambert, for his excellent work. The first award - called "Carrier of Distinction" - placed Read More...
“Family Rooms” on Wheels Endanger Our Roads
Drivers have always had to deal with distractions when behind the steering wheel. Always in a hurry, morning commuters can be seen putting on makeup, drinking coffee, chatting on cell phones, even reading documents in between stoplights. But now Detroit Read More...
Lunchtime Web Chat This Friday
This Friday, February 15, you'll have a chance to chat with METRO during your lunchtime. We promised you monthly Web chats - and exactly one month ago today, we launched Transit Talk , where 64 of you logged on to the conversation. Our second monthly Read More...
Tax Benefits for Using Public Transit
Starting in January, tax benefits for using public transit just got better for employee and employer. Companies can give their employees tax-free transit commuter benefits up to $115 a month, up from $110 last year. Unfortunately, the federal government Read More...
Looking for Some Good Women and Men
If you love interacting with the public, enjoy working outside an office and want a part-time job that offers paid holidays, consider becoming a METRO bus operator. If you know anyone who fits that description, pass the word. METRO is hiring part-time Read More...
Another Location to Transfer Balances
If you still have balances on your Stored Value Cards or monthly passes, you can now transfer those balances to a Q Card at our RideStore at 1001 Travis. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. In addition to the Travis location, you can still Read More...
Soccer Fans Can Ride the Rail
Tomorrow night, more than 60,000 soccer fans will descend upon Reliant Stadium to watch a hotly contested match between The U.S. Soccer Men's National Team and the Mexico national soccer team . U.S. fans are hoping the USA national team scores its Read More...
Keeping Our Kids Safe: Stop, Look, Listen
As parents, the commands to our kids roll off like well-worn mantras when it comes to safety: Seatbelts on? Look to the right and to the left before you cross the street. Only cross at crosswalks. Now, METRO wants to make sure that children - from pre-kindergartners Read More...
Lobby Transfers Speed Up Wait Time
Starting today, METRO has set up operations in the RideStore lobby at 1900 Main St. specifically to transfer balances from Stored Value Cards to Q Cards. Around 12:30 p.m., the line was moving briskly with an average wait time of three minutes. Roshan Read More...