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March 2008 - Posts

Last Day to Use Magnetic Striped Fare Cards
Today is the last day to use any magnetic striped fare cards. If you still have a balance on one, you have a few more hours to get to one of our RideStores (1900 Main St. and 1001 Travis St.) to transfer the balance to a Q Card. Starting tomorrow, everyone Read More...
Next Web Chat: Hot Lanes & Airport Express Bus
It's time for Transit Talk , our lunchtime Web chat with METRO executives. Our next chat is scheduled for Wednesday, April 2, from noon to 1 p.m. Once again, we are expecting our president and CEO, Frank J. Wilson, to host the chat. This month's Read More...
Sunshine & Jobs Give Houston Fourth Fastest Growth Rate
On a beautiful day like today, with the temperature at a balmy 75 degrees, it's easy to see why Houston has captured the fourth spot on the nation's Top Ten fastest growing cities. A report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau says that eight Read More...
New Bus Route to Texas Medical Center?
A blog reader recently wrote in and asked: “Is it possible to have bus service to the Texas Medical Center from the northwest side? There are many, many TMC workers who would really appreciate this.” This reader is right. The world’s Read More...
Six More Days to Transfer Balances
If you haven't transferred your balance yet from any striped magnetic fare media, you have six more days to do so. After March 31, you will no longer be able to transfer balances. You can transfer balances at our RideStores at 1900 Main St. or 1001 Read More...
Digging a Subway in Rome: Ancient Treasures Mean Countless Delays
Building five light-rail lines in Houston by the year 2012 is an ambitious project - but compared to what Rome is encountering trying to build its third subway line, our project must seem like a piece of cake. The Italian capital - home to 2.8 million Read More...
METRO Matters: Decision Makers Offer Inside Scoop
It's called METRO Matters - and it's a new way for us to communicate with you. A mini-talk show, METRO Matters will feature key METRO decision makers, discussing some of the major initiatives we're embarking on. The 15-minute show will air Read More...
Keeping Our Bus & Train Seats Clean
The Chicago Transit Authority recently spent $6,000 on a gum-cleaning machine that uses steam to zap gum off cloth seats and carpet in five seconds. The machine, manufactured by GumBusters of New York, replaces hand scraping with a knife that can take Read More...
Survey Shows Satisfied Grand Parkway Riders
A recently completed survey METRO conducted of our 222 Grand Parkway customers showed that 91 percent of the respondents were either completely or mostly satisfied with service on this route. And that response - from 216 of 237 respondents - came on a Read More...
METRO CEO to Speak at Starbucks Breakfast Series
If you work or live downtown, save Thursday morning to sip some java, enjoy some pastries and hear our president and CEO, Frank J. Wilson, give a sneak preview on how mass transit will affect your life in the future. As part of the Starbucks Breakfast Read More...
Sleek Trains and Cowboys Attract International TV Crew
The allure of the Texas cowboy drew Cynthia Hsieh and her TV crew from their studios on the other side of the world to Houston. Today, producer Hsieh and her Taiwn-based crew rode METRORail, taping shots on the train from Downtown Transit Center to the Read More...
FTA Leader Urges Market-based Solutions
The coffers that feed transportation projects across our nation are drying up. That was the warning of the top administrator of the Federal Transit Administration at a speech last Friday at the First Transportation Convention in Washington, D.C. The Highway Read More...
More Americans Riding Public Transit
More Americans are riding public transit than ever before. In fact, last year Americans took 10.3 billion trips on public transit. That’s the highest level in 50 years and a 2.1 percent increase over the year before, says the American Public Transportation Read More...
Riding the Red Line to Ancient Treasures
Like Houston, the ancient city of Pompeii was a busy, sophisticated port city. Back in A.D. 79, shops and taverns dotted narrow stone streets and a new aqueduct system furnished water to the city's fountains and most homes. The River Oaks equivalents Read More...
A Teen-ager Who's Wild About Transit
Meet Barrett Ochoa. At first glance, he looks like an ordinary 13-year-old on vacation in Houston from his home in Lufkin where he's on spring break. But talk to Ochoa, and you'll soon find out he's no ordinary kid. Ochoa's passion is Read More...
Transferring Balances at Corporations
Good news for some employees of corporations that offer subsidized METRO rides: We have started going out to corporations to transfer balances to the Q Card. Yesterday, we transferred hundreds of balances on striped magnetic cards to Q Cards at Center Read More...
Amtrak Starts Random Screenings
While most of us are used to airport security screenings that involve tossing water bottles out and removing shoes and belts, rail passengers are not. But Amtrak has recently started random screenings of passengers' carry-on bags. This security effort Read More...
Public Art: What Do You Think?
Art that exists in public space has a design challenge. Not only must it survive the elements of weather - and in Houston that means, long, humid summers and an annual hurricane season - it must also be integrated into a community so that it mirrors both Read More...