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December 2010 - Posts

Blizzard Cripples Planes, Trains in East
Now is the time of year we love living in Houston . Temperatures dipped to the 40s just in time to feel like winter, try on our new holiday jackets and encourage roasting marshmallows in the fireplace....while our roads remained clear. Pity the residents Read More...
Completing the Streets
The city of Helena - population about 30,000 - has just voted to draft a plan that would make their streets more accessible for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Victorian town, nestled in the foothill of the Montana Rockies, will write guidelines that Read More...
Battery-operated Bus Takes 10 Minutes to Charge
The world's first battery-powered electric bus is rolling on the streets of Los Angeles County , operated by Foothill Transit , the main public transit operator in the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys. The Foothill Transit Ecoliner can drive 30 miles Read More...
Q Star Program Adds Caribbean Flavor
The Q Star program just got better. J'ouvert Caribbean Cafe at 3030 Travis St. is now offering a 10 percent discount if you buy an entrée. Simply show your METRO Q® Fare Card to get the discount. The Q Star program is a free program in Read More...
METRO Settles CAF Contracts for Trains
You have may heard by now that METRO settled with CAF USA Inc. over two disputed contracts for the construction of light-rail cars for its North and Southeast lines. The contracts have been canceled, and CAF will forego any more payments for unpaid work Read More...
Board Extends Transfer Time
You spoke, we listened. The Board of Directors passed a resolution at this morning's meeting that should bring smiles to all of our riders: The window of time for free transfers has been extended to three hours from two hours. The change will become Read More...
Airport Direct to Cut Fare, Change Route
If you're flying out of town for the holidays, you may be planning to take our Airport Direct shuttle to get to the airport. It's fast, convenient and frequent. Next month, we're making some changes that we hope will serve more customers and Read More...
Hero on Wheels: Staying Calm Keeps All Safe
When passengers board Tana McCoy's bus, she looks at them. She really looks at them. She notices what they're wearing, what colors and she reads any writing on the clothes. That attention to detail and calm demeanor made her a Hero on Wheels on Read More...
Good News: METRO to Receive $50 Million for Rail Expansion
The Federal Transit Administration yesterday announced it is releasing grants totaling $50 million for the development of the North and Southeast light-rail lines. The funds will come from the fiscal 2010 federal budget and are expected to be available Read More...
NEW METRO's Blue Santa a Hit with Hospitalized Kids
Santa came early to dozens of young patients at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital . Yesterday afternoon, METRO Blue Santa and his elves -about 50 METRO employees - visited the hospital. Kids who were mobile got to climb on Santa's lap for a Read More...
Blue Santa to Put Smiles on Kids at Memorial Hermann Hospital
METRO's turning blue this weekend to cheer up some very sick kids. METRO Blue Santa and his elves will be riding the METRO Express train, a decorated rail car led by a team of reindeer (disguised as motorcycles). The decorated train will stop on Sunday Read More...
METRORail Interruption This Weekend
If you're riding the rail this weekend, be aware of a service interruption from Friday to Sunday. Service will be interrupted due to construction at Texas Children's Hospital . From Friday, Dec. 10, at 9 p.m. to Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m., two-car Read More...
METRO Matters: George Greanias' Vision for the New METRO
George Greanias , METRO's president & CEO, has been leading the agency since last May. The Rice graduate has been a management consultant, city councilor, city controller, attorney, college professor and published playwright. And now he's Read More...
Reaching Out to Seniors with METRO Perks
This week, seniors have been signing up for a METRO Q® Fare Card , right where they eat and socialize. METRO's Community Outreach, IT and Revenue Collection departments have been making on-site visits to senior centers where commuters can get Read More...
Holiday Detours This Weekend
With the holiday season in full swing, there are several special events that mean bus detours. On Friday, the 48 th Annual Candlelight Tour by the Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston may create minor delays for commuters in the Allen Read More...
Young People Prefer to Drive Less
Our nation's long love affair with the automobile appears to be waning, at least among young people. Millennials , young people aged 18 to 34, are less charmed by the romance of the road, according to a recent survey by Zipcar, a car-sharing service Read More...
NEW METRO Installs 100th Shelter Wrapped in Red Bow
METRO completed its goal of installing 100 bus shelters this year when a giant crane today gently lowered a shelter topped with a red bow onto the corner of Cullen Boulevard and Griggs Road. It was a picture-perfect day for the ceremony, attended by elected Read More...
Texas Drivers Feel Less Safe
One-third of Texas drivers said they feel less safe on the road than five years ago, despite a decline in traffic fatalities. The reasons? The increasing use of cell phones while driving and aggressive driving. That's according to a survey released Read More...