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July 2010 - Posts

METRO Receives FTA Approval on University Line
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has given final approval of the environmental review process on METRO's University light-rail line. Called a Record of Decision , this milestone on this 11.3-mile project means that METRO can continue to work Read More...
METRO Executive Honored as Emerging Leader
What makes a good leader? Ask Kimberly Williams. The chief administrative officer for METRO Solutions recently won the prestigious industry award, Emerging Leader of the Year , from the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO). She was Read More...
"Buy America" Rule: Our Response to FTA
Today, we are releasing the latest correspondence between METRO and the Federal Transit Administration on its investigation into METRO's rail car purchase and adherence to "Buy America" provisions. Click here to read the four documents. Read More...
District Attorney Clears METRO
The Harris County District Attorney's office has notified METRO that it has found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, following a nearly five-month investigation of alleged document destruction at the agency. Click here to read the press release and Read More...
Meet the Blonde in the Hard Hat: Owner of a Construction Crew Building the Rail
Occasionally, this blog publishes posts from guest bloggers. Today, we are featuring a piece written by METRO's Margaret O'Brien-Molina, who does media relations at METRO Solutions. Below is her post. Building a rail line is tough work. Just ask Read More...
Commemorative Rail Tickets to Soccer Game
If you're one of the thousands of fans headed to this Wednesday's 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star game , riding METRORail to get to Reliant Station is a great way to beat traffic snarls. We're selling commemorative METRO money for this special Read More...
Tight Economy Produces Long Commutes
How long does your commute take every day? Mine takes about 45 minutes, door-to-door, and involves a car and a train. But the recession is forcing many workers to take on super-long commutes - three hours a day, or even five hours a day. In the past, Read More...
METRO Board Approves New Real Estate Contract, More Buses
METRO's Board of Directors voted today to scrub the current real estate contract with McDade, Smith Gould, Johnston, Mason & Co. and enter into a new contract with the firm that meets the new METRO's standards. METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia Read More...
Agenda for Board Meeting
Tomorrow, METRO's Board of Directors is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m., instead of the usual 1 p.m. Here are some items that will be on the agenda: A vote on the $53 million purchase of 100 buses from Diamler Bus North America , as part of our on-going Read More...
Tweeting & E-mailing While in the Skies
Imagine flying on an airline, sending an e-mail to that airline to complain about a sandwich you were just served and while in flight, getting a substitute meal. That's what happened recently to a passenger on Virgin America . The e-mail went to a Read More...
Bikers Celebrate New Train Hours
Before dawn this morning, about 20 bikers gathered at the UH-Downtown platform to board a METRORail car, celebrating our expanded hours in which bikes are allowed on trains. Members of BikeHouston and METRO's cycling club wheeled their bikes on board, Read More...
METRO Expands Hours for Bikes on Trains
METRO is expanding its bikes-on-train policy next Monday. The agency is working with BikeHouston to make our trains more bike-friendly. Here are the new weekday hours when bikes are permitted on the train: 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. After Read More...
View METRO Matters: Training Our Drivers
If you've never driven anything bigger than a subcompact, do you think you could learn to maneuver a 40-foot bus in Houston's traffic? You could if you were hired as a bus operator here. Listen to our latest edition of METRO Matters , as Santiago Read More...
Rare Flower to Bloom Any Minute
A rare "corpse flower" at the The Houston Museum of Natural Science will bloom any minute - and you can see it yourself by taking the Red Line to the museum. The train fare is only $1.25, and you can avoid the hassle of parking. The museum is Read More...
The Skinny on Public Transit
Taking public transit is not only good for the environment and your wallet, a new study shows it's also good for your waistline. Researchers at the Urban Environmental Studies Program at Drexel University recently completed a study that found people Read More...
South Point Park & Ride Expands
South Point residents have reason to rejoice if they work at the Texas Medical Center. Officials today celebrated the completion of METRO's expansion of the South Point Park & Ride lot. Hundreds of commuters ride the 297 South Point/Monroe route Read More...
Russians Check Out METROLift Services
Olga Sergeeva leaned across the table at a METRO conference room and said, "People with disabilities in this country are lucky to be born in this country." She was one of four Russian visitors who visited METRO today on a fact-finding tour of Read More...
Cooling Buses a Hit
Our two cooling buses were a hit on the Fourth of July's Freedom Over Texas event, the city of Houston's official celebration. "We were very fortunate that the weather gave us a break. There were thousands of festival-goers, and METRO had Read More...
Cars + Phones = Distracted Driving
Every year, distracted driving kills thousands of people. In 2008, 5,870 people were killed in crashes involving distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration . Distracted driving includes texting, talking on a cell Read More...
More Discounts with Q Star Program
Your Q Card has just gotten more valuable. Four new merchants have signed on to the METRO Q Star program - the program that gives freebies and discounts to holders of a METRO Q® Fare Card. Post Oak Grill Downtown , under the Center Point building Read More...
Celebrate Freedom Over Texas with Us
While firecrackers are crackling and the celebration of our nation's independence is sizzling, stay cool - and dry - on two METRO cooling buses. Houston's official 4 th of July party at Eleanor Tinsley Park on Allen Parkway is the location of Read More...
Vigo, METRO's K9, Back in Fine Form
Vigo, our K9 officer who underwent knee surgery a few months ago, is back on the job fighting crime. Here's a report from his handler, MPD Officer John Wiggins : "Officer Vigo is doing fantastic. Vigo has returned to full duty with no limitations Read More...