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February 2010 - Posts

Rodeo Causes Route Changes Tomorrow
It's time to rodeo - and if you're planning on watching The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo parade or running in the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run tomorrow, be prepared for some street closures and detours. The ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run includes a Read More...
No Redo's in Real Life
A 16-year-old Arizona teen won a national contest for public service announcements promoting safety while driving. Bethany Brown of Cave Creek, Ariz., beat entrants from Hawaii to Maine. Judges were from the sponsoring organizations - The National Road Read More...
One Businesswoman's Secret to Success
Helen Callier attends almost every METRO board meeting. She reads the METRO Web site, its blog and any news articles on the agency. She even eats at the deli in our administrative building at 1900 Main St. Ask any staffer, and most will assume she works Read More...
Energy Corridor Connector Doubles Ridership
One month after we launched the 75 Energy Corridor Connector , ridership has doubled. The Connector is a local bus service along Eldridge Parkway, between I-10 and Richmond Avenue, with connections to Addicks Park & Ride. It was launched in partnership Read More...
Buy Rail Rodeo Tickets Early
The world's largest livestock exhibition starts in eight days when the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo opens on March 2. One of the best ways to get there is to ride the rail - and this year, you can buy your rail tickets to the rodeo early. Almost Read More...
Winning Warriors and Windowpanes
An ancient Chinese warrior and a futuristic train station reflecting from the window panes of Minute Maid Park captured top honors from the American Advertising Federation Houston . Last Saturday, METRO picked up a silver ADDY in the category of interactive Read More...
METRO Matters TV Show on New Bus Shelters
If you're a regular bus rider on any of our 14 core routes, you may have noticed bus shelters popping up at stops where there was only a pole and sign. We are installing 100 bus shelters this fiscal year as part of a new bus shelter program. Click Read More...
Bunny Line Gets New Station
If you live in the city of Southside Place or West U , now you've got a chance to try METRO's 402 Quickline Bellaire route . We just erected a bus station on Bellaire Boulevard at Stella Link. The station has the same modern style as the other Read More...
METRO Board Meetings Air on HTV
METRO board meetings are now airing on the city of Houston's cable access channel, HTV - Channel 16 on Comcast - every week. If you miss our monthly board meetings, typically held on the third Thursday every month, you can catch it on HTV every Sunday Read More...
Broadway's New Hit: Pedestrians
New York just became a more walkable city. Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said cars will permanently be banned from Broadway. An experiment last year to close off two areas of Broadway resulted in a pedestrian plaza, complete with lounge chairs for Read More...
METRO's K-9 Vigo Recovers Quickly
Vigo, METRO's canine officer who underwent knee surgery Tuesday, is recovering well. Despite some swelling and bruising, the six-year-old Belgium Malinois is resting comfortably at home with his handler, MPD Officer John Wiggins. Wiggins and Vigo Read More...
High-speed Rail in the U.S? Look to China
In his State of the Union address , President Obama proposed that $8 billion be set aside to develop high-speed rail in the United States. That amount seems paltry compared to $88 billion China invested last year in its railways, which now boasts the Read More...
METRO K-9 Undergoes Knee Surgery
An award-winning, crime-fighting dog is undergoing knee surgery this afternoon - a move that will give him many more years on the street as a four-legged officer. Vigo, a Belgian Malinois , suffers from a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) Read More...
Where's the Nearest Bus Stop? Check iPhone App
A former Houstonian has developed an iPhone application that will instantly tell you the nearest METRO bus and rail stops to your current location. Called Ride Houston, the app is designed to make it easier to find the right bus or train. Brian Leonard, Read More...
Board Meetings to Air on HCCTV
Curious about which vendors received a contract from METRO? Or perhaps you want to hear METRO President & CEO Frank J. Wilson's monthly report to the board, summarizing accomplishments. Now you can watch METRO board meetings on Saturdays, 6 a.m. Read More...
METRO to Receive Millions in Obama Budget
When President Obama unveiled on Monday his new budget plan , Houston METRO came out a winner. Two light-rail lines we're building - the North Corridor and the Southeast Corridor - were chosen to receive matching federal dollars - $75 million for Read More...
Slime Mold Grows Good Transit Network
Can the lowly amoeba teach transit planners how to combat congestion and design roads? Apparently so, according to a new report in the journal Science . Researchers at the Hokkaido University in Japan studied the slime mold species Physarum polycephalum Read More...
Electric Bikes: Green Option or Road Nuisance?
While car manufacturers worldwide are busy building electric vehicles, there's another mode of transportation that's also going electric: the bicycle. Today's New York Times calls it an accidental upheaval in which millions of commuters - Read More...