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March 2009 - Posts

Fun Photos to Make You Smile
In the midst of gloomy economic news day after day, it's nice when you run into something online that makes you smile. Check out these fun and odd photos from the collection of Marco Folio. Here are three that are transit-related. Click the link below Read More...
Trading Clunkers for Cash
Trade in your old gas-guzzling car, buy a new fuel-efficient one - and get your own personal bailout from the government. A measure being considered by the House - and another version by the Senate - would give vouchers ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to Read More...
Keeping Our Streets Safe
Bus operators and maintenance employees who play it safe have been recognized for their outstanding safety records at METRO. About three percent of our maintenance employees and bus drivers earned METRO's 2009 Safety Award. "We want to give our Read More...
Tripping with Mr. Solomon
Meet Mr. Solomon. He likes to travel - and he does it with style. One day, he's jetting to Miami, another day to Georgia. Find out why - and discover METRO's new Airport Direct service. To spread the word about our direct service from downtown Read More...
Imagine a Train Ride Sans Cell Phones
You're on a rush-hour train, exhausted from a busy day at the office. The last thing you want to hear is someone chatting on his cell phone about info you don't care to know. Now, for Philadelphia-area commuters, there's a respite from cell Read More...
Watch METRO Matters on HCCTV
METRO Matters, our mini-talk show, is now airing regularly on Houston Community College's TV station, HCCTV, Channel 19 on Comcast Cable. You can catch the show at these times: Sunday, 11 a.m. Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. In addition, you can Read More...
Lunchtime Fun Learning About Clean Air
Free food, live jazz and springtime on the plaza – what better way to learn about clean air and what you can do to make our air cleaner? The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is hosting Fresh Air Friday: A Picnic on the Plaza this Friday from Read More...
Heroes on Wheels: Quick Thinking Prevents HOV Tragedy
Two minutes after bus operator Jacqueline Cooper pulled out of the Townsen Park & Ride lot, her 17 years of bus driving skills were about to be tested in a life-or-death incident. She had just loaded about 40 passengers on the 257 Townsen P & Read More...
Do Your Part to Reduce Houston's Ozone
Step outside, and take a deep breath. You have just inhaled the nation's second most polluted air when it comes to ozone. And if Houston doesn't clean up its ozone level, it stands to let millions of dollars in federal funding slip away, according Read More...
Building Transit in "Final Frontier"
Frank J. Wilson, METRO's president & CEO, has worked on both coasts - but it's the Gulf Coast he calls the final frontier for transit - the land that transit forgot. In the nation's fourth largest city with three downtowns and where more Read More...
Transcript of Today's Web Chat with Andy Skabowski
Today, we conducted our monthly Web chat, Transit Talk , with Andy Skabowski, associate vice president of operations. The hour flew by with lots of good questions from you. Skabowski typed his own answers - he was the fastest two-finger typist I've Read More...
Web Chat Today at Noon
A reminder: Join us from noon to 1 p.m. to chat live with Andy Skabowski, associate vice president of operations. Here's your chance to ask one of our top experts about operations and maintenance issues at METRO. If you can't stay for the whole Read More...
Ray LaHood Visits Shovel-Ready Transit Projects
US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called today for all political parties to work together to build America's infrastructure, including light-rail projects in Houston. "If we really want to get something done, work together," he urged Read More...
Don't Even Think About Jaywalking the Track
If you ride the train regularly, you probably have noticed that METRO has added more pedestrian fencing alongside the rail at most of our stations along Main Street. The project was completed last month. METRO has installed wire cable that threads through Read More...
Next Web Chat Features Operations Expert
Join us for our next Web chat on Tuesday, March 17, from noon to 1 p.m. It will be hosted by Andy Skabowski, METRO's associate vice president of operations. Skabowski has worked in transit since 1989 and has experience in all facets of bus maintenance Read More...
METRO's Oldest Employee Says: Enjoy What You Do
Simon Lichenstein has been working full-time for the past 68 years - almost 22 of those years here at METRO. Next Tuesday, the 88-year-old auditor will retire. Lichenstein, who comes to work daily wearing his trademark Fedora, says the secret to such Read More...
METRO Responds to Chronicle Column
A week ago, Houston Chronicle reporter Rosanna Ruiz wrote a column about her experiment riding the bus at her editor's suggestion. Click here to read it. Here's a response by Raequel Roberts, METRO's associate vice president of marketing/media Read More...
Public Transit Users Save Thousands Annually
Today's bleak economic news of the highest unemployment rate in 24 years with more than 600,000 jobs shed last month is enough to trigger belt-tightening in anyone's household budget. Using public transit - even if only one or two days a week Read More...
New Trains to be Nation's First Low-Floor Model
Yesterday's board approval of our contract to build four-light rail lines includes the purchase of 29 rail cars from CAF USA Inc., a subsidiary of the Spain-based CAF Group, a $7.5 billion company with 34 projects in 20 countries. These sleek trains Read More...
METRO Approves Parsons Contract to Build Rail Lines
In a historic vote today, the METRO board approved a $1.46 billion contract with Parsons Transportation Group to build four light-rail lines in Houston. "Today is obviously a very significant milestone," said David S. Wolff, METRO's chairman Read More...
A Trolley that Runs on Used Veggie Oil
Imagine riding public transit in a vehicle that runs on discarded vegetable oil. That's what riders are doing in Leesburg, Virginia , according to The Washington Post. The Town Trolley of Leesburg runs on cooking oil thrown out by local restaurants Read More...
New Orion Hybrid Buses in Service
Some of our bus aficionados have already noticed and commented about our newest hybrid-electric buses we have recently launched into service. Made by Daimler Buses , the Orion VII Hybrid Transit bus is equipped with a generator and motor in the back and Read More...