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March 2010 - Posts

Staying Safe Here When Russian Bombings Occur
This morning, the second bombing attack in a week occurred in Russia. Suicide bombings killed at least a dozen people, including nine police officers, according to UPI. On Monday, suicide bombers targeted the Moscow subway system during morning rush hour, Read More...
METRO's Extreme Makeover
You may have seen the Houston Chronicle's Sunday op-ed piece by METRO Chairman David Wolff, recounting the remarkable strides METRO has made in the past six years. Six years ago, METRO faced stiff challenges. As it struggled to obtain federal funds Read More...
Your Opinion Counts
When you're riding the rail or standing at a bus stop, how safe do you feel? When you encounter one of our police officers, are they courteous and helpful? Share your opinion by taking our police survey. I just took it, and timed myself - finished Read More...
METRO Matters Show Explains Art of Asking
How do I get from Point A to Point B? That may seem like a simple question when you're looking for the correct bus to take you where you need to go, but there are ways to make the process easier when you call our Customer Information Center. Watch Read More...
Ice Cream and Energy
Snicker bars, fudge bombs and ice cream sandwiches were the lure to draw workers out of their cubicles today and into the lobby of Ashford Place 7 , to learn about the 75 Energy Corridor Connector . Today was one of three socials this week planned to Read More...
Bus Driver Hero Recovering from Stroke
The day he was featured as a "Hero on Wheels" on this blog, bus operator Kenneth Roberson suffered a stroke. Today, he called me to express his thanks for all the good wishes and prayers readers and riders offered during his recuperation. "I'm Read More...
An Award-winning, Winsome Grandma
Abuelita - the Hispanic grandmother character we created to promote METRO - has garnered top honors from the American Marketing Association/Houston . We won first place in the transportation category on March 15. We were one of eight finalists among 40 Read More...
Comparing METRO to Other Agencies
You may have seen the full-page color ad in yesterday's Houston Chronicle about how our service is growing while transit agencies from coast to coast are shrinking services. Consider the following: In New York, the MTA New York City Transit is preparing Read More...
Trip Added to 217 Cypress
Good news for commuters from Cypress: We are adding a trip to help ease the jam-packed buses in the morning. Starting Monday, March 15, we are adding a 6:52 inbound trip. We are also adjusting trip times. Click here to see the new trip and adjusted times. Read More...
Hero on Wheels: Bus Driver Rescues Cop
Jose Reyna thought it would be a routine night at the grocery store with his wife. Instead, he became a hero and was honored last week by the Houston Police Department. Reyna helped the victim of a purse-snatching - and rescued a plainclothes, off-duty Read More...
Suburban Warrior Loves His Bus Buddies
For 14 years, Ian Yanagisawa has been riding a METRO Park & Ride bus - and for about the last eight years, he's been commuting downtown on the 274 Westchase/Gessner . That's logging a lot of miles - enough for the environmental engineer at Read More...
Commuters Take More than 10 Billion Trips
Despite the economic recession, commuters continue to ride public transit. Last year, Americans took more than 10 billion trips on public transportation. That marks the fourth consecutive year of more than 10 billion trips, according to the American Public Read More...
Sweet Tooth? Q Card Yields Sweet Desserts
Those of you who use your METRO Q® Fare Card every day know the convenience of tapping to board the bus or train. No more digging for change, or searching for bent paper tickets. Now, there's another fringe benefit of having a Q. Dine at Julia's Read More...
Keeping Our Patrons Safe
Tomorrow, if you're riding the rail to the rodeo, rest assured that we will be doing our best to make sure you have a safe commute. While thousands of rodeo-goers are expected to take the Red Line to Reliant Park to attend the Houston Livestock Show Read More...
Need More Cash? Try This Idea
In these tough economic times, all of us are looking for ways to save money. Here's one way you can save thousands of dollars a year. Ride the bus to work. Transit commuters can save on average $9,215 every year, according to research conducted by Read More...
Building Passenger Rail in America
High-speed rail has captured headlines recently with the Obama administration earmarking $8 billion in stimulus funds toward high-speed rail in California, Florida and Illinois. In fact, nine out of 10 Americans say high-speed rail would be a long-distance Read More...
Catch a Ride to the Rodeo
It's rodeo time, and if you're planning on kicking up your boots at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo , you can avoid traffic jams by riding METRO. Drive to the West Loop Park & Ride located at 4675 S. Braeswood (at South Loop). Parking Read More...
METRO's K-9 Officer Wins Awards
She had three minutes to track and locate explosive devices in a giant room cluttered with tables, desks, backpacks and chairs randomly arranged. The four-legged officer wasn't nervous, but her handler was. "They have no idea it's a competition," Read More...