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September 2010 - Posts

Lost & Found Moving to RideStore
Misplaced keys, backpacks, sunglasses, iPods....now any item you lose or misplace on a bus or train that's turned in will find its way to our Lost & Found department inside our RideStore at 1900 Main. Starting Monday, Oct. 4, our Lost & Found Read More...
Paying More to Move Faster
Most of us know that if we want a Saturday night date at the movies, it's going to cost more than a Saturday morning date. Tickets cost about $5 more during prime movie time. That concept is called dynamic pricing. Prices vary according to traffic. Read More...
METRO Board Passes Budget
The METRO Board of Directors passed the proposed FY2011 budget that reflects austerity measures and about $430 million less than the previous year's budget. The fiscal year, which starts Friday, will now have an operating budget of $354.9 million; Read More...
Making Your Car a No-Phone Zone with Software
It's a daily routine for most of us: Slide into your car, snap the seatbelt into the buckle, and make sure your cell phone is sitting within easy reach. When you hear the ping of an in-coming text, how many of us can resist not picking up that mobile Read More...
Watch Budget Hearing on Live Streaming Video
Our budget hearing scheduled for today at 12 noon will be streamed live. Click here to watch METRO President & CEO George Greanias present the proposed FY2011 budget. We'd love to hear from you about this - please post your comments below. Read More...
Complete FY2011 Budget Now Posted
How would you like to call METRO for a bus schedule and hold for less than 60 seconds? Or know that when you request information, you'll get a response within 24 to 48 hours - along with a reason why a decision is being made. Those are two of our Read More...
METRO Matters: How Hot Spots & Report Cards Make You Safer
Hot spots, report cards and radios. What do they have in common? Those are all factors METRO's police and safety department is working on to make our huge transit system safer for you. Watch the latest edition of METRO Matters and hear Chief of Police Read More...
Sample Black-and-White Bus Schedules
Here are two samples of a proposed black-and-white bus schedule with larger font size. Read More...
From Color to Black-and-White
We are thinking of changing the look of our bus schedules. Instead of red brochures for local routes and blue brochures for Park & Ride, we are considering switching all the brochures to black-and-white. If we do, we'll be able to print them in-house Read More...
Summit Examines Distracted Driving
It's a two-second turn-off that could save your life. Take two seconds to turn off your cell phone before you drive down the road. That's one of the messages that will be touted at a distracted driving summit this week, hosted by the nation's Read More...
The Greening of Houston
The city's going green...and METRO is helping. Yesterday marked the launch of the Houston Green Office Challenge, a program to encourage property managers and owners of commercial buildings to reduce their use of energy, cut waste, conserve water Read More...
Greanias Becomes New President & CEO
George Greanias, METRO's acting president & CEO since May, was named today the agency's permanent president & CEO. The vote by METRO's board was unanimous. Each board member present commented positively about choosing Greanias as the Read More...
View METRO Board Meeting Now
The METRO board meeting is in progress - right now it's in executive session. Click here to watch it live and tell us what you think. This is our first board meeting that is being streamed live. When the board comes out of executive session, the item Read More...
New METRO Debuts Live Streaming Video
Starting tomorrow, you don't have to trek downtown in the middle of your work day to watch our board meetings. You'll be able to watch the entire meeting live on any computer. We are officially launching live streaming video of our board meetings, Read More...
Back-to-School Ride Store Hours
All students must renew their METRO Q® Fare Card by Sept. 30. To make it easier on students, we're opening our RideStore this Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 to 1 p.m. Students get a 50 percent discount off the regular fare. When you come, it's Read More...
Tell Us What You Think about the Budget
Here is the FY2011 proposed operating budget. Click here to see it. Part A is the Power Point presentation George Greanias, acting president & CEO, made this morning at a finance committee meeting. Part B is the proposed operating budget. Keep scrolling Read More...
Greanias Presents Overview of Proposed New Budget
In a presentation today of the FY2011 proposed budget to the finance committee of METRO's Board of Directors, George Greanias, acting president & CEO, outlined building blocks that will transform the old METRO into the NEW METRO. Click here to Read More...
Q Card Outreach to UH Campus
Our Q Team made Page One of The Daily Cougar yesterday, offering new student METRO Q® Fare Cards and renewing existing ones for hundreds of students on the University of Houston main campus. It was all part of the Q Team's tour of college campuses Read More...
Text Us Your Answer
If you haven't participated in our survey on train frequency, you can now text your answer. For the first time, METRO is using texting as a way to get your input. METRO is analyzing whether to run two-car trains on weekdays from 4:30 a.m. to 7:30 Read More...
FTA Releases "Buy America" Findings
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) released its findings today on whether METRO followed federal "Buy America" requirements and procurement laws for the purchase of rail cars. Click below to read the following documents: Letter from FTA Read More...
George Greanias: The Man for the Job
In case you missed yesterday's profile in the Houston Chronicle, a piece by reporter Mike Snyder gives an in-depth look at METRO's Acting President & CEO George Greanias and his strategy of leading our agency. The 62-year-old former management Read More...
Wear a Wristband to the Football Game
This weekend's Rice vs.Texas game, you can avoid long lines by buying and wearing a wristband to ride the rail. You can buy a wristband this Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Main Street Station or Fannin South Station. The cost is $2.50 roundtrip Read More...
Timing is Everything
Would you rather wait nine minutes for the next train - and then get a seat when you hop on? Or wait six minutes and perhaps stand once you board? We are trying to make our train service both efficient and convenient for our customers, and we want to Read More...
Roadmap to Building the New METRO
A month before METRO begins its new fiscal year, Acting President & CEO George Greanias outlined his strategy for building a new METRO - one that includes using the agency's assets wisely and controlling - not necessarily cutting - costs. Greanias Read More...