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April 2011 - Posts

METRO's Chairman Speaks on KUHF-FM
A year ago, Chairman Gilbert A. Garcia gave an interview to KUHF-FM about his vision for METRO. Now, one year later, he highlights METRO's achievements and its current relationship with the Federal Transit Administration, which distributes the federal Read More...
Weigh in on Walkable Neighborhoods
What kind of neighborhood do you want to live in? David Crossley, president of Houston Tomorrow , will be leading a discussion tomorrow on the types of amenities people want in their neighborhoods. The case for walkable neighborhoods is growing, but can Read More...
Smart Parking in San Francisco
If you're planning a vacation to San Francisco this summer, finding a parking space will have gotten easier. Starting this summer, the city will change the price of parking spaces based on demand. Rates will changes as often as once a month - dipping Read More...
We're a Part of Something Green
Happy Earth Day ! Today is the day when we take a minute to think how we can treat our planet better. I thought you might be interested in what METRO is doing to contribute to our planet's sustainability. So here are some ways we're going green: Read More...
An Update on Building Our Rail Lines
Take a look at what's arrived to build our rail lines. These photos show about 8,300 tons of rail track and about 390 tons of copper wire. METRO Rail Expansion is moving forward. In a little more than a year, METRO has spent more than $142 million Read More...
Houstonians Prefer Walkable Urban Centers
Most Houstonians enjoy living here but are concerned about the economy. That's according to the annual Kinder Houston Area Survey just released. Dr. Stephen Klineberg , professor of sociology at Rice University, has been leading the survey and analyzing Read More...
Creating a Better Block in the City
Imagine a city block with outdoor cafés graced with flowers and potted plants, wide sidewalks, bike lanes and quiet hybrid buses gliding down the street. That's what happened on a recent Saturday when Holman, La Branch and Elgin streets were Read More...
Want More Buses? Here's Your Chance to Tell Us
You'll have a chance to voice your opinion on METRO service - from new Saturday service to extending a route - at a public meeting this Thursday, April 21. The meeting will be held at 12 noon in our board room at 1900 Main. Click here to see detailed Read More...
Tips & Tricks for Newbie Transit Riders
Some of you have been riding METRO for years - and we appreciate your patronage. Others are novices at public transit, prompted by escalating gas prices to try out the bus or train. Today, a colleague sent me a link to a blog that tweets a question daily Read More...
Rising Gas Prices Result in Largest Savings in Three Years
Board a bus and save money, especially with the price of gas hovering near $4 a gallon. Riding public transit saves an average of $10,116 a year or$843 a month, according to the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) Transit Savings Report. Read More...
TripAdvisor Offers Reality Feature
For all of you iPad2, iPhone and iPod users, there's another new app perfect for when you are traveling. TripAdvisor , the Newton, Mass. company, said it has launched an "augmented reality feature" for those mobile smart devices. While you Read More...
More Bikes on Buses
A beautiful day like today is ideal for combining a bike ride with a bus ride to get to your destination. And more of our commuters are doing just that. In March, we recorded our highest count of bikes on buses to date - 10,155 bikes on buses. That's Read More...
Missouri City to Get New Park & Ride Lot
For all those who commute to the Texas Medical Center , here's good news: We are planning to build a new Park & Ride lot in Missouri City , home to hundreds of Medical Center employees. The Texas Medical Center, the world's largest medical Read More...
Join METRO on Fresh Air Friday
Join METRO as we celebrate Fresh Air Friday today at Jones Plaza at 615 Louisiana. Guest speakers include METRO President & CEO George Greanias and Mayor Annise Parker . We'll be hosting a hybrid bus and STAR commuter van display, along with an Read More...
Laying a Hero on Wheels to Rest
Kenneth Roberson was a hero three times over. Featured on this blog as one of our Heroes on Wheels , he took extraordinary action while on the job, going above and beyond the call of duty to help passengers. He calle d himself a policeman without a badge. Read More...
Building A Community of Respect
Today's post was written by guest blogger, Margaret O'Brien-Molina, METRO's senior media relations specialist. METRO has, once again, been recognized as a "Community of Respect" partner, and the significance to our ridership cannot Read More...
NCAA Games Break Ridership Record
The thousands of fans who embraced the madness at this weekend's NCAA games helped METRO break ridership records. Yesterday, we recorded 52,000 boardings - the highest Monday ridership since the Red Line opened in January 2004. The Butler vs UConn Read More...
Getting Record Crowds to the Final Four
METRO is prepared to move tonight's expected record crowds for the NCAA championship game tonight and adding service where needed. Post-game, we will have 40 extra buses lined up at Reliant Stadium, ready to take fans to downtown at three stops: Downtown Read More...
METRO Ready for March Madness Fans
Welcome to all the basketball fans who are in town for the Final Four. At dawn's light, our marketing team plastered basketball decals at our stations and left hundreds of miniature foam basketballs on seats to welcome our riders. We are expecting Read More...