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June 2010 - Posts

Houston's Commute Among World's Most Painful
Pity the poor motorists who sit stuck in traffic in Beijing, Mexico City or Johannesburg. Houston drivers, you don't have it as bad as those cities - but we did make it to the list of top 20 cities with the worse commutes, reports wired.com . A survey Read More...
Two More Vendors Added to Q Star Discounts
Two more merchants have joined our Q Star program , offering discounts if you show your Q Fare Card or a METRO rail ticket. Cliff's Grill , a hamburger shop at 6605 Main St., is giving away a free cookie with the purchase of a combo. Disembark at Read More...
Future Leaders Learn About METRO and Skills Needed to Lead Agency
George Greanias , METRO's acting president & CEO, stood before a group of bright high school seniors this morning and joked that he looked like a rock star wearing a wireless headset and microphone. Then he gave a brief overview of how METRO works Read More...
Creating Tomorrow's Leaders
Despite being 30 percent of the population, minorities only make up three percent of top leaders at corporations, nonprofits and entrepreneurial ventures. But there's a national group out to change that and bring diversity into the corner suites. Read More...
METRO's 2009 Annual Report Online Now
Our latest annual report has just been posted today. The 2009 annual report covers the period from Oct. 1, 2008 to Sept. 30, 2009. Our comprehensive annual financial report gives snapshots of FY09, along with accomplishments of the past five years. For Read More...
New Board Promises Transparency
Check out the latest issue of Southwest Village News. An article on METRO details new ways METRO is becoming more transparent and customer-friendly. At the last board meeting, George Greanias, METRO's acting president & CEO, told how one woman Read More...
Show Your Q Card for Bigger Zoo Discount
The Houston Zoo's long-standing discount of $1 has just doubled to $2 for adults. And kids now qualify for a $1 discount if you show a METRO fare item. That adds up. For a family with two youngsters, you can save $6 simply by showing each member's Read More...
Beyond the Motor City
A PBS documentary that examines how America's investment in autos and highways shaped our cities at the cost of public transit was recently viewed at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston , followed by a panel discussion on how to foster mass transit here. Read More...
METRO Receiving New Hybrid Buses
If you step on a bus and it smells like a new bus, you are probably on one of our new Orion 40-foot, low-floor hybrid buses. METRO is in the midst of receiving 80 new Orions. So far, 33 buses have been delivered. Of those, 20 will operate out of our Hiram Read More...
Discounts & Freebies....Only with the Q Card
Everybody likes a good deal - and now we have one more reason why you shouldn't leave home without your METRO Q Fare Card. We've just started the Q Star program in which you can get discounts and freebies - but only if you show your Q Card. Click Read More...
PlanetEye Features METRORail
If you're traveling this summer, check out PlanetEye Traveler , an online travel magazine. It recently touted Houston's METRORail as a great way to see the sights - from museums to clubs to theatre. Read more here . Read More...
The Rehabilitation of METRO
Check out today’s Houston Chronicle about METRO leaders working hard to rebrand the agency's image. The mantra around the agency: transparency, openness, customer service. Read more here. Read More...
Dump the Pump Day
With the Deepwater Horizon rig gushing tens of thousands of oil everyday into the Gulf of Mexico, it is a graphic reminder of how we need to wean ourselves from our dependence on oil. Today is national Dump the Pump Day - a day in which transit agencies Read More...
Hats Off to Top Small Businesses
The sounds of jazz alternated with rock & roll at a recent gala event recognizing the top small-business contractors doing business on METRO's light-rail projects. About 100 small-business owners last Thursday attended the dinner at Kim Son , Read More...
How Safe is Your Car?
When's the last time you received a report card? This week, if you find a flyer under your windshield wiper, don't throw it away. The METRO police are issuing report cards at various Park & Ride lots, letting you know if you've passed Read More...
D.C. Trains to Get Electronic Safety Checks
If you're headed to Washington this summer and plan to ride the train, it should soon be much safer. Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority said it is launching a sophisticated safety tracking system next month that will eliminate its old manual Read More...
METRO Responds to FTA's Questions on "Buy America"
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) had a list of questions in requests dated May 27, 2010, and June 3, 2010, asking about our compliance with the "Buy America" provisions concerning rail car purchases. Click here to read METRO's answers Read More...
SEPTA: World's Toughest Fix
Tune in to National Geographic's TV show, World's Toughest Fixes tonight, and you'll be able to see how the nation's fifth biggest transit system works round-the-clock to keep its tracks running smoothly. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Read More...
Bids, Bonds and Business
The room this morning was packed with 41 attentive listeners - all small business owners learning how to do business with METRO. Mary Groves, director of procurement, answered questions on everything from bids to bonds. "You have to be responsive Read More...
Africa's First High-speed Train Welcomes World Cup Fans
The continent's first high-speed train opened today - just in time to transport the thousands of fans arriving for the month-long World Cup in Johannesburg. About 300,000 foreign visitors are expected during the tournament, with most of them arriving Read More...
Learn How to Do Business with METRO
Ever wonder who supplies the paper clips to METRO? Or toilet paper? Or tires for the buses? If you're a small business owner who has always wanted to do business with METRO, but your eyes glaze over at the dozens of forms you need to fill out in order Read More...
The Smell of Coffee All the Time
Most people think of murals as giant art on a wall. But take a look at Jesse Sifuentes' mural. It's a mural-in-the-round that gives a snapshot of East End neighborhood history. Still untitled, the artwork is a coffee cart with about 175 mugs - Read More...
South Point Park & Ride Lot Expanded
If you commute to the Texas Medical Center , your journey just got easier. We've doubled the parking capacity at our South Point Park & Ride lot , adding 390 spots, along with upgrading the lot's lighting and drainage system. The lot serves Read More...
METRO Settles Lloyd Kelley Lawsuit
METRO's Board of Directors agreed today to settle the Lloyd Kelley lawsuit. Kelley, a former city councilman, city controller and a local attorney, had sued METRO, alleging that METRO had illegally shredded documents related to Kelley's Open Records Read More...
Hurricane Season Starts Today
Mention the names Ike , Rita or Katrina , and those of us who were living in Houston since 2005 can recall the snail-paced traffic of evacuees and the devastating damage after the hurricanes. This year, be prepared to meet Alex, Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Read More...