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May 2011 - Posts

METRO Marketing Team Takes Home the Crystal
METRO's small but nimble marketing team proved its strength by capturing three prestigious Crystal Awards , one of the most coveted awards in the advertising world. The American Marketing Association Houston chapter - the largest chapter in the country Read More...
A Special Remembrance for Service Members
For many of us, the traditional meaning of Memorial Day has gotten blurred by the luxury of a three-day weekend and all the activities we pack into that. Originally called Decoration Day, it is a day to remember those who have died in our nation's Read More...
A Not So Random Act of Kindness
Max Bonton has driven a bus at METRO for 28 years. He takes his job seriously, handling the bus, his route and his customers with utter professionalism. Even the way he dresses is impeccable, and until recently, still chose to wear the dashing navy conductor's Read More...
Memorial Day Holiday Schedule
METRO will operate on a reduced schedule, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday next Monday, May 30. Here is the holiday schedule : Buses and METRORail will run on a Sunday schedule. Park & Ride service will not operate. METROLift's Reservation Read More...
Embracing Diversity & Inclusion in the New Economy
"Diversity is a very difficult thing if it's going to be done well. Conferences like this remind us of our goal...and of how far we have to go," said METRO President & CEO George Greanias . Greanias was one of three keynote speakers Read More...
Watch METRO Matters: The Power of Partnering
Houston needs strong regional transit, and one way to get there is to forge partnerships with surrounding cities and towns. One of our operating principles here is partnering, in which we actively pursue opportunities to partner with the community to Read More...
METRO Installs New Police Chief
A former captain in the Houston Police Department became METRO's new police chief today, ending a six-month search. Victor Rodriguez was sworn in this afternoon as new chief of police at MPD's annual awards ceremony. METRO President & CEO Read More...
Join METRO in Bike-to-Work Day
This Friday, join METRO as we celebrate National Bike-to-Work Day. We'll meet at BikeBarn at 5339 Weslayan around 6:30 a.m. for departure at 7:30 a.m. We'll ride to Houston City Hall , where we'll be greeted by Mayor Annise Parker . Also on Read More...
METRO Celebrates Festival de Mayo
Our remote-controlled miniature bus roamed the halls of Reliant Center at yesterday's Festival de Mayo , attracting attention and bringing in festival-goers to our METRO booth - a giant tent with a hybrid bus on display behind it. The festival featured Read More...
Introducing Transit as a Career
Like many industries, the transit industry is graying. We need fresh, young talent - and what better way than a career day in the schools to tout the benefits of working in the transit industry. Yesterday, six METRO staffers talked to students at the Read More...
We Want Your Ideas
How should transit look in the Houston region by 2040? We want your ideas, thoughts and opinions. Tonight, we're hosting a public workshop where we'll be listening to what you want in public transit. We'll even have an interactive map, where Read More...
Naming the Future
Here's your chance to help shape our future rail stations. We are accepting suggestions for names for three of our new light-rail stations. The first round of submissions is due June 30. We hope the station naming process will catch the spirit of Read More...
Paying People to Move Near Work
A pilot program called Live Near Your Work is trying to convince people to move close to their jobs. The Office of Planning in Washington, D.C. is launching a program that will match up to $6,000 in incentives that companies offer to employees who move Read More...
METRO Makes a Delightful Entrance at the OTC
With its biggest attendance since 1982, this year's Offshore Technology Conference , which ended yesterday, attracted thousands of attendees from around the world - and METRO was there in an unexpected way. We had a booth, similar to the hundreds Read More...
New Rules to Create Safer Tour Buses
New bus safety measures designed to make tour buses safer were announced yesterday by the nation's top transportation official. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a series of bus proposals that would stiffen penalties for operating buses Read More...
METRO Launches Workshops on Future Transit
METRO President & CEO George Greanias greeted a packed board room yesterday afternoon, launching the agency's series of community workshops on METRO Vision - the plan for our regional transit needs that will take us up to the year 2040. Greanias Read More...
Increasing Security After Osama bin Laden's Death
After President Obama's midnight announcement that Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. operation, transit agencies nationwide are beefing up security. METRO is no exception. You'll notice more police officers on our platforms, along with more Read More...