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May 2008 - Posts

Chief Tom Lambert to Host Next Web Chat
Our next monthly Web chat will be hosted by Chief Tom Lambert next Tuesday, June 3. The chat, from noon to 1 p.m., will be open to any questions on safety and security in our METRO system or anything over which the METRO Police Department has jurisdiction. Read More...
Get Bus and Subway Directions on the Go
If you're gearing up for summer travel, here's a way to use mass transit and not get lost. Log on to HopStop.com , type in your starting point and destination and almost instantly, you'll get detailed directions on how to get there via bus Read More...
Vanpools Growing at METRO
With gas prices climbing steadily and reaching $4 a gallon, more people are sharing a ride to work with vanpooling. In the past two months, METRO has added more than 30 vanpool routes to its Star vanpool program, giving us 656 vanpools and 7,139 riders, Read More...
Some Answers to Fourth Web Chat Questions
During our fourth Web chat on May 2 with Frank J. Wilson, our president and CEO, several of you asked questions which we promised to look into further. Here are the answers from our planning and operations department. Q: If rail running along Richmond Read More...
Global Warming Will Affect Transit Infrastructure
Global warming is not just trendy cocktail conversation. It's an issue that will affect how transit agencies design, construct and operate transportation systems. That's according to two recent reports from the U.S. Department of Transportation Read More...
East End Bus Shelters Showcase Public Art
Next Tuesday, East End bus riders will be surrounded by art - art that was conceived and created by a team of professional artists and neighborhood students. The idea began back in early 2006 when Mary Margaret Hansen, former president of the Greater Read More...
Paying for Parking at Cypress Park & Ride
Several of you have written in on the blog, asking how the garage at Cypress Park & Ride works. Drivers must tap their Q Card to raise the gate and enter the garage. At that time, $1.50 is deducted from your full-fare Q Card to pay for parking. When Read More...
Houston Ranks as Eighth Worst City for Commuters
Forbes.com recently ranked the 10 best cities for commuters and the 10 worst cities for commuters. Houston's was the eighth worst city for commuters. The magazine examined 75 of the biggest metropolitan areas in the nation and analyzed traffic patterns, Read More...
Sitting Under Recycled Shelters
By now, some of you may have noticed that our bus shelters are going through a makeover. At the beginning of our fiscal year - October 2007 - we compiled a list of 100 used shelters at the Field Services Center with the goal of cleaning and fixing them Read More...
Tracking Buses in Real Time
How many times have you waited at your bus stop – andwondered when the bus was going to arrive? Or maybe you were running late,arrived at your stop a minute later than you normally do – and didn’t know ifyou had just missed your bus Read More...
Houston METRO Touted as Model for Transit Solutions
The nation's top leader at the Federal Transit Administration mentioned Houston recently as a model that could offer a 21 st -century solution to a transportation infrastructure that has hit a tipping point. Jim Simpson , administrator at the FTA, Read More...
Image Campaign Designed to Build Ridership Culture
Starting today, as you flip TV channels, you may see heavyweight, world-boxing champion George Foreman urging you to Ride METRO. It's the start of METRO's I Ride campaign, a series of four commercials featuring local celebrities who encourage Read More...
Here's the Transcript of Fourth Web Chat
Today at noon, about 44 of you joined our Web chat, Transit Talk , to ask questions of Frank J. Wilson, president and CEO of METRO. We received questions submitted in advance on this blog, plus questions live during the chat - far more than Wilson could Read More...
Sharing a Bike to Ease Transit Get Around
Washington, D.C. residents will soon have a chance to rent a bicycle day or night for an annual $40 fee. The New York Times reported on Sunday that this first-of-its-kind program in the United States is a new public-private venture. SmartBike DC will Read More...