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October 2009 - Posts

Keeping Halloween Safe
Halloween is not just for young kids, anymore. This year, Americans will spend $3.3 billion on Halloween costumes, masks and decorations, according to the National Retail Federation and BIGresearch . That's 5.4 percent more spending on Halloween than Read More...
Chairman Wolff to Address State of METRO
If you want to find out exactly what's going on at METRO, our current condition and where we're headed, come listen to METRO Chairman David S. Wolff . He'll be speaking at the Greater Houston Partnership luncheon next Thursday, Nov. 5, at Read More...
Subway Ads Appeal to Atheists
Commuters in Boston will soon see ads in subway cars promoting non-belief. Later this month, subway trains will sport ads for an atheist group that is conveying its message of non-belief in Chicago, New York and New Jersey, according to the Boston Globe Read More...
Using Voices - Not Beeping - to Warn Pedestrians
Cleveland pedestrians on crosswalks will soon hear a voice warning them that a bus is approaching, the first vocal alert system in the nation. After two fatalities in which pedestrians were struck by a bus while at a crosswalk, the Greater Cleveland Regional Read More...
Good News for Commuters to TMC
If you commute to the Texas Medical Center from I-45, your trip will soon get easier. METRO is about to double the number of parking spots available at its South Point Park & Ride lot, located at 12410 Kurland at I-45 South. Those of you who ride Read More...
Postcards from Texas: A Snapshot of METRO
If you're not a lifelong resident of the Bayou City, you may not know this: Before METRO, there was Houtran. And long before Houtran, we were a city of streetcars. Find out about METRO's history on Channel 55's Postcards from Texas , a weekly, Read More...
METRO Launches Spanish Talk Show
METRO is launching a Spanish-language talk show called Enfoque METRO . The mini-talk show - about 15 minutes - makes its debut today on Comcast's Channel 17, Houston Media Source. The purpose of the show is to highlight METRO's new projects and Read More...
The Sounds - and Dangers - of Silence
Sometimes too much of a good thing can be dangerous. Consider the automobile. Decades after Henry Ford designed the Model T, car manufacturers are building hybrid-electric cars that are so quiet, they are considered dangerous to pedestrians. The New York Read More...
METRO Web Site Now in Spanish
If you have Spanish-speaking friends, pass the word: The Spanish version of RideMetro.org is up and running. It was under construction for the past few months, while we updated the pages to this new system with a new vendor. Simply click on En Español Read More...
Most Riders Satisfied with TMC Swiftline
Most riders of the 426 TMC SwiftLine say they are very satisfied with the new route we introduced in August. The TMC SwiftLine is an express service with five stops between the Texas Medical Center and the Southeast Transit Center . On Sept. 23, 61 surveys Read More...
Software that Reads the Web Aloud
The Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) has just installed a new software tool that allows customers to browse its Web site and hear text read aloud. BrowseAloud is a free download WMATA is making available to anyone who wants to download Read More...
Love & Romance at a Bus Stop
Here at METRO, we've had a wedding on the rail and a romance blossom into marriage when two strangers met each other at a bus stop. Click here to read that story. Romance and love can happen anywhere - and recently, an attorney who rides the bus in Read More...
Time to Renew Student Q Cards
Calling all students: Now's the time to renew your METRO Q® Fare Card. Students who are in kindergarten through 12 th grade must renew their Q Cards, which expired on Sept. 30. Students - or their parents or caregivers - must come to the RideStore Read More...
Cutting Crime by Meeting Neighbors
It's a simple concept: Get out on your front porch and meet your neighbors. Maybe throw a few burgers on the grill and share a meal. It's called National Night Out , a national program designed to promote crime and drug prevention activities in Read More...
Call for Action to Curb Distracted Driving
The Distracted Driving Summit called by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood ended yesterday with a call for action. The two-day summit addressed the dangers of text messaging and other distractions behind the wheel and included senior transportation Read More...