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November 2008 - Posts

The Man Who Adopted 55 METRO Stops/Shelters
While most folks are asleep at night, John Branch drives his pick-up truck around his neighborhood of Independence Heights , patrolling METRO bus stops and shelters. The 49-year-old entrepreneur has made it his mission to banish crime in his neighborhood Read More...
When Public Transit's Cash Cow Runs Dry
Americans are driving fewer miles this year than last year - and that means the Highway Trust Fund , fueled by the gasoline tax, took in billions of fewer dollars in Fiscal Year 2008. We drove 90 billion miles less in a period of 11 months in FY08 compared Read More...
Submit Your Picture Perfect Ride
You don't have to be the CEO of a company to appear in an annual report. Submit pictures of your ride on METRORail or a METRO bus, and your picture could be included in our next annual report. You, our riders, see the city every day - the people and Read More...
Electric Cars Becoming Another Green Option
Soon Houstonians may be running neighborhood errands in a small car that powers up rather than gases up. The city's first electric car dealership near Minute Maid Park is opened for business, selling the Zenn car - which stands for "zero emission, Read More...
Making Street Traffic Safer with Trains
For the past few months, left-hand turn accidents between cars and METRO trains have been increasing in the downtown area. Now, METRO and the City of Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering, Traffic and Transportation Division has launched Read More...
Public Transit Users Save Thousands of Dollars Every Year
If you ride the bus or train to work every day, you can save an average of $8,754, every year, based on today's gas prices. Despite the drop in gas prices - which is 70 cents lower per gallon than last year - public transit users still obtain a dramatic Read More...
Serious Crime Declines on METRO System
For the second consecutive year, it has become safer for you to ride the rail or commute on our buses. The number of serious crimes has declined this year over last, repeating a pattern now for the second year. METRO recorded 438 serious crime incidents Read More...
Need a Ride to the Airport? Take Airport Direct
Our eighth edition of METRO Matters tells you of a new way to get to the airport. It's fast, convenient, competitively priced - and even comes with a concierge service. It's METRO's Airport Direct. Dubbed 30-30-30, the service runs from downtown Read More...
Voters Approve Measures to Spend Money on Transit
In Tuesday's election, voters across the nation said a resounding yes to spending more money on public transportation. Across the country, more than 70 percent of transportation initiatives were approved. Voters in 16 states approved 23 measures related Read More...
METRO Encourages Healthy Kids
Tired of seeing your kid veg out in front of mindless TV? This Saturday, take your kids to Hermann Park to participate in Healthy Kids-Houston . A program of the Houston Parks & Recreation Department , Healthy Kids-Houston encourages kids to move, Read More...
More People Turning to Passenger Trains
Both commuters and travelers between cities of up to 500 miles apart are turning to passenger trains as their option of choice in some parts of the country. Despite the recent dip in fuel prices, the generally high cost of fuel, plus airport congestion, Read More...
New Federal Rules to Make School Buses Safer
Many of us send our children on the familiar yellow school buses every morning - knowing those buses don't have seat belts. Now the federal government has new rules that will make school buses safer. These new rules will require higher seat backs, Read More...