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June 2008 - Posts

Covenant House Adopts a Bus Stop
They are runaways, abandoned children, street kids. They are the kids who have no place to go - until they reach Covenant House Texas , a shelter for kids ages 10 to 21, with most ranging from 18 to 21 years of age. "This is the population that opts Read More...
Houston's Comeback Includes Light-Rail System
Two recent articles tout Houston as a hot spot - an enviable city in which to live, a city that leads the nation in job creation and affordable housing prices. Kiplinger.com lists Houston as the No. 1 City in the nation in its rating of 2008 Best Cities. Read More...
East End Groundbreaking Celebrates Beginning of Light-Rail Line
Streams of confetti, fireworks and the beat of Latin music created a festive mood as East End community leaders, residents and elected officials celebrated this morning the beginning of light-rail in a historic neighborhood where rail began in Houston. Read More...
METRO Matters: Hybrid Commuter Coaches
Our fourth episode of METRO Matters features Andrew Skabowski, senior director of bus maintenance/operations, who talks about how we're going green in the suburbs with our new MCI commuter coaches . This summer we road-tested one of the new commuter Read More...
Biking to Work
This morning, National Public Radio featured a Congressman who's been biking to work for the past 12 years. Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer says to fix the oil crisis, we need to create a bike-to-work culture in every state. He heads the bipartisan Read More...
Driving Safely in the HOV Lanes
When you're rushing to or from work, nothing beats slipping into an HOV lane - if you have the proper number of occupants, of course - and zipping along while hundreds of other cars are crawling in congested traffic. But if you drive the HOV lane, Read More...
Consent Agreement Means Street Improvements for City
METRO marked a milestone yesterday with the approval by City Council of a consent agreement that gives us permission to build five rail lines on city streets. But that agreement covers more than permission to build five light-rail lines. METRO is also Read More...
City Council Gives Green Light to Build Rail Lines
Today, City Council overwhelmingly approved a consent agreement between the city and METRO to build five light-rail lines on city streets. The vote was 13-2. With this agreement, we can move forward with Phase 2 of METRO Solutions and our goal of completing Read More...
National Dump the Pump Day
Tomorrow is the third annual, national Dump the Pump Day in which transit agencies nationwide are urging people to take public transit, save gas and help save the environment. If you’ve never tried METRO before, it’s a good day to take a ride Read More...
Southern California's Commuter Rail Goes Green
Metrolink , the regional commuter rail system of Southern California, has introduced the train equivalent of a hybrid to its fleet: an energy-efficient locomotive. "This is sort of the train version of a hybrid car that shuts itself off when it's Read More...
BART, Books and Brain Cells
Anyone who buys groceries or patronizes certain fast-food eateries has probably noticed vending machines where you can rent a movie for $1 a night. Now commuters in the San Francisco Bay Area can check out books when riding the Bay Area Rapid Transit Read More...
Plastic Rings on Tires Make Buses Safer
A loose wheel nut on a tire can spell disaster if you're driving a bus. Now METRO has installed tiny, neon-green triangular rings that are giving passengers a safer ride. Wheel-Check is a loose wheel-nut indicator. The plastic rings sit on top of Read More...
A Message from Our President & CEO
With oil prices jumping more than $6 today in early trading and settling by noon at $138.30 a barrel, that means more pain at the pump for consumers. Nationwide, the price of gas averaged $4.052 a gallon, and in Texas, $3.931 a gallon. In Houston, regular Read More...
METRO Adds Trips to Accommodate More Commuters
Ever since fuel prices started a steady climb with no relief in sight, more commuters from the suburbs have been parking their cars and riding METRO to the workplace. If this includes you, I'm sure you've noticed the standing-room-only crowds Read More...
Bike Boardings Continue To Increase
More and more commuters are starting to use both bikes and buses to get around town. We launched our bikes-on-buses program in April 2007, installing racks that carry two bikes each. Since then, we've seen incremental growth in the use of those racks Read More...
Fish Gone Wild on Trolleys
Is there any such thing as fish that's too fresh? If you drive a trolley in Boston, the answer is yes. Advertisements that recently appeared on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA, also nicknamed the T) have stirred the ire of train Read More...
Get Public Transit Directions on Mobile Phones
Now there are even more reasons why you don't want to leave home without your cell phone. Companies are offering free services to cell phones that enable you to download driving directions and public transit directions to your phone, making it easier Read More...
Chief Tom Lambert Answers Web Chat Questions
Today, Chief Tom Lambert hosted our fifth Web chat, open to questions on safety, security and any METRO Police Department program. Below is a transcript of the chat. (12:02:30 PM) Tom Lambert: Q: Why is it not feasible to have someone riding giving tickets Read More...
METRO Matters: Don’t Mess with the Dogs
Call them an elite force within our METRO Police Department. They are loyal, well-trained, masterfully strong, and lightning quick. And they eat raw food. They are our K-9 police dogs who are trained to either sniff out drugs or track explosives. Our Read More...