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August 2011 - Posts

MFA Features METRO Artwork
Starting tomorrow, you'll be able to see the original artwork that will grace the future rail train stations METRO is building. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) will display the final designs of our Arts in Transit program, which created the Read More...
Extreme Heat Buckles Freeway
Our record triple-digit temperatures have caused several of our freeways to buckle and crack. You can do your part to ease traffic on the roads by riding METRO, if you aren't already. If you're new to METRO, try riding at least one day a week. Read More...
METRO Conserves Water in Drought
While many Houstonians are ignoring the city's mandatory watering restrictions , METRO has started voluntary water conservation measures. On Aug. 16, Mayor Annise Parker enacted restrictions that limit lawn watering to twice a week. Three days after Read More...
DOT's New Rules Ensure More People Enjoy Their Flight
Has an airline ever lost one of your check-in bags - a bag you had to pay $25 for the airline to carry? That's not going to happen, anymore. Now, if your bag is lost, you are entitled to a refund of any bag check-in fee. That's just one of the Read More...
Heat Wave Triggers More Road Trash
If you're noticing more debris on our freeways, you're not alone. The city's Safe Clear program says there's about a 20 percent increase in debris on the roads because of our heat wave. When temperatures climb to 100 degrees, flat tires Read More...
New Missouri Park & Ride Opens
Residents in Missouri City now have another commuting option to the Texas Medical Center or downtown Houston. Today, 44 customers boarded 10 morning bus trips from a new, interim Park & Ride lot located at State Highway 6 at Knight Road in the Kroger Read More...
290 Diamond Lane Is Open
It was opening day at 5:00 this morning, as drivers accessed the newly constructed US 290 eastbound diamond lane. The long-anticipated diamond lane runs from Skinner Road to the high occupancy vehicle lane (HOV) entrance at Eldridge Parkway. This diamond Read More...
Relief to Arrive at Highway 290
Highway 290 commuters, rejoice! Starting next week, eastbound diamond lanes on Highway 290 are scheduled to be opened to traffic. The diamond lanes will extend from Skinner Road to the HOV entrance at Eldridge Parkway. The westbound lanes are scheduled Read More...
RideStore Offers Back-to-School Hours
The RideStore is extending its hours to make it easier for students and parents to get a discounted METRO Q ® Fare Card. The temporary extended hours are: Saturday, Aug. 20: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday - Friday, Aug. 22-26: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Read More...
Spotting Suspicious Behavior
Travelers who fly in and out of Boston's Logan International Airport will be the first in the nation to undergo a "chat-down" rather than the usual security pat-down. It's called behavioral profiling. Transportation Security Administration Read More...
Watch METRO Matters on Diamond Lanes
Some relief is coming soon to Highway 290 commuters. METRO and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are working together to build diamond lanes that should ease some of that gridlock from location to location. Click here to listen to Pablo Valle, Read More...
MPD Assistant Chief Makes Dream Team
A 29-year veteran of the Houston Police Department became the assistant chief of police today at the New METRO, making what the MPD Chief dubbed "the dream team" of any law enforcement agency in the area. At a standing-room only ceremony, Craig Read More...
Driverless Pods at Heathrow Airport
The future has arrived at London's Heathrow Airport with the world's first commercial, driverless automated pods that are shuttling 800 passengers from the airport to parking lots. ULTra, a UK-based company, has installed 22 electric autopilot Read More...
Rail Cars Redesigned for Bicyclists
With gas prices hovering near $4 a gallon, America's love affair with the auto may be waning these days as commuters look for other ways to get from home to office. In Southern California, riders who bike will now have more options. Metrolink , Southern Read More...
METRO Pours Concrete for First Rail in Decade
For the first time in 10 years, METRO is laying track again for light-rail. This morning, city and METRO officials gathered at Paige and Rusk Streets, just southeast of downtown, and observed a construction crew pouring concrete to form a bed for an 80-foot Read More...
KHOU-TV Shoots Morning Promo on the Rail
Morning news celebrities greeted METRO riders today with doughnuts and T-shirts at the TMC Transit Center. The KHOU-TV Morning News team - anchors Ron Trevino and Christine Haas, meteorologist David Paul and traffic reporter Katherine Whaley - mingled Read More...
METRO President & CEO Returns to Work
Today, METRO President & CEO George Greanias returned to work, following a one-week suspension for violating METRO's electronic communications guideline. He released this statement today. Read More...
Detour on North Main to Start Monday
The North Main Street bridge is scheduled to close to motorists beginning Monday, Aug. 8 Light-rail service will continue normal operations, and pedestrian access on the UH-Downtown side of the street will stay in place. The detour was triggered by the Read More...
METRO Helps Citizens Keep Cool
With a record heat wave stifling the state of Texas, the city has implemented its heat emergency plan - and that includes opening cooling centers. The Houston Public Library at 500 McKinney is an official cooling center, and METRO is offering free transportation Read More...
All-Star Bus Driver Shows Kindness to Newbie
Sometimes a little bit of kindness goes a long way. Tracey Marquis, bus operator at METRO for about a year, was turning the corner on Congress and LaBranch recently during an afternoon rain storm. A woman, soaking wet, suddenly appeared and started banging Read More...
Airport Direct to Cease Operations
Airport Direct, the 30-minute shuttle service launched in 2008, will cease operations after Saturday, Aug. 20. Eliminating Route 500 Airport Direct was one of a dozen proposed route changes discussed at a public hearing last Tuesday. Earlier this year, Read More...