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July 2008 - Posts

New Decal Identifies Hybrid Buses
Starting near the end of August, you'll see a fresh new decal on our buses on the passenger side. It will indicate whether you're about to board a hybrid-electric bus. The decal was created by our graphic designer Brian Rogers. Since March 2007, Read More...
Chicago's Century-old Rail System Creates Snarls in Suburbs
Sometimes fixing a centuries-old problem is harder than building something new in a city unaccustomed to mass transit. Consider the case of Chicago. Since the mid-1800s, the nation's railroad hub has been the Windy City with six of the seven biggest Read More...
Less Driving: Unintended Consequences
Spiraling gas prices have driven Americans away from their automobiles. Fewer of us were driving for the past seven consecutive months. The third largest monthly decline occurred in May when Americans drove 3.7 percent less in total miles than a year Read More...
Cars of the Future Power Up, Not Fill Up
The car you could be driving some day may be one you plug in and power up instead of filling up - especially with the rising cost of gas. Last week, at Plug-In 2008, a three-day conference in San Jose featuring the latest in electric vehicles, entrepreneurs Read More...
METRO Matters: Diversity Counts
Our fifth episode of METRO Matters airs on Saturday and features a woman who's done more than crack the glass ceiling. Helen Cavazos, METRO's vice president of human resources and diversity, has recently been awarded the "Breaking the Glass Read More...
More Answers to Web Chat Questions
Last Thursday, Bryan Pennington, METRO's senior vice president of construction and engineering, hosted Transit Talk , our monthly, lunchtime Web chat. Some of you pre-submitted questions, but we received so many live questions that we ran out of time Read More...
Another Milestone for METRO
METRO recently reached another important milestone in building its five light-rail lines. The Federal TransitAdministration (FTA) granted final approval of the Southeast Corridor Supplemental Final Environmental Statement (SFEIS) through a document called Read More...
Ride METRORail to Miller Outdoor Theatre
Houston is blessed to have professional-caliber arts events offered to the public free of charge every summer. Whether you choose to sit under the stars on the hillside or on a seat under air-conditioned vents and fans, you can watch the drama of Shakespere Read More...
Using Ads to Offset the Fuel Crunch
Drivers of private vehicles aren't the only ones facing pain at the pump. Transit agencies nationwide are staring at budget shortfalls as their own fuel costs continue to soar. Some are increasing revenues by selling ads - from bus and train cards Read More...
A First for George Foreman: Signing a Train
George Foreman, the two-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion turned electric grill entrepreneur, minister and author, has added another first to his sterling list of accomplishments. On Wednesday, Big George stepped into a boxing ring in front of a Read More...
Transcript of Today's Web Chat with Bryan Pennington
Today, Bryan Pennington, senior vice president of engineering and construction, hosted our sixth Web chat. The topic: METRO Solutions and the five light-rail lines we are building. We had 34 people chatting, and we received far more questions than we Read More...
FTA Approves North Corridor's Environmental Impact Statement
The North Corridor light-rail line received a watershed decision by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), making METRO eligible for federal funds and allowing the agency to begin construction on the light-rail line. Earlier this month, we received Read More...
Web Chat: Ask Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Light Rail
This Thursday, you'll have a chance to ask anything and everything you've ever wanted to know about the five light-rail lines METRO is building. The man in charge of building out those rail lines is Bryan Pennington, senior vice president of engineering Read More...
Courtesy: Not so Common Among Commuters
Now that we've officially celebrated a groundbreaking of the East End light-rail line, the idea of five rail lines crisscrossing the city is becoming more of a reality. As more of us ride the rail, there are some rules of the rail - common courtesy Read More...
Problems Reloading Q Card
Recently, I received an e-mail from a gentleman who purchased a Q Card from a Kroger but discovered he couldn't reload it at the point-of-sale machine on one of our Park & Ride lots. "They can be reloaded at Kroger (and I assume on-line), Read More...
Streets Where Cars are Banned
In this new reality of $4/gallon gas, streets closed off to vehicles may offer a new appeal. In New York, bicyclists will be able to ride their bikes from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park on roads closed to traffic and open only to walkers and cyclists. Read More...
METRO Helps Spring Valley Improve Streets
Those of you who live in West Houston and drive through tony Spring Valley Village , know not to speed. I remember when I got my driver's license in high school, the warning that was passed down to new drivers: Never speed in Spring Valley. Now drivers Read More...