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October 2008 - Posts

Fare Increase Effective Sunday
Fourteen years ago, there were boom boxes instead of scrollable play lists. Fourteen years ago, cell phones were bulky and heavy. Fourteen years ago was the last time METRO increased fares. A lot has changed in 14 years. Now, after keeping fares unchanged Read More...
Congress Urged to Fund Transit to Create Jobs
As our economic crisis unfolds, the list of companies slashing their workforce sounds like a death knell. This month alone, layoffs have been announced at these industry giants: Merck, Yahoo, General Electric, Xerox, Pratt & Whitney, Goldman Sachs, Read More...
Americans Driving Fewer Miles
Americans drove 15 billion fewer miles than a year ago - and that means we're buying less gas. Consuming less gas, in turn, means less federal gas tax, which is triggering renewed pressure on the way the government pays for road, bridge and transit Read More...
The Veggie Bus: Turning Used Cooking Oil into Fuel
Most of us grew up with the words of Mom ringing in our ears, "Don't waste your food" and "Eat all those veggies!" Now students at the University of New Mexico in Alburquerque will have a chance to make sure nothing is wasted when Read More...
Katy Freeway Managed Lanes to Open Wednesday
The nation's biggest freeway reconstruction program will celebrate tomorrow its official completion ahead of schedule. A ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday will officially mark the end of the mammoth project, the first Interstate highway combined with Read More...
Boy Scouts Build Benches for METRO Riders
Less than 3 percent of all Boy Scouts make it to the top level of Eagle Scouts - and those who do are required to manage and direct a community service project. Casey Homer, 18-year-old senior at Stratford High School, recently completed an Eagle Scout Read More...
Finding Love at a Bus Stop
Doris Etienne Jackson is planning to marry the love of her life in four weeks and two days. She met him at a downtown METRO bus stop. That autumn morning four years ago, she was sitting at the METRO stop on Franklin Street, waiting to transfer to the Read More...
Transit State of Good Repair
A new report issued this month by the FederalTransit Administration takes a serious look at the state of repair of our nation's transit systems. The 55-page report was the result of an August workshop attended by 14 transit providers from around the Read More...
Houston's Top Three Walkable Neighborhoods
If you live in Montrose, River Oaks or downtown, you live in the three most walkable neighborhoods in Houston - ranked as the nation's 26 th most walkable city. Walkscore.com , created by a civic software company called Front Seat , uses an algorithm Read More...
Next Year to Bring New Service, Expanded Park & Ride Lots
Good news for commuters, especially those who use our Park & Ride lots. METRO is proposing new service for the coming year that includes more service and new and expanded Park & Ride lots. Last Thursday, our board authorized an agreement with Read More...
Transit Agencies Nationwide Increasing Fares
Fare increases like METRO's announced 25 percent increase are happening at transit agencies all over the nation. The economic pressures are the same: Costs to operate transit systems have outpaced the rate of fare increases. Expenses, such as fuel, Read More...
METRO Board Passes Fare Increase
METRO's Board of Directors unanimously passed a fare increase today that would raise the base fare to $1.25 from $1 - a fare that has held steady for the past 14 years. The change will go into effect on Nov. 2. David Wolff , chairman of the board, Read More...
METRO to Request Fare Increase
For the past 14 years, METRO's current base fare of $1 has remained unchanged. In those 14 years, inflation has risen 48 percent and service has grown 18 percent. In fact, METRO is one of the least expensive transit systems in the country to ride. Read More...
Bus Service Debuts in Arlington, Texas
The biggest city in the nation to not have public transportation just got bus service last month. Arlington, Texas - with a population of about 375,000 - is now getting nonstop, commuter bus service from The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T). Read More...
Uh...Is That an Elephant on the Platform?
Starting today, you'll see a giant elephant with sunglasses standing on the rail. At least, you'll see this image in brochures on our buses and trains - and later this week, on posters at our Park & Ride lots and various shopping centers around Read More...
Trolley Dances in San Diego
For the tenth year, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has brought people to the dance. Partnering with the Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater , the southern California trolley takes patrons to various locations for dance performances at Read More...
Sharing a Car by the Hour
Would sharing a car - and renting one by the hour - keep more cars off the road and help our environment? Perhaps. At least, for those on low budgets who can't afford to buy a car, especially in this economic meltdown, this could be a practical option. Read More...
METRO Matters: Riding the Rail Safely
Light-rail trains are the safest form of motorized transit - but METRO is always looking for more ways to make our trains safer. They're fast, they're quiet - and they take the length of two football fields to stop. This edition of METRO Matters Read More...
Sharpshooters Who Can Do Special Rescues
When their pagers blink, the adrenaline starts pumping. They are METRO's elite force - a group of police officers who are part of our Special Operations Rescue Team (S.O.R.T.), a highly-skilled force that trains weekly. To the left is Rick Hernandez, Read More...
Texas to Celebrate National Night Out Tuesday
Tomorrow night, flip your porch light on and encourage all the neighbors on your block to turn their porch lights on, too. It's all part of the Texas celebration of National Night Out , the annual "America's Night Out Against Crime" Read More...
METRO Launches Aquarian Squad
While Hurricane Ike's fierce winds destroyed buildings, blew off roofs and damaged electrical lines in the Houston area, one thing it did not do is flood our streets the way Tropical Storm Allison did in 2001. But if flooding ever occurs here, METRO Read More...
METRO Garners Two Top Industry Awards
Hollywood has its Academy Awards but here in the transit industry, we have the AdWheel Awards. This is the 29 th year these awards have been given by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), an industry group representing transit agencies Read More...
New York Gets New Transit Tool to Ease Commute Planning
The nation's busiest transit system just got easier to navigate with Google Transit , an on-line feature that provides on-line maps and trip plans for New York City's 5,000-square-mile transportation network. And soon, Houston commuters will their Read More...