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March 2011 - Posts

An Interview with METRO CEO George Greanias
George Greanias, our president and CEO, tells Transit Intelligence that his past experiences - from college professor to lawyer to playwright - are all helping him run METRO. He even wrote a book on how to deal with boards of directors. When asked how Read More...
Ambassadors to Help Basketball Fans
The countdown to the NCAA Final Four is on....and starting on Friday, you'll see more than just METRO police monitoring the platform. You'll also see dozens of METRO employees, decked in neon yellow safety vests with a giant "Welcome" Read More...
A Train Built Just to Collect Garbage
The nation's biggest rapid transit system - the New York City Subway - carries about five million riders every day over 229 miles. All those riders generate a lot of trash, and to handle the clean-up, The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has customized Read More...
Keeping Your Cool: The Secret to 30 Years of Safe Driving
When Isaac Spencer Jr. was born 57 years ago, he was named after his father. Little did he know then that he would take after his father in more than just name. The senior Spencer drove a bus for METRO for half a century with a nearly flawless attendance Read More...
A Top Award for Three Decades of Driving Safety
Every day before she slides behind the wheel, METRO bus operator Francisca Cardenas prays. She's been doing that for 33 years, ever since she started at METRO at the age of 22. Apparently, her prayers - along with good driving skills - have worked. Read More...
Fat Passengers Trigger New Bus Safety Rules
Americans are getting fatter, and the government agency responsible for bus safety wants to rewrite the rules to keep our buses safer. Right now, the assumed average weight per bus passenger is 150 pounds. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) wants Read More...
I Speak...38 Languages
As the nation's fourth largest city, Houston brims with diversity. In fact, more than 90 languages are spoken here, according to GuestLife Houston , a publication of the Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston. Here at METRO, we're committed Read More...
Construction Begins on US 290 Diamond Lanes
For those of you who commute on US 290 every day, relief is coming if you are one of the hundreds entering and exiting the high-occupancy vehicle lane (HOV). Construction is scheduled to begin tomorrow at 9 a.m. on new diamond lanes on US 290 east and Read More...
Ride METRORail, Get a Zoo Discount
Beautiful, sunny days like today make you want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. When the kids get out of school today and start spring break, you may be thinking of heading to the Houston Zoo this weekend. Avoid the heavy traffic expected during Read More...
Driving? Then Don't Text
Most of us who drive are guilty of at least talking on a cell phone while on the road - and some of us even text and e-mail while behind the wheel. Although 30 states have already made texting illegal while driving, Texas isn't one of those - yet. Read More...
Marketing Boot Camp for Small Biz Owners
METRO is more than a transit agency. It's also a university. Our Small Business Department sponsors the METRO Small Business University (SBU), a series of intensive workshops presented by professionals, who teach tips of the trade to entrepreneurs Read More...
Rodeo, Spring Break and Traffic Jams
This year the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo will run right through spring break, which for most schools is the week of March 14. That means you and your family may be out and about downtown, enjoying Hermann Park or the Houston Zoo. But be forewarned: Read More...
Houston's Future: A Tale of Two Cities
What will our city look like in 25 years? Andy Hines , lecturer and executive -in-residence at the University of Houston's Graduate Program in Futures Studies , last week presented two scenarios at a brown bag lunch, sponsored by Houston Tomorrow Read More...
Who You Gonna Call? Ghostbusters....Sort Of
A reader recently sent an e-mail to this blog, telling us that the exit gate at the end of the ramp at the Cypress Park & Ride wasn't opening. After several failed attempts and getting stuck with cars waiting for the gate to open, this reader Read More...
A Move Toward "Complete Streets" in Texas
Imagine streets in Houston that are designed not only for automobiles, but also for all who use the roadways: bicyclists, bus riders, wheelchair users, shopkeepers, motorcyclists. Too often our streets are designed only for motorists, who are frequently Read More...