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October 2011 - Posts

Hurray for Harrisburg!
Check out this time lapse of construction on the East End Line . The intersection of Harrisburg and Lockwood was taken apart like a giant jigsaw puzzle, then put back together - all in 60 hours. The intersection needed to be changed to accommodate our Read More...
METRO Board Welcomes New Member
Lisa Gonzales Castañeda , the deputy director of the Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) , became METRO's newest board member today. She represents Harris County , one of two board members appointed by the county. She replaces Trinidad Read More...
Party Time on the Houston Texans Train
A METRORail car turned into a party train for the Houston Texans today as riders boarded and were greeted with unexpected cheers, music and two Texans cheerleaders decked in red knee-high boots and white booty shorts. Red and white crepe paper wrapped Read More...
Win a Pair of Texans Tickets
Ride the rail today, and get a chance to win two tickets to Battle Red Game Day this Sunday. Members of the Houston Texans staff - along with two cheerleaders - will be riding our Reliant Energy wrapped train, with the giant picture of Andre Johnson, Read More...
All Aboard: Houston Texans and Cheerleaders
Get ready for Battle Red Day fever on METRORail. Houston Texans staff - along with two cheerleaders - will ride a METRORail car, branded by Reliant Energy with an image of Andre Johnson. Be prepared to see red all around you in a specially decorated train, Read More...
Bus Driver Goes the Extra Mile
When the elderly Asian man with a hospital mask boarded her bus, he caught the attention of Harriet Orville. At the end of her morning run on the 14 Hiram Clark route, Orville noticed a yellow and green bag sitting on a seat. She peeked inside and saw Read More...
Service Interruption This Weekend
METRORail will temporarily shut down this weekend due to bridge construction for the Texas Children's Hospital . All rail stations will be closed from today at 9 p.m. to Sunday, 10/23, at 11:59 p.m. We'll have bus shuttles running along the rail Read More...
Aerial Structure Being Built on North Line
This morning, we reached a turning point in the construction of a light-rail bridge on the North Line. Construction crews placed five steel girders on concrete supporting structures, the first step in spanning the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Once all Read More...
More Bus Shelters Coming...100 of Them
If you're a regular rider on our system, you've probably noticed that your bus riding experience recently improved. We are installing 100 new bus shelters around town - and the first five were just installed throughout the city - from the Heights Read More...
From Draft Horse to NASA
Celebrating Houston's big birthday, the Houston Public Library has a fascinating exhibit on display now, chronicling 175 years of transportation in the Bayou City. While we're best known as an oil town, our city's history as transportation Read More...
Monkey Disrupts High-speed Rail
One wild monkey learned a lesson about what happens when he monkeys around high-speed rail. A Formosan Rock Macaque, a protected species in Taiwan, sustained burns from an electric shock as it tried to escape a high-speed rail station in southern Taiwan Read More...
Honoring a METRO Employee & Friend
METRO lost another member of its family in a tragic accident at our Rail Operating Facility (ROC). Chung Luu, a light-rail technician, died on Oct. 11 after striking his head and falling from a train being moved into service. He was 45. Luu started his Read More...
Another Q Star Discount
The latest business to offer a discount if you show your METRO Q® Fare Card is Hong Kong Diner at 909 Franklin between Travis and Main. Simply show your Q Card and receive 10 percent off any menu item. The exception is dim sum. The menu includes appetizers Read More...
New Smart App Gives Bus Stops, Schedules
Imagine this: You are walking around the Galleria and want to go to Discovery Green for a concert. But you're not sure what bus to take. In a few months, you'll be able use your smart phone to find METRO bus stops, schedules, and eventually real-time, Read More...
Test Driving Nova Buses
METRO is test driving two new buses made by Nova Bus, part of the Volvo Bus Corp. These 40-foot buses feature a window in the back and a two-seater directly behind the driver's seat that one customer has dubbed "the girlfriend seat." The Read More...
It's a Wrap! A Behind-the-Scenes Look
On Saturday, one of our trains got "gift" wrapped. Huge sheets of vinyl were applied on a train. The wrap, designed and paid for by Reliant Energy, is an example of the new METRO's partnership with the community and celebrates the Houston Read More...
Fun, Food & Fellowship at Night Out
Neighbors at the Montie Beach Civic Club on the North side celebrated National Night Out last night with an appearance by Mayor Annise Parker, along with officers from the Houston Police Department. Inflatable slides, a clown, balloons and goodies gave Read More...
Be a Part of National Night Out
Tonight, grab your lawn chairs and fire up the barbeque grill. It's time to meet your neighbors and be part of Houston's National Night Out . This 28 th annual event is a fun and low-cost way to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community Read More...