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December 2009 - Posts

Smoker Delays World's Fastest Train
The world's fastest train hit its first major speed bump less than a week after it launched in Southern China. An errant smoker set off an alarm that caused a two-and-a-half hour delay - almost as long as it takes to travel the 684-mile distance between Read More...
Learning to Preserve History During Construction
Sometimes construction can yield unexpected benefits. About five years ago, a construction crew was upgrading an off-leash dog park in Fort Ethan Allen Park in Arlington and unearthed artifacts dating to the Civil War era. To make sure treasure buried Read More...
Happy Holidays
Season's greetings to all. Click here to view some fun holiday transit photos. Have a wonderful holiday - and stay safe. Read More...
Ride the Rail to Texas Bowl
The Texas Bowl is coming up, and if you're gearing up to enjoy the game, here's one way to make it easier: Ride METRORail . The fourth annual Texas Bowl will showcase the University of Missouri Tigers playing against the U.S. Navy Midshipmen at Read More...
New Bus Shelters Popping Up
For those who have been taking the bus this past week in the rain and chilly temperatures, you will be glad to know that METRO has installed 10 new bus shelters since October. It's part of a new bus-shelter program in which the agency will install Read More...
FTA Advances University Corridor Project
METRO can now move forward with engineering activities on the University Line with the Federal Transit Administration 's approval Tuesday of the Preliminary Engineering (PE) phase of the FTA's New Starts program. That's good news for METRO. Read More...
METRO Staff Rescues Stray Kitten
Around the holidays, office workers often bring in seasonal decorations, gifts and baked goods. Yesterday, two co-workers brought in a kitten that quickly attracted attention. The stray feline was sighted on Tuesday scurrying under the giant METRO transformer Read More...
Avoiding Holiday Hits
This is the season for goodwill...and for many of us, that means buying holiday gifts for friends and families. With your hands full of shopping bags, it's easy to get distracted, especially if you're texting while riding a bus or train. Remember: Read More...
Need Extra Cash? Try Public Transit
In these tight economic times, you may be searching for new ways to save money, especially if you find yourself spending more to buy gifts this holiday season. Try public transit. People who ride public transportation save on average $9,171 every year. Read More...
A Bus Can Be Your Safe Haven
If you're ever in trouble and need to escape a dangerous situation, flag down a METRO bus and hop on. A METRO bus operator will drive you to safety and call for help. It's part of our Safe Haven program. That's what happened last Tuesday morning Read More...
Introducing a Rogue's Gallery
Go to our home page today, and you'll notice on the upper left-hand side an animated flash of prison bars and the word "Arrested" that's stamped on the image as you hear a prison door slam shut. Click it, and you'll be directed to Read More...
Watch the Chief on TV
Just how safe is our transit system? It's widespread and stretches across 1,200 square miles in Houston, Harris County and beyond. Millions of commuters board our buses and trains every day. The good news: Our crime rate has declined over the past Read More...
Feds Want Control of Light-rail Safety
Last June's deadly train crash in the Washington metro area was a wake-up call, said the nation's top transportation official. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood testified before Congress yesterday, calling on lawmakers to pass the Public Read More...
Global Warming and You
World leaders are gathering at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen for the next 10 days to formulate solutions to global warming. This current decade is expected to be the warmest on record and this year probably the fifth hottest, according Read More...
Bikes and Buses: A Winning Combination
More and more of our customers are getting where they need to go by combining a bike ride with a bus ride. Our latest stats show that November recorded 5 percent more boardings than the previous month with 7,092 boardings. We've been experiencing Read More...
Outbound Park & Ride Buses Leaving Early
It's snowing in Houston. That rarity means hazardous road conditions and early closings for many companies. METRO will start early outbound Park & Ride service, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The frequency will be as close to the normal frequency for Read More...
Transit-Oriented Development in the Big D
Dallas will soon be getting its first transit-oriented development at Hebron 121 Station. The train station will be part of a 427-acre city reinvestment zone near Interstate 35-E and State Highway 121 bypass, according to the Dallas Morning News . Huffines Read More...
A Dog, a Video and an Arrest
Dog owners everywhere agree that a dog is man's best friend. Our four-legged police officers are also best friends to our men and women in blue. The latest brave act occurred on Nov. 23 when Christopher Sean Burks was arrested and charged with two Read More...
An Electric Car That Plugs in Like a Hairdryer
Imagine driving an electric car that looks more like a spaceship from a sci-fi movie - and doesn't use a drop of fuel. Instead, you just plug it into a wall outlet like you would a hairdryer - charge it overnight with electricity provided by Reliant Read More...