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January 2011 - Posts

Practicing Good Manners
Most of us have had manners drilled into us since we first learned how to talk.Say "please," say "thank you," our parents instructed. By the time we're adults, we are expected to know how to behave in public. But some of our riders Read More...
METRO Mingles Among the Marathoners
The Chevron Houston Marathon is only two days away, and hundreds of runners are descending upon the George R. Brown convention center to pick up their race packets. Among the many vendors there, you'll see METRO. We'll have a booth in Hall E on Read More...
Ordering Accident Reports
Now, if you ever need an accident report, you can order one online . You'll need the date of the accident and the last name of one of the drivers. The report will immediately be displayed, and then you can print it. The cost is $6 - the same fee you'd Read More...
Detours for Chevron Marathon
Colorful flags are snapping in the breeze downtown, and that means it's time for the annual Chevron Houston Marathon and accompanying runs. That also means bus detours. Beginning today at 7 p.m., Avenida de las Americas between Walker and Lamar will Read More...
Is Your Q Card Expiring?
All of us who use credit cards know there's an expiration date on that card. That's because a chip in the card expires. Your METRO Q® Fare Card also has a chip that expires in five years. Flip your METRO Q® Fare Card over to the back, Read More...
America's Fastest Growing Transit: Intercity Buses
While high-speed rail is on the agenda of many politicians these days, it's the coach bus that is grabbing attention as the fastest growing mode of transit in America. Intercity bus service was the fastest growing mode of intercity transportation, Read More...
Service Changes Sunday, Some Reassigned Drivers
Starting this Sunday, Jan. 23, regular riders may notice lots of changes on their routes. This is the time of year when we implement service changes, and 35 routes will be affected. In some areas, we're adding routes to ease the crowding on a bus Read More...
In the Interest of Rail Safety
Did you know that about every three hours a person or vehicle is hit by a train? That's according to Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit group whose mission is to teach people about rail safety. And the group says it is determined to change that grim Read More...
Scheduled Rail Interruption This Weekend
If you're planning to take METRORail this weekend, be aware of a scheduled rail interruption, due to construction by Texas Children's Hospital . Starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, rail will shut down through midnight Sunday. We'll operate Read More...
Watching Your Weight While You Wait
There are three numbers most Americans are reluctant to bare in public: age, weight and salary. But in the Netherlands, a fitness chain has taken guerrilla marketing to a new level to convince consumers to start the new year by getting in shape. Unsuspecting Read More...
Train Wrapped in Red Says Safety
For the first time in METRORail's history, an entire rail car was completely wrapped to promote a safety message: Stop. Think. A vertical traffic signal on the red wrap added a visual cue. Despite a morning drizzle amid grey skies, excitement built Read More...
World's Population Is Aging: More Seniors than Babies
For the first time in history, there will be more older folks than toddlers alive. The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) says the population ages 65 and over will be 2.5 times that of the population ages 0 to 4 in the next 39 years. Read more here. What's Read More...
Public Transit Users Save More Money With Rising Gas Prices
With gas prices rising to the highest level since October 2008, commuters who use public transit will be saving even more money in 2011. In a recently released report, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) calculated that transit riders Read More...
No Rail Shutdown this Weekend
Good news for rail riders this weekend: The rail will operate its normal hours, and the scheduled shutdown this weekend has been canceled. The contractor doing construction work at Texas Children's Hospital is ahead of schedule - and that means rail Read More...
Experiencing Europe on a New York Subway
RIding a subway has never been more fun. Step inside a NYC subway train, and you may find yourself on a train American Airlines has wrapped in ceiling-to-floor images of popular European tourist destinations. Nick Carr, a film scout who scours locations Read More...
Rail Interruptions for Three Weekends
If you're taking the rail this weekend, be aware of some interruptions today and the next two weekends. Beginning at 8 p.m. tonight through midnight Sunday, all rail station will be closed due to bridge construction for Texas Children's Hospital Read More...
Transit Apps Help Snowbound Commuters
Phone apps that cost about $1 helped some Boston commuters in the recent East Coast snow storm . Last spring, The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority - commonly called the T - began releasing real-time data on the whereabouts of its buses and trains. Read More...
FTA Approves Rail Expansion Work
Happy New Year to all our readers. METRO is starting the new year with some great news from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Just days before the end of the year, the agency received formal notification from the FTA that critical new construction Read More...