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October 2010 - Posts

Customer Care with Some Halloween Scare
Customers who walked into our RideStore today were in for a treat - no tricks - from staffers donned in Halloween gear. Friendly witches with bright smiles, a colorful clown and a devil walked around, answering questions. Death himself walked up to customers Read More...
San Francisco Bike-sharing Program to Launch
By next year at this time, commuters in the San Francisco Bay Area will be able to bike to their destinations in a regional bike-share program where they can check out a bike and ride to any station in the network. The $7.9 million pilot project would Read More...
Customer Care Center To Extend Hours
It's almost midnight, you live in the Heights and you want to know how to get to the Galleria the next day by bus. Your computer is down, and you decide to call our information center. Starting next Monday, if you make that call, a live person will Read More...
How Was Your Ride Today?
Back when I was in high school, we received report cards every six weeks. Good students looked forward to seeing their accomplishments, bad students dreaded report cards. Now, we're giving you a chance to give us a report card every day. If you commute Read More...
METRO Reduces, Suspends Contracts
METRO President & CEO George Greanias told his board of directors yesterday that the agency had suspended or reduced 121 supply and engineering contracts until additional funds are available. Greanias referred to a letter he had sent to the board's Read More...
Board Member Honored Upon Exit
Jackie L. Freeman, METRO board member for eight years, was honored at today's board meeting. Appointed to the board in 2002 as Harris County's representative , Freeman was the subject of a board resolution recognizing his achievements. His term Read More...
On-Demand, Real-Time Ride Sharing
A college campus in Ireland has successfully created a carpooling model that offers on-demand, real-time ride sharing - and pays the driver for offering an empty seat to a passenger. The Avego Project at University College Cork began in July 2009, triggered Read More...
Train Service to be Interrupted
This weekend, be prepared for a change in train service. Starting at 5 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 until 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, two-car trains will run only on the northbound track between Smith Lands and Hermann Park/Rice University stations. The reason? Read More...
Boo! Meet You at the Zoo for Halloween Fun
Join the fun at The Houston Zoo 's annual Zoo Boo , where young and old can march in the Costume Parade or pick and paint a pumpkin. This year, the zoo is introducing Zoo Boo on Friday mornings, so you can beat the crowd. Today was its debut - and Read More...
Hero on Wheels: A Brave Act on the Freeway
Carolyn Durst is a hero - at least to a busload of passengers enroute to their downtown jobs. On Sept. 30, Durst was driving a Monroe Park & Ride bus northbound on the HOV lane on I-45 when she saw a flash of red out of the corner of her eye. It was Read More...
METRO Board Gets New Member
The METRO Board of Directors has a new member today. Gary Stobb, P.E., was sworn in this morning by Chairman Gilbert Garcia , becoming the ninth board director. Stobb replaces Jackie Freeman whose term expired this year. Stobb is director of engineering Read More...
Fastest Growing Commuting Mode is Close to Home
The fastest growing commuting mode is the "work at home" model, according to the recently released 2009 American Community Survey data. That's been the trend for the past 30 years - and it continues to be so. Technology has been driving Read More...
Nabbing the Bad Guys
This was a bad week for criminals scouting our Park & Ride lots . The Houston Police Department's Auto Theft Task Force - whose members come from different law enforcement agencies, including MPD - made several key arrests, thanks to diligent Read More...
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Airs This Sunday
This Sunday, be sure to tune in to ABC/Channel 13 to catch the Houston episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition . Last summer, METRO played a key role in keeping crew and volunteers cool and dry, despite the summer humidity and rains. While you won't Read More...
NYPD Transit Using Stand-up Scooters
Police in the NYPD Transit Bureau are turning heads as they patrol the Big Apple's subway system standing on three-wheeled scooters. The agency has been using four T3 transporters at major underground subway complexes, according to the New York Daily Read More...
Marketing Department Wins Award
METRO's marketing department once again showed its winning streak by snagging a top award of the transit industry. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) awarded METRO its prestigious AdWheel Award, honoring it as a Grand Winner in Read More...
Keeping METRO in a State of Good Repair
Two of METRO's oldest bus operating facilities will soon be getting new roofs, thanks to a grant from the Federal Transit Administration's State of Good Repair program. METRO will receive $2.9 million to repair the roofs of Kashmere and Hiram Read More...
Check Out Our Bomb Squad, Robot & K-9 Force
When you get home tomorrow night, get some lawn chairs out, throw some burgers on the grill and meet your neighbors. It's National Night Out in Texas - a night out against crime. The crime/drug prevention event is sponsored by the National Association Read More...
Business Booms at HCC/Ensemble Stop
You never know what you'll encounter when you take public transit. Meet Lacy. This week, along the rail line, the horse has been grazing in a fenced yard, an easy stone's throw away from the Red Line at Ensemble/HCC. "A lot of people think Read More...