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April 2009 - Posts

Transcript of Web Chat with Frank Wilson
Thanks to all of you who joined our Web chat today at noon. METRO's President & CEO Frank J. Wilson hosted today's chat, where questions ranged from light-rail service to both airports to our new Quick Line Signature Bus service to debut in Read More...
Web Chat with CEO Today at Noon
A reminder to join us today from noon to 1 p.m. for a Web chat with Frank J. Wilson, our president & CEO. If you can't stay for the whole hour, drop in and ask a question, then grab lunch. Wondering about the construction on our light-rail lines....or Read More...
METRO Matters Schedule on Houston Media Source
METRO Matters is currently airing on two cable TV stations: Houston Media Source (Ch. 17 on Comcast) and HCCTV (Houston Community College's Ch. 19 on Comcast). Our latest show with Kim Slaughter, associate vice president for planning, has been airing Read More...
Heroes on Wheels: Melvin Riley
Melvin Riley was driving the Park & Ride 204 Spring bus on the HOV lane when a scream pieced the air. A gentleman had suddenly suffered a seizure. "My first thought was to get the bus off the HOV lane," recalls Riley, 54, of the March incident. Read More...
No Police Uniform? This Retired Officer Recalls Early Days
When Sgt. Richard Sauseda first started at METRO as a police officer, he dressed in a coat and tie. METRO didn't have police uniforms - and in fact, there was no official police department. That was back in 1982 when the Metropolitan Transit Authority Read More...
METRO Signs Historic Contract
METRO officially signed the agency's biggest contract in history, a deal that was announced at yesterday's board meeting by Frank J. Wilson, METRO President and CEO. Early last month, METRO's board of directors approved the $1.46 billion construction Read More...
Frank Wilson to Host Web Chat
What do bunnies and buses have in common? Find out the answer to that and all things METRO at our next Web chat scheduled on Thursday, April 30, from noon to 1 p.m. Here's your chance to ask Frank J. Wilson, METRO's president & CEO, anything Read More...
Scenes from Go Green Astros
Last night's METRO partnering with the Astros at its Go Green night was a fun event. say METRO's community reps who worked the event. Astro fans were introduced to our Airport Direct shutttle service, along with STAR Van, our vanpooling service. Read More...
Going Green on Earth Day
Want an easy way to go green on Earth Day and all year long? Ride METRO. Commuting on public transit can reduce your carbon footprint by 4,800 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year. That's according to the American Public Transportation Association Read More...
Artists Selected for Train Station Art
Public art enhances public space, and here at METRO, we want to make sure the artwork installed at our new light-rail stations embraces our city's diverse cultures and gives the neighborhood residents something they will enjoy. We're one step Read More...
Katy Tollway Opens, Helps Ease Congestion
Monday morning rush-hour traffic just got a whole lot easier for west Houston residents who take the Katy Freeway. For those with EZ tags on their windows, you were able to slip into one of the Katy Freeway Managed Lanes today - and speed by the clogged Read More...
Students Take "Walking Bus" to School
In Italy, students take a "walking bus" to school. The bus doesn't actually have an engine or tires - it's a bus made of students who walk to school in a piedibus , which literally translates as "foot-bus" in Italian, reports Read More...
Transforming Old Tires into Shoes
This fall, you can wear footwear that's green - and be an environmental steward. Timberland Co. of New Hampshire is becoming the first shoe manufacturer to use recycled rubber from discarded tires to create two shoe collections that will debut this Read More...
Practicing Cell Phone Etiquette
Recently, a customer sent in a Web suggestion about the use of cell phones on our buses, asking if we could post bus placards reminding folks of apparently not-so-common courtesy when using cell phones. "It is becoming increasingly common for one Read More...
Walk Like MADD
Two four-legged creatures stole the spotlight at last Saturday's annual Walk Like MADD event. They were METRO's K-9 police officers, Roxy and Shadow . They, along with their handlers, Officer Chris Obenland and Officer Nancy DeMartin, joined the Read More...
METRO Matters Explains Ins & Outs of Routes
Ever wonder why METRO designs certain routes that end 10 blocks from your favorite store? METRO carries some 108 million riders every year. Our 1,200 buses drive in an area of about 1,285 square miles. So what goes into planning our routes? And do your Read More...
METRO Job Fair Scouting for Good Drivers
With unemployment soaring to its highest level in 25 years, you or someone you know may be interested in a part-time job. We're hosting a job fair here at METRO at our headquarters on Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to noon. Come find out why being a Read More...
Wrapped Trains Advertise Airport Direct
This morning, if you commute by train, you noticed that some of our trains are partially wrapped with a vinyl ad, showcasing our Airport Direct service. Three of our 18 trains made its wrapped debut on Saturday. These mobile billboards are meant to spread Read More...
Pasadena Residents to Get Park & Ride Service
Starting next Monday, Pasadena residents who need to go to downtown Houston or the Texas Medical Center can take a METRO Park & Ride bus for a carefree, cost-efficient trip. METRO, Harris County Precinct 2 and the city of Pasadena have partnered to Read More...
China Aims to Be No. One Maker of Electric Cars
China has announced it intends to become the leading manufacturer of hybrids and all-electric cars. Already behind Japan and the United States in making gas-powered vehicles, China is turning its liability into what it hopes will be an opportunity by Read More...
Midday and Late Night Service Brings New Riders
If you build it, they will come. That's the voice an Iowa corn farmer heard in the movie, "Field of Dreams." He believed that if he built a baseball diamond in the corn fields, fans would come. At METRO, we have had mid-day and late-night Read More...