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February 2011 - Posts

METRORail's Late-Night, Weekday Rodeo Service
Starting tomorrow through Friday, March 18, METRORail is extending its weekday, late-night service as follows: Last northbound train departs Fannin South at 1:40 a.m. Last southbound train departs UH-DT at 2:20 a.m. So if you are planning on taking the Read More...
Catch a Ride on METRO to the Rodeo
To all of you urban cowboys who are ready to kick up your boots in some rodeo fun, we have an easy and convenient way to get to the round-up of award-winning livestock and entertainers. For only $4, you can buy a round-trip ticket that puts you on a METRO Read More...
METRO Board Votes to Buy Siemens Trains
If all goes smoothly, 19 new rail cars are expected to be running up and down Main Street by December 2012, relieving the current rush-hour congestion on our trains. The METRO board voted today to authorize George Greanias , president & CEO, to negotiate Read More...
Race and Rodeo Change METRO Service
Two events will affect METRO service this Saturday, Feb. 26: The ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run from 9 .m. to 12 noon and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo parade from 10 a.m. to noon. Both events start at the corner of Texas and Smith and travel east on Read More...
Two Strategies for Houston: Which Will It Be?
Houston Tomorrow and the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) are co-hosting a brown bag lunch tomorrow, featuring Andy Hines , lecturer and executive-in-residence at the University of Houston's Graduate Program in Futures Studies . Hines will present Read More...
Watch "METRO Matters" TV Show on Livable Cities
What makes a livable city? And is it possible to create one in a city like Houston that has no zoning regulations ? A consortium of government agencies, nonprofits, and corporations was formed to compete for a government grant that would allow for long-range Read More...
Rail Service Interrupted This Weekend
We will partially suspend METRORail service this weekend, due to street repairs in the Downtown District. When: Saturday, Feb. 19 at 5:30 a.m. to Sunday, Feb. 20 at midnight Where: No rail service between the Downtown Transit Center and UH Downtown stations Read More...
METRO Receives Refund from Spanish Rail Car Vendor
A refund of $14 million from Spanish rail car manufacturer CAF was wired to METRO's bank yesterday, part of the negotiated agreement over two disputed contracts to build light-rail cars for our North and Southeast lines. "I want to thank CAF Read More...
Funding for Light-rail Lines in Obama's Budget
President Obama's FY2012 proposed budget includes $200 million in New Starts funds for construction of our North and Southeast light-rail lines. The budget includes a $50 million boost compared to the past two fiscal budgets - $150 million proposed Read More...
Happy Valentine's Day to Our Riders
This morning, our riders were greeted by smiling METRO employees, handing out Valentine's Day cards and thanking them for riding METRO. About 100 employees volunteered in "Operation Thank You" to spread a little Valentine cheer from 5 a.m. Read More...
Rail Service Interruption
This weekend, METRORail service will be interrupted to allow for Downtown District street repair. From Saturday at 5:30 a.m. to Sunday midnight, there will be no rail service between the Downtown Transit Center and UH-Downtown stations. We'll have Read More...
METRO & Harris County Join in Mason Creek Partnership
A network of hike-and-bike paths will soon be connected to our Kingsland Park & Ride lot, thanks to a joint project between METRO and Harris County . At our Jan. 31 board meeting, the board approved an agreement to designate General Mobility and local Read More...
US 90A/Southwest Rail: We Want to Hear From You
In 2003, voters said in a referendum that they wanted rail along US 90A. Now we are at the beginning stage of building rail, and that means we are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the US 90A/Southwest Rail corridor. The corridor will Read More...
METRO Changes Service Due to Severe Weather
The severe weather and icy conditions have resulted in service changes at METRO. METRORail has modified its service with double cars, running every 10 minutes instead of six minutes. HOV lanes are closed due to severe icing conditions. Park & Ride Read More...
METRO Starts Outbound Park & Ride Buses Early
With forecasts of sleet and even snow by this afternoon, we know that many of you will be allowed to leave work early. METRO is accommodating those commuters by starting all outbound Park & Ride service today at 1 p.m. The Park & Ride buses will Read More...
METRO Provides “Warming Vans” for Cold Patrons
Freezing temperatures greeted Houstonians this morning, along with sporadic rolling power outages. We want to make sure our patrons stay warm and comfortable, so starting at 3:30 p.m. today, we've been providing warming vans at transit centers. Look Read More...