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September 2008 - Posts

Bryan Pennington Hosts Today's Web Chat
Today at noon, Bryan Pennington, senior vice president of engineering and construction, hosted Transit Talk , our monthly Web chat. Below is the transcript. (12:00:29 PM) Bryan Pennington: Welcome to Transit Talk. This month our subject is the five light-rail Read More...
Reporting Crime Via Text-Messaging
Text-messaging is becoming such a routine way of communicating among the younger set that even my six-year-old is texting on a battery-operated, smart phone toy that actually sends and receives messages. Now the Washington D.C. Metro transit police are Read More...
Lost & Found Center Moves to Travis
METRO's Lost & Found Center is moving to 1001 Travis St. from its current location at 1900 Main. The move happens today. On Monday, the Lost & Found Center will be opened for customers at its new location. In the photo on the left, METRO's Read More...
Responding to Your Questions About HOV Lanes
We have received more comments on a post about HOV lanes last Friday than any other post since we launched this blog 19 months ago. By 2 p.m. today, we received 106 comments on that one post, far outpacing the second most commented post with 65 comments. Read More...
All HOV Lanes Open Except Gulf Freeway
All high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes except the I-45 South HOV are open. Yesterday, METRO Police Chief Tom Lambert explained at a press conference what we were doing to keep the HOV lanes operational and why the Gulf Freeway lane remains closed. Click Read More...
Next Web Chat Focuses on Light Rail
Join the conversation on our next Web chat scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. Transit Talk will focus on our five light-rail lines and will be hosted by Bryan Pennington, senior vice president of engineering and construction. Pennington Read More...
Park & Ride Service Up & Running but No Rail
Our Park & Ride service has been running on its normal schedule since yesterday. However, all buses are operating in the main lanes. Several of you have e-mailed us, asking why aren't METRO buses using the HOV lanes? METRO Police Chief Tom Lambert Read More...
Send Your METRO-related Ike Photos
A blog reader wrote us, saying he/she had photos of METRO rescuing stranded residents in Webster. If you have photos of METRO-related hurricane photos, we'd love to see them. Click on "contact us" in the left-hand navigation bar and send Read More...
METRO's Hurricane Planning Helps Saves Lives
"If somebody doesn't pick me up, and I die, it's on your head!" Desperate pleas for help like this were common hours before Ike slammed into Houston - and for many of METRO's planning and operations staff, the stress of judging whether Read More...
Taking the Bus to PODs for Food & Water
If you're one of the thousands of people who need to pick up free water, ice and prepackaged food at an official distribution site, METRO has bus routes within a half-mile of about a dozen of these sites. Called a point of distribution - or POD - Read More...
METRO Rescues Elderly & Sick Before & After Ike
While most Houstonians were hunkering down to shelter in place as officials advised, METRO bus operators and mechanics were working to rescue the sick, elderly and frail - before and after the hurricane. "We've had an amazing group of bus operators Read More...
Board Meeting Rescheduled
The next board meeting has been changed to Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008, due to Hurricane Ike. Thanks for your patience. Read More...
Schedule Changes Due to Hurricane Ike
We are implementing the following service changes due to Hurricane Ike: Today, 1 p.m. : We will begin Park & Ride service, with normal rush-hour service. Friday morning: No Park & Ride service. No Airport Direct service. Local buses and METRORail Read More...
Adding Midday Service to Commuter Lots
METRO is continuing its regular service today, but adding midday service on the following routes to the Park & Ride lots: 261 West Loop; 262 Westwood; 265 West Bellfort; and 297 Southpoint/Monroe. The buses on these four routes will run every hour Read More...
50 Million Boardings and Counting
If you rode the rail today, you may have received a complimentary granola bar wrapped with a sticker: "50 million boardings and counting! We couldn't do it without you!" Today, we're celebrating a milestone on our Main Street Red Line. Read More...
METRO Monitors Ike
We are closely monitoring Ike and will keep you posted if there are any service changes. We'll know more by tomorrow afternoon. Read More...
Raising the Age for Teen Drivers
Should we make our roads safer for everyone by raising the age teens can drive? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety , a research group financed by the auto insurance industry, thinks so, pointing out that auto accidents are the leading cause of Read More...
Free WiFi at Two METRORail Stations
If you're a BlackBerry or iPhone user who is constantly checking e-mail, you can now find a free hot spot - or wireless Internet service -- at various downtown locations, including the METRORail Bell Station and METRORail Downtown Transit Center. Read More...
Retail Shops at Cypress Park & Ride to Open Soon
Those of you who commute from our Cypress Park & Ride have asked several questions about the development being built there - Cypress Village Station at U.S. Highway 290 and Skinner Road. "When the apartments at the 217 garage open, where are Read More...
Katy HOV Lane to Close on Monday
Reminder: The Katy Freeway HOV Lane is scheduled to be closed this Monday, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The lane will remained closed until the completion of all construction activity, including the managed lanes that will be built Read More...
METRO Honors Top Bus Operators
Some of you may have been lucky enough to get a METRO bus operator who's friendly, helpful and pleasant - someone who deftly handles difficult riders, who patiently answers questions and who greets you with a smile when you hop on board. We recently Read More...
Saving Energy Through Public Transportation Act
An important transportation bill has passed the House, and if it becomes law, would give Americans more transit options as they grapple with high gasoline prices. H.R. 6052, the Saving Energy Through Public Transportation Act of 2008, passed the House Read More...
Airport Direct: Fast, Easy & Convenient
I rode the Airport Direct today on our new shuttle's sixth day of operation. We departed precisely at 12:30 p.m. and arrived two minutes late - only because of an accident at Will Clayton just before arriving at the airport. METRO's new Airport Read More...