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August 2010 - Posts

Kiosk Offers Touch-screen Transit Info
Walk into Amazon's building in Seattle and you'll see a one-of-a-kind touch-screen kiosk that offers real-time info on transit services and amenities. Touch the screen and you'll be able to see real-time arrivals of city buses, its routes, Read More...
Back to School with METRO's Q Team
A back-to-school blitz by METRO has resulted in hundreds of students getting their METRO Q® Fare Cards renewed on campus or getting processed for new ones. "The students were very, very appreciative," said Nicole Adler, revenue marketing Read More...
Dirty Laundry, Seat Hogs....and Anxious Passengers
I am tired of saying, "Excuse me." For the past two days, as I was getting off the Red Line , anxious, in-a-hurry riders were standing inches away from the doors, ready to step on the train. I was trying to disembark, but there were always one Read More...
Buy a Wristband for Saturday's Football Game
Big crowds are expected at this weekend's first home pre-season game between rivals the Texans and the Cowboys - and now we're making it easier for you to ride the rail to get to and from that game. Instead of waiting to tap your Q Card to get Read More...
Free Classes on Construction Skills
A new job-training program that will teach construction skills was launched today at a news conference led by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee at the Latino Learning Center on Polk Street. Called Workready Houston, the comprehensive program was inspired Read More...
China's Mega Traffic Jam
You think Houston's traffic jams are brutal? Be grateful you're not stuck in Beijing traffic where the world's second biggest economy is in the midst of a 10-day traffic jam. Yes, you read that right - 10 days. The giant tie-up stretches 60 Read More...
METRO Rider Enjoys Q Star Program
Occasionally, this blog publishes guest posts. Today is a post from Dominick Mazoch, a frequent commentator on this blog and a transit buff. The native Houstonian works full-time as a paramedic. He served on the Transportation Advisory Group in the late Read More...
Service Changes Coming
This Sunday, METRO is changing some of its bus service to improve reliability and efficiency. These changes include adjusting trip times, adding service or eliminating trips to match ridership. No entire route will be discontinued. On the 82 Westheimer-West Read More...
How Well is METRO Following the Rules?
Back in April , the METRO board voted to hire the law firm Fulbright & Jaworski to analyze our policies and procedures to see if they are conforming to Texas law. The 26-page report was presented to the board today at the monthly board meeting by Read More...
Q Star Program Shines Brighter
More restaurants, shops and now a theatre are joining our Q Star discount program. The next time you shop or eat near the Red Line - remember to flash your Q Card for a discount. Here are the latest additions: Art Supply on Main - 20 percent off supplies Read More...
METRO Reconfigures Trains for Bikes
If you rode the train today, you may have hopped on one of the 11 cars that was modified over the weekend to accommodate bicycles. Four seats (two benches) were removed on the "A" end of the car and four seats on the "B" end - for Read More...
Clearing the Track
METRO's new administration wants to build on a recent run of good news. Click here to read yesterday's editorial in the Houston Chronicle. Read More...
METRO Offers Extreme Relief for Extreme Makeover
When the Extreme Makeover television crew descended on Houston's Third Ward to give one very lucky family a rebuilt house, the weather here was typical for summers in this city built on a former swamp: torrential afternoon rains, humidity to rival Read More...
Sheila Jackson Lee Visits METRO
U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is always looking for ways to make sure our roads, buses and rail are safe - and today, she toured METRO with the top administrator from the Transportation Security Administration for a briefing. Jackson Lee is chair Read More...
Where Should Transit Dollars Be Spent?
Our region's population has outpaced the dollars used to build and maintain our roadways. And now, the Houston-Galveston Area Council wants your opinion on what should be done next. Should we find new funding sources? Change or cut the number of planned Read More...
METRO Police Marked as Prestigious "Flagship Agency"
The METRO Police Department (MPD) has just been awarded "Flagship Agency" status, along with being re-accredited after passing a rigorous review by its credentialing agency. That makes MPD one of only five transit agencies in the nation that Read More...
Paris to Launch Electric Car-Sharing System
The City of Lights has plans to launch the world's largest electric car-sharing system in an effort to cut down on traffic, pollution and car ownership. It's an ambitious plan, but officials in Paris say it's a natural follow-up to its decade Read More...