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November 2009 - Posts

Big Brother Keeping Rail Safe
The government is working to make light-rail transit safer than ever. The Obama administration has proposed that the U.S. Department of Transportation create and enforce regulations on every light-rail system and subway in the country. The proposal comes Read More...
Texans Fans See Giant METRO Commercial
Thousands of Houston Texans fans got to see a first last night if they commuted on the rail at Fannin South . A METRO New Flyer bus was parked near the rail and became street theatre. Inside the bus, two projectors flashed up on two bus windows a 30-second Read More...
Lawmakers Consider Higher Fuel Taxes
If some lawmakers get their way, Texas drivers could be facing higher fuel taxes at the pump. Members of the Texas Senate Transportation Committee , who met recently in El Paso, said there's not enough money to build new roads. Sen. John Carona , Read More...
Breaking Up is Hard to Do
An attractive woman is sitting at a table for two, giving a "this-isn't- going-to-work" speech to a significant other. The camera changes angle, and it then becomes clear that she's not dumping a boyfriend - but dumping a gas pump. The Read More...
Airport Direct Celebrates with Dancing, Pizza
Come dance with us as the band Mango Punch plays lively tunes at our Airport Direct open house. Free pizza, bottled water, popcorn and door prizes. And great music. Airport Direct is our direct shuttle from downtown to IAH . Party is till 3 p.m. Read More...
Telling Rice Students How to Ride METRO
If you're from out-of-town and you're going to college here, getting around without a car may seem daunting. But Rice University student James Llamas has figured out how to use METRO to go to popular spots - from the movies to the grocery store Read More...
Fan Us on Facebook
Starting today, you can now fan us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter . If you sign up to follow our tweets, you'll get service changes and emergency notices. On Facebook, you'll be able to read about some of the things METRO is doing - from Read More...
Party Time at Airport Direct
You're invited to join us at an open house at Passenger Plaza, celebrating Airport Direct - a convenient and fast way to get from downtown to IAH . The band Mango Punch will provide live salsa music. We'll also have refreshments and giveaways. Read More...
Need a Job? Watch METRO Matters TV Show
With the unemployment rate climbing to 10.2 percent, you or someone you know may be looking for a job. METRO has openings for part-time bus operators. If you're a people person, we'll train you and help you get your commercial driver's license. Read More...
Chairman David Wolff Gives Snapshot of METRO
METRO Chairman David Wolff told Houston's movers and shakers it was time to restore METRO's full funding - and if that were to happen, the agency could double the amount of work it was doing. He made those remarks as the guest speaker at the Greater Read More...
Enforcing the Rules on HOV Lanes
Several of you have e-mailed me, asking about how we enforce the rules on the HOV lanes. A person named H.C. writes: "There could be thousands - maybe millions - collected in city revenue, but because there is no patrol, the HOV lanes are packed Read More...
Looking for Smart Ideas, Smart Roads
Want to win $50,000? The Intelligent Transportation Society of America - along with I.B.M. - is offering an award for ideas for reducing congestion. The winner could be an individual, a company, or a nonprofit group. I.B.M. has calculated that traffic Read More...
Swine Flu and Public Transit
Commuters who ride public transit are rightfully concerned about catching swine flu. In New York, a woman who didn't cover her mouth while coughing caught the ire of another woman. The two launched into a screaming match, the cougher spat on the other Read More...
Bike Boardings on Upward Trend
Today, feels like California. On a beautiful, sunny, no-humidity day like today, it's a perfect day to try bi-modal commuting. Grab your bike, pedal to a bus stop, load it on a rack and ride METRO to your destination. Since we started installing bike Read More...
Rail Service to be Interrupted
This weekend, rail service will be interrupted so we can perform track maintenance. There will be no trains running between UH-Downtown and Preston stations during these hours: Saturday, Nov. 7: 5:40 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8: 5:40 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read More...
Distracted Driving and Prison
When texting while driving kills, Britons land in prison. That's what happened to 22-year-old Phillipa Curtis, who received 21 months in a high-security women's prison for ramming her car into the rear end of a Fiat driven by Victoria McBride, Read More...