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January 2009 - Posts

Shaping Our Future with Transit, Zoning & Development
Every decade, Houston grows by one million people. Houston PBS/Channel 8 has been focusing on this growth and the basic issues that accompany that with a series of community forums, entitled, "Houston, Have Your Say...Shaping Our Future Growth." Read More...
A Ticket to Ride to State's Biggest Cities
No matter how much sleep I get - or how vigorous the workout - when I slip behind the wheel and start the long trek to San Antonio or Austin, I start nodding off after about an hour of driving. The rhythm of the car on the road puts me to sleep. I've Read More...
Students Go Green with METRO
University of Houston students are going green with METRO, as hundreds signed up for student Q Cards. It was all part of the University of Houston's 10-week "green campaign." This week, the university staged its first "Green Commuting Read More...
Transit Talk: Lunchtime Web Chat Planned with CEO
Here's your chance to ask all things METRO to the man in charge: President & CEO Frank J. Wilson. Our next Web chat is scheduled for next Tuesday, February 3, from noon to 1 p.m. Are you wondering what's going on with construction on the East Read More...
METRO Arts in Transit
This week, you'll have a chance to make a mark on your community with your ideas for public art. METRO is launching the process of choosing artists to create artwork for the University Corridor light-rail stations, and we want to make sure your ideas Read More...
METRO Transit Cops Rescue Fire Victims
The day after saving a 68-year-old tourist who fell on a Washington, D.C. train track on Inauguration Day, our hero Officer Eliot Swainson - along with METRO Capt. Tim Kelly and a D.C. transit cop - saved residents from a burning apartment building. Swainson, Read More...
METRO Matters: Bus Marshals Keeping Riders Safer
The next time you board our bus, the person you sit next to may not be who you think he or she is. METRO has a bus marshal program, similar to the federal government's air marshal program launched after 9/11. MPD officers, dressed in every day clothes Read More...
MPD Officer Saves Woman's Life in Washington
His day started at 4 a.m. working a train platform in Washington, but by the end of the day, he was on the national news. Eliot Swainson, a 46-year-old METRO police officer, was among 100 officers from 18 transit agencies nationwide who were in Washington Read More...
Service Changes Due to Marathon
This Sunday, the Chevron Houston Marathon will attract thousands of runners who will be sprinting through much of downtown. That means METRO's service will be affected. From 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., the majority of downtown streets will be closed, north Read More...
All-Electric Cars Require New Business Model
When the price of gas soared to $4 a gallon, you probably started noticing more hybrids on the road. But what about all-electric vehicles? Do they have much of a future? Back in 1900, 25 percent of all cars made in the United States ran exclusively on Read More...
Smart Growth Includes Transit-friendly Neighborhoods
Suburban sprawl is out. Smart growth is in. Consider these facts: By building "smart growth"neighborhoods - those that are compact, walkable and transit-oriented - we can cut our national fuel expenses by $24 billion in the year 2030 and reduce Read More...
Heroes on Wheels: Driver Rescues Lost Toddler
Meet our next "Hero on Wheels." Sean Hill has been driving a bus for METRO for almost a decade. Last fall, Hill became an instant hero to a young boy in crisis. The single father of three girls - ages 17, 15 and 2 - was driving the 80 Dowling/Lyons Read More...
To Wrap or Not to Wrap Light-Rail Trains
Every day the headlines bring more grim economic news. Transit agencies nationwide are struggling with budget deficits. In this economic climate, should transit agencies boost their revenues by wrapping their light-rail trains in advertising? Here at Read More...
Happy Anniversary to the Blog
Two years ago today, we did something no other transit agency in the nation had ever done: We started a blog. It was an attempt to put a human face on a huge agency, to be more responsive to the public, to start a dialogue and build a community. It was Read More...
Mass Transit Helps Households Save Money
Despite the fall in fuel prices, people who commute still save hundreds of dollars a year versus those who drive. That's according to a report released today by the American PublicTransportation Association (APTA), which stated that a person can obtain Read More...
Hey, Kids: Stop on our Web Site and Meet Fred
Calling all kids - and their parents - to log on to our Web site and meet Fred the Safety Tread. He's our new safety mascot who will be teaching kids all about bus and rail safety and how to ride METRO. Riding transit is an adventure, and Fred wants Read More...
METROLift Patrons Can Now Book Trips Online
METRO has just made it easier for METROLift riders to book their trips. Now, METROLift riders can go online and book their trips using a client ID and password. Called MACS-WEB, (METROLift Automated Computer System on the Web), the computerized system Read More...