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September 2009 - Posts

No Rail Service During Savoy Hotel Demolition
A section of the old Savoy Hotel is scheduled to be demolished between 6 p.m. Friday and 11 p.m. Sunday, Oct 4. The historic, seven-story hotel, now an eyesore with visible cracks on one façade, is located at 1616 Main St. between Pease and Leeland. Read More...
Treasury Closing Early Wednesday
A reminder: If you're coming here to take care of METRO Q®Fare Card business and need to go to our Treasury department - now called Revenue Operations - it is moving. Tomorrow - Wednesday, Sept. 30 - the department will close early at 2 p.m. It Read More...
METRO Saves Historic Clock Tower
A 1930-era building with a distinctive clock tower was purchased by METRO about two years ago with plans to demolish the building, making way for the East End light-rail line. Community representatives wanted to save the clock tower - and recently METRO Read More...
Keeping Roaches at Bay on Buses
The next time you're tempted to sneak a Starbucks on board a bus or furtively snack on a food bar while leaving work on a Park & Ride bus, consider this: Food crumbs and spilled drinks attract roaches. Let's help keep METRO's buses and Read More...
Small, Green Cars Here & Abroad
Carmakers are thinking small - prompted by the environment and today's austere economy where every penny counts. Today, Ford Motor Co . unveiled the Figo - its first small car to be manufactured in India. The four-door hatchback is named after an Read More...
METRO Board Passes 2010 Budget
The METRO Board of Directors approved a $1.26 billion budget for fiscal year 2010 at yesterday's board meeting, while keeping the operating budget flat. Our fiscal year begins Oct. 1. The bulk of the budget covers the METRO Solutions program of building Read More...
Submit Your Questions to Distracted Driving Summit
More and more cities and states are passing laws to curb distracted driving. Here in Texas, it has been against the law since Sept. 1 to use your cell phone while driving in a school zone unless it's a hands-free device or an emergency. Utah has the Read More...
Lost & Found is Moving
Starting Oct. 1, if you lose an item and it's found, you will need to go to a new location to retrieve it. METRO's Lost and Found department is moving from its current location at 1001 Travis to 1220 McCarty off I-10 East. That's where our Read More...
More Commuters Bringing Bikes
More and more of our riders are getting from here to there by using both bus and bike. Our bike boardings have soared 147 percent from October 2008 through August 2009, compared to the same period a year ago. Total bike boardings for the first 11 months Read More...
Art Project Infuses Subway with Jolt of Colors
The thousands of commuters who pass through one of the busiest subway stations in New York will now be greeted with a dizzying array of bold colors splashed against a wall - one of the last commissioned pieces by the late Sol LeWitt , an American conceptual Read More...
Getting Ready for a Future Ike
A year ago today, most of us were anxiously watching weather reports, tracking the path of Ike. We've got two more months of hurricane season, and if you've grown lax about preparations, this is a good time to check your supplies and update your Read More...
Stinking Riders? They're Still Allowed On-board
In Honolulu, if you stink and climb on The Bus , the city's trademark yellow and white bus, you won't get kicked off. A bill introduced last week to ban odors brought onto the transit system "if they unreasonably disturb others" was Read More...
Dump the Pump, Win Free Transit
Calling all commuters: If you ride METRO, turn on your video camera and tell why you commute. The American Public Transportation Association is sponsoring a "Dump the Pump" video contest in which the grand prize winner will receive a year of Read More...
They Like Us
A recent survey conducted by KHOU-TV and KUHF - Houston Public Radio asked people who said they were likely to vote in the next mayoral election what top issues they were most concerned about. Crime ranked No. One and transit came in second. And 59 percent Read More...
METRO Celebrates Fiesta Patrias
This Sunday, METRO is joining the celebration of Fiesta Patrias, a national Mexican holiday celebrating Mexico's independence from Spain. The celebration will occur at Reliant Park , and you'll find METRO at a giant booth - complete with one of Read More...
METRO Helps UH Go Green
Ten METRO staffers joined the University of Houston in its Commuter Green Fair, signing up hundreds of students on the main campus for a METRO Q® Fare Card . "Here at the university, we have challenges, and we struggle with accessibility, as Read More...
Remodeling RideStore into One-Stop Shop
If you visit our RideStore this month, you'll see construction and remodeling going on. Today, we started redesigning our RideStore so we can consolidate three functions in one: the RideStore, Treasury and METROLift. "The build-out is to better Read More...
Watch METRO Matters for Construction News
In July, we celebrated the groundbreaking of two light-rail lines in the North and Southeast corridors. While we're excited about the progress we're making toward light-rail, getting there - with all the construction - can be arduous if you live Read More...