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September 2011 - Posts

Board Passes FY2012 Budget
The Board of Directors passed a $1.24 billion budget on Sept. 29, a budget that positions the New METRO for the future. Highlights of the new budget: A continued focus on our strategic priorities and operating principles A financial plan based on a conservative, Read More...
METRO Forms Partnership with Reliant
To all football fans: You can now ride METRORail free to all Houston Texans home games. The Board of Directors voted today to ratify a contract calling for Reliant Energy to wrap a METRORail car to promote Reliant-sponsored free rides for all METRORail Read More...
Bicyclists Want Employers to Support Bikes at Work
Most of us travel to work every day by car or bus. But more Houstonians are bicycling to work. The League of American Bicyclists reports that the number of people who use a bike as their primary means of transportation to work has grown nearly 40 percent Read More...
Public Transit Saves Hours of Delays
Whether you commute to work in a bus, train or car, you know the gridlock that grips our morning rush hour here. A report released today says that, without public transit, our wait time on the road would be even longer. The Texas Transportation Institute Read More...
Budget Hearing This Thursday
Your chance to comment on our draft FY2012 operating and capital budgets is this Thursday, Sept. 29, at 9 a.m. in our board room at 1900 Main. The annual budgets being presented for approval to the board on Thursday are: Operating budget $430,400,000 Read More...
Weekend Rail Service to Be Interrupted
If you're planning to ride the rail this weekend, heads up: We'll be suspending service for three weekends this month and in October to allow Texas Children's Hospital to continue construction of a pedestrian bridge. The bridge will be over Read More...
Walkable Neighborhood in Neartown
Neartown residents want a neighborhood that is walkable - and that includes light rail. They made their sentiments known at a community meeting on transportation on Sept. 17. Speakers at the forum included George Greanias , METRO President & CEO, Read More...
Protecting Your Child on the Road
If you're driving with children, the most effective thing you can do to keep them safe is make sure they are sitting in a properly installed child seat. The operative phrase is properly installed. Unfortunately, most parents are not installing safety Read More...
More Freebies with Your Q Card
Did you know your METRO Q® Fare Card is your key to discounts and freebies? We've just added two new businesses to the list of shops and restaurants offering discounts and freebies to you, simply by showing your Q Card. Check out How Do You Roll Read More...
Proposal to Cut Funding to Public Transit Will Stall Economy
Right now in Congress, there's a proposal to cut 30 percent in public transportation for Fiscal Year 2012. It was approved by the House appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing. If this passes, it would hamper this country's ability Read More...
Fare Evasions on the Rail
Ever see people board the train without tapping their METRO Q®Fare Card? One frequent blog reader recently asked us why we couldn't use private security to enforce fare compliance on the rail. This is what the Phoenix Citizens Transit Commission Read More...
Mayor Rides Museum Train
Mayor Annise Parker rode METRORail this morning in a newly wrapped, green "Houston Loves Museums" train. At a news conference on the Museum District platform, she urged Houstonians to attend this Saturday's 15 th Annual Museum District Day Read More...
Gilbert Garcia Speaks on His First Year in Office
In a special edition of METRO Matters, Chairman Gilbert Garcia talks about how he unexpectedly became the chairman of METRO, an agency that he admits was off his radar screen before Mayor Annise Parker asked him to serve. Garcia tells why he's branded Read More...
A Time to Remember
METRO is commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with 60 seconds of silence this Sunday at 12 noon. All buses will pull to the side of the road and the trains will stop, as we pause to honor the heroes who died on the day that shook the world and Read More...
Obama Supports Houston Transit
In President Obama's speech yesterday on his proposed American Jobs Act, Houston got a mention. About seven minutes into his speech, Obama said, "Building a world-class transportation system is part of what made us an economic super power....There Read More...
Laying Rail for East End Line
A call for celebration: We laid the first rail on the East End Line two days ago. It was a 160-foot section along Harrisburg, from Estelle to Sidney. The crew used standard gauge, the distance between the two rails on one track. That distance is 4 feet, Read More...
Walkable Downtown Neighborhood
Can Houston ever create a neighborhood where you can eat, work, play and live - and walk to all those places? Some say yes - in a mixed-use neighborhood around the Ensemble/HCC light-rail station . Listen to what Christof Spieler , METRO board member, Read More...
High-Speed Rail from Houston to Dallas
For all those who have driven the four-hour trek to Dallas, or driven to the airport and waited an hour to fly there, here's good news: High-speed rail is coming. On Sept. 1, Ray LaHood , the Department of Transportation secretary, announced a $15 Read More...
Museum District Goes Green on METRO
Starting today, if you ride the rail, you may spot another one of our fully-wrapped trains. The newest one that makes its debut today is the Houston Museum District train wrapped in green with purple trim. The wrapped train is designed to promote the Read More...