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January 2010 - Posts

Rapping for Riders
In a novel twist to attract riders, METRO's rolling out its first rap video. Modeled after the Beastie Boys , our rap group, the Transit Boyz , talks of the benefits of METRO. It's the M-E-T-R to the O The buses and the trains Keep you on the Read More...
Grand Opening of Energy Corridor Connector
About 100 people gathered today at the new Kendall Neighborhood Library and Community Center in west Houston to celebrate the launch of METRO's new 75 Energy Corridor Connector service. TV reporter Jennifer Reyna of KPRC-TV, Channel 2 emceed the event Read More...
Texting Banned for Commercial Bus, Truck Drivers
Commercial bus and truck drivers who text while driving will face stiff fines, according to new federal guidelines effective immediately. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood 's summit on distracted driving last fall promised to take specific steps Read More...
Environmental Impact of University Corridor
METRO has published the University Corridor's Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) , a milestone document that will help secure federal money to build Houston's light-rail line from the Hillcroft Transit Center to the Eastwood Transit Center. Read More...
METRO Launches Energy Corridor Connector
METRO has joined the Energy Corridor District to launch today new bus service: the 75 Energy Corridor Connector. The service will run along Eldridge Parkway between Interstate 10 and Richmond, providing employees and residents in the Energy Corridor District Read More...
The Trains at Night
Ever wonder what happens to the trains at night? When our trains have finished their last run, our rail maintenance crew jumps into action - cleaning rail cars, sweeping tracks, maintaining systems and making sure everything functions smoothly - from Read More...
METRO Q® Card Outreach to Medical Students
Yesterday, we set up an on-site METRO Q® Fare Card center right in the middle of the Texas Medical Center campus where students grab a bite to eat - the John P. McGovern Commons. About 100 students - mostly medical ones - came through to learn about Read More...
E-Mail, Texting Lure Bus & Train Riders
Travelers who want to text and e-mail while enroute to their destination may be selecting the bus or train, instead of a plane. That's according to a study by the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University. The study found Read More...
Light-rail Construction Opportunities
Whether your company is large or small, there are opportunities for contractors who are interested in doing some work with the light-rail lines we're building. This Thursday, Jan. 21, we're hosting a seminar from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Read More...
MLK Parades Detours & Holiday Hours
As community groups gear up to celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr ., Houstonians can enjoy a plethora of parades this weekend. On Saturday, there's the MLK Grande Parade and the Children's Day Parade. That means Read More...
Marathon to Change Bus, Rail Schedules
This Sunday, more than 26,000 runners will be pounding the streets of Houston in a marathon weekend: the Chevron Houston Marathon , Aramco Houston Half Marathon , El Paso Corporation 5K and Texas Children's Hospital Kids' Fun Run. The expected Read More...
Getting from Houston to Galveston
The next time you want to walk along the ocean, wouldn't it be wonderful to avoid bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-45 South, and instead, hop on a train or rapid bus? This week is your chance to let officials know what you think. Commuter rail, bus rapid Read More...
A Clear Vision for Regional Public Transit
Imagine Houston with 1 million new residents in the next 10 years. That's what experts are predicting, and most of that growth will happen in the suburbs - 20 to 25 miles outside of downtown Houston. So how should we plan public transit that connects Read More...
Keeping Our Riders Warm on a Frigid Night
While temperatures dipped into the low 20s last night, METRO worked hard to keep customers from shivering. Thursday night and into this afternoon, about 1,000 patrons climbed aboard METROLift vans , which were parked at our 18 transit centers with the Read More...
Brrrr.....It's Getting Cold Outside
If you're planning to wrap your pipes and cover your plants tonight, you know that temperatures tomorrow morning will hover in the low to mid-20s. For commuters, shivering outside in the bitter cold can be especially uncomfortable. So METRO is taking Read More...
Hero on Wheels: Quick Medical Help for Riders
He calls himself a policeman without a badge, and the 6-foot-2, 275-pound METRO bus driver has lately helped passengers in a way many would consider heroic. Kenneth Roberson says he's simply doing what he was trained to do: Treat everyone with kindness Read More...
Distracted Driving as Bad as Drunk Driving
Since Ray LaHood became the U.S. Secretary of Transportation last year, he's been championing ways to avoid distracted driving - specifically texting while driving. Click here to view the DOT's new public service announcement on what happens when Read More...
Bikes-on-Bus Boardings on Upward Trend
More METRO customers are stowing their bikes on our bus bike racks each year, continuing a steady trend. December 2009 bike boardings totaled 6,765 boardings - a 47 percent increase from the same month a year ago. December 2007 recorded 902 bike boardings. Read More...