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April 2010 - Posts

Running Out of Money for Highways
A newly released report warns that car travel is outpacing our roadway capacity, and Congress needs to pump new dollars into our network of roads to stave off gridlock. Transportation Reboot: Unlocking Gridlock, by the American Association of State Highway Read More...
Cheap Eats Along the Red Line
No need to brown bag it if you know where to go on the Red Line for lunch spots that are delicious and inexpensive. Just ask Bobby Moon, manager of audit-contracts here. The unofficial "King of Cheap Eats," Moon eats out five days a week - and Read More...
The Anti-METRO Kool-Aid
Robert Muhammad has written an interesting perspective on what is happening here at METRO with recent media reports on lawsuits and allegations. Read his blog, The Connect the Dots Crew Blog. Full disclosure: Muhammad is a consultant to METRO, in addition Read More...
Restoring Public Confidence
METRO's Chairman of the Board announced yesterday that an investigation into allegations of improper spending by METRO President & CEO Frank J. Wilson is complete and no evidence of impropriety was found. Last month, METRO hired UHY Advisors , Read More...
Celebrate and Protect Our Earth
From coast to coast today, transit agencies are observing Earth Day. In San Francisco, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) is unveiling a new pedal power program where police use bicycles to patrol. In Albany, New York, anyone wearing green today Read More...
Financial Help for Small Businesses
If you are the owner of a small business located along one of our proposed rail corridors we're building, here's good news. Today, we've launched the Business Assistance Fund, a grant designed to help small businesses during the construction Read More...
East End Light Rail Gets Pavement
The East End light-rail line is shaping up with the first installation of permanent concrete pavement last Thursday. Work began last week at Harrisburg Boulevard and Oakhurst Street. Reytec , a paving subcontractor to Houston Rapid Transit (HRT) poured Read More...
Our Response to KHOU-TV
You may have seen last night the report on METRO that aired on KHOU-TV/Channel 11. It was distorted and plain wrong. Here's our response from George Smalley, vice president of communications and marketing. Read More...
Earning Rewards by Going Green
Imagine earning prizes and rewards by sharing a ride with another adult. That's exactly what you do by joining a free rewards program that offers incentives to go green. NuRide says it's the nation's biggest rewards program for people who Read More...
No Rail Service This Weekend
If you've got weekend plans downtown, listen up: There will be no rail service from 8 p.m. Friday until 2 p.m. Sunday. Not to worry, though. We will still get you where you would have gone via METRORail. We'll have bus shuttles along the way to Read More...
Join Us on Fresh Air Friday
Instead of tossing that plastic water bottle into the trash, consider recycling it. If you do, you've just saved 100 to 1,000 years of landfill space. You can find out more easy tips like this to make your environment - and the air around you cleaner Read More...
Vintage Steam Train Tours Houston
The last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad is on tour today at Amtrak until 8 p.m. - the first time on tour in this area. Steam Locomotive No. 844 was delivered in 1944 and became known as Union Pacific's "Living Legend." Read More...
Where's the Next Bus? Techies Devise Answers
It all started with a simple question: Where's the bus? Now, Boston commuters on the city's busiest bus route can enjoy their ice cream cones at a popular neighborhood ice cream shop and get real-time arrivals. It all started with two young employees Read More...
Crackdown on Distracted Driving
Put it down! That's the message the federal government is touting these days as it works hard to stop distracted driving. Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the launch of two pilot programs to increase law enforcement efforts Read More...
New Board Members Asked to Shape City's Future
Five new METRO board members were sworn in today by Mayor Annise Parker , who predicted they had some heavy lifting to do in their new posts. "Literally, the future is in your hands - what this city looks like, how this city moves," said Parker, Read More...
Interactive "Smart" Map Garners Award for TranStar
Houston TranStar won an award today for its interactive, Web-based map. The multi-government consortium that provides transportation and emergency management services to southeast Texas developed an interactive, real-time map to coordinate the evacuation Read More...
New Board Members to be Sworn In
New METRO board members appointed by Mayor Annise Parker are scheduled to be sworn in at a special board meeting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7. The new appointees are: Position One - Gilbert Andrew Garcia, chairman. Position Two - Allen Dale Watson Read More...
Accessible Buses, Trains for People with Disabilities
A blog reader recently e-mailed a question: "Does Houston METRO offer handicapped services for persons in wheelchairs?" "Absolutely," says Mary Ann Dendor, ADA ( Americans with Disabilities Act ) administrator. "Yes, METRO offers Read More...
METRO Bucks National Trend of Downsizing
Public transit agencies nationwide are experiencing a severe financial crisis, replete with service cuts, fare hikes and layoffs. A survey released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) , a trade group, says that since January Read More...