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December 2008 - Posts

Any Which Way You Go
This Sunday, bring the kids to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for some fun, interactive ways to learn about transportation in a special, one-day exhibit entitled, "Any Which Way You Go." METRO will have a Kids' Stop booth in the museum's Read More...
New Year's Eve Schedule
Celebrate the arrival of 2009 safely by taking METRO. We are extending hours on three of our busiest routes, as well as on METRORail. Hours are being extended one to two hours beyond our normal operating schedule. Buses on the following routes will run Read More...
The Ultimate Bus Shelter Volunteer
Just call him volunteer extraordinaire. John Branch is the type of guy any organization seeking volunteers would want. At METRO, he's our No. One adopter in our Adopt-a-Stop/Adopt a Shelter program. Ssince last June, Branch has adopted 55 METRO bus Read More...
Fewer Customers Complaining
For the first time in four years, the number of customer complaints we received dropped from year to year. Fewer customer complaints were logged in fiscal year 2008 compared to the previous year. That's good news for the hard-working folks in operations Read More...
Ridesharing with a Little Help from iPhone
A new application on iPhone matches drivers with riders in a twist on old-fashioned hitchhiking. Think of it as computerized hitchhiking. Carticipate , a free ride-sharing application became available for the iPhone in October. It's already had more Read More...
Cheer for the Holidays: Easing the Parking Problems
This is the season for shopping and good will - and circling around and around, stalking shoppers to grab their parking space if you're at the mall. For commuters who use our Park & Ride lots at Kingsland and South Point, you are familiar with Read More...
Train Accidents Decline in Pilot Program
In the past 30 days, there have been no car/rail accidents caused by cars turning left downtown in front of a train. That safety record is the result of a pilot program that ends this week and is a result of three factors, says Assistant Police Chief Read More...
Renting Cars by the Hours
Now the powerhouse of rental cars had jumped into the market of car rentals by the hour. The Hertz Corp ., which bills itself as "the world's largest general use car rental brand," is launching a service, " Connect by Hertz ." Read More...
A Free Ride to Safety
An innovative program in Louisville, KY, is helping victims of domestic violence. Dubbed Ride to Safety, the program gives free rides to all women who need one. "All a woman needs to do is step on a TARC bus and say, ‘I need a ride to safety.' Read More...
China's Electric Car Beats Competition
A Chinese battery company which has reinvented itself as a car manufacturer is skipping ahead of the competition by about two years with its new electric car. BYD Co. of Shenzhen, China , began selling the world's first mass-produced, plug-in hybrid Read More...
I'm Certified - What's Next?
About 55 small business owners filed into our board room this morning to learn tips on how to do business with a giant agency like METRO. With construction already underway on one of our five light-rail lines and plans to complete these lines by 2012, Read More...
METRO Matters: Keeping Kids Safe During Construction
Construction is underway on the East End line - one of five light-rail lines we are building. And during this construction, we want to make sure we keep kids safe. We have been conducting an innovative school safety program at the HISD schools that uses Read More...
Two Small, Texas Towns Rank as Best Commutes
If small town living appeals to you, it's important to note that not all small towns have easy commutes. In fact, a recent analysis by Forbes.com shows that small towns just on the perimeters of big cities often come with the worst drive times. Forbes.com Read More...
A Softer, More Pleasant Volume on the Train
The human ear is amazing. We can hear our fingers brush against our cheek, and we can hear the roar of a jet engine, which is 1 trillion times as loud as the least audible sound. For those of you who ride our train, the announcements inside the train Read More...
Public Ridership Surges Despite Lower Gas Prices
Houston drivers enjoyed regular unleaded gas prices averaging $1.64 a gallon last weekend, a decline of five cents from the week before, according to AAA Texas . But despite falling gas prices, Americans continue to ride public transit at record levels, Read More...
Heated Bus Shelters
While today's chilly temperatures in Houston feel like winter to us, other parts of the country are really shivering. But some bus commuters in Chicago will get to wait for their bus in heated comfort. Kraft Foods has arranged with JCDecaux North Read More...
Heroes on Wheels
The men and women who drive our buses more than 500 square miles every day see and hear all sorts of things - including emergencies. And sometimes they commit extraordinary acts while on the job - things that are truly above and beyond the call of duty. Read More...
Small Businesses Get Their Share of METRO Contracts
Now that we're in an official recession, many small businesses may be wondering how they will survive. METRO wants all small businesses to know that it is committed to making sure small businesses and disadvantaged businesses get their fair share Read More...
State Auditor Says METRO's Financial Systems Fine
A state audit report that examined METRO's finances for 10 months found that the transit agency is engaging in sound financial policies and has adequate processes in place to manage METRO's planned, long-term expansion for rail. The audit, which Read More...
New Ways of Spending Money on Infrastructure
The way we fund this nation's transportation network is fundamentally broken, and we need new ways to decide how money gets spent. That's the premise of a recent New York Times column by David Leonhardt -and also reflects the sentiments of Mary Read More...