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June 2011 - Posts

New Orions Arrive at METRO
Three new Orion 40-foot buses have arrived at METRO - part of the 100 new buses we are buying every year to maintain our fleet. The first one arrived on May 17 - and by fall, all 100 will be here. Made by the same company that makes the Mercedes-Benz Read More...
David Benedict Sayers: September 1970 to June 2011
The METRO family laid to rest today one of its own - David Sayers, bus operator, who was tragically killed in an accident last Thursday while driving his bus back to the garage. He was 40. In a Muslim service held at Brentwood Baptist Church , Minister Read More...
Free Ticket for Musical "Blues in the Night"
If you've got a METRO Q® Fare Card, we've got a great deal for you. Enjoy the Ensemble Theatre's musical production of Blues in the Night and get one free ticket when you buy one and show your Q Card. Playing through July 24, this Tony-nominated Read More...
Irritating Drivers in Favor of Walkable Cities
In Europe, officials are trying to put the squeeze on drivers while making cities friendlier for bikers, pedestrians and public transit. On-street parking is becoming scarce. Tram operators in Zurich can change traffic lights in their favor, making cars Read More...
How Will 2010 Census Data Affect METRO Board Composition?
The 2010 Census data does not mandate expansion of the METRO board from nine to 11 members. That's according to an analysis by Richard Murray , professor of political science at the University of Houston, who served nine years as the director of UH's Read More...
I Love Buses... I Really, Really Love Buses!
Meet Debbie. She's cute, she's a recent MBA grad...and she's just ventured into online dating. Oh, and she's in the midst of a serious love affair with buses. View Video Format: wmv Duration: 2:49 Read More...
Ride METRO to Soccer Semifinals
Tomorrow night, Houston is hosting the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals at Reliant Stadium . Thousands of fans will attend the games. At 6 p.m., the United States competes against Panama and, at 9 p.m., Honduras and Mexico battle it out. Both games are Read More...
Whacking a Giant Pinata
A giant hand-made piñata in the shape of a gas pump dangled from the ceiling of the METRO lobby, as officials - along with customers - took turns smacking it with a baseball bat until candy and METRO Money tumbled from its belly. The event last Read More...
The Columns Are Coming...The Columns Are Coming
Today's post was guest written by Margaret O'Brien-Molina, senior media specialist. If you ride the rail to the end of the line at the University of Houston-Downtown (UH-D), you may be wondering who is leading the southward march of concrete columns Read More...
METRO & City Agree to Buy Jointly to Save Money
METRO and the city of Houston signed a historic agreement today designed to lower costs for both entities. The inter-local purchasing agreement allows the city and METRO to buy products or contract for services jointly, standardizing common items and Read More...
A Time-Based Public Transit Map
You and a friend want to meet at a coffee shop in 15 minutes. Both of you are using public transit. Where can you go? With a new time-based transit map, you'll be able to instantly find all the coffee shops within 15 minutes of the two locations. Read More...
Help Us Shape Public Transit in Houston
Tomorrow and Thursday you'll have a chance to meet the top transit experts at the New METRO and share your ideas of what this region needs to become more mobile. METRO Vision Long Range Plan workshops will be held Tuesday, June 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 Read More...
Service Changes This Sunday
If you take the 4 Beechnut, you'll be happy to know we're extending the route from Beechnut/Dairy Ashford to State Hwy 6, but in order to do that, we are also removing service from Dairy Ashford, Brookglade and Dairy View. That's just one Read More...
Long Commutes Lead to Divorce, Neck Pain, Insomnia
For those of you who commute 45 minutes or longer every day, it could be killing you. A study recently released by a social geographer at Umea University in Sweden found that couples in which one partner commutes 45 minutes or longer are 40 percent likelier Read More...
Getting Prepared for Hurricanes
Is your name on the H-list? This year, we're expecting Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily and Franklin. Let's hope Gert, Harvey, Irene and Jose don't make it. Those are the official 2011 Atlantic hurricane names, generated by the National Hurricane Read More...