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November 2011 - Posts

MPD Officers Honored for Saving a Life
METRO Police Officer John Zepeda and his K-9 partner were standing at the HCC/Ensemble station on an early fall morning, trying to board a train. It was full. He waited for the next one - full. Next one - full. Finally, he gave up and returned to his Read More...
CAF Gets Green Light to Build Our Trains
CAF USA, a division of Spain-based rail manufacturer CAF, was given the official green light today to build 39 light-rail vehicles for METRO, with the first one slated to arrive in 24 months. CAF - whose full name is Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles Read More...
METRO Signs First Full Funding Grants for Light Rail
Under a bright blue sky, brisk winds and cool temperatures, METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia led a countdown with the audience, who had gathered to witness a milestone in METRO's history: "Five, four, three, two, one...Houston METRO has lift-off." Read More...
Holiday Discounts Just in Time
As you're out and about shopping and meeting friends to celebrate the holiday season, here are some wonderful new discounts to enjoy. The METRO Q Star program has added limited-edition discounts good only through the holidays from Nov. 25 through Read More...
Sidewalk Art Features METRO
When Thanh-Minh Pham, METRO manager of transportation programs, strolled through The Street Painting Festival last weekend at Sam Houston Park, she was surprised to see a METRO bus as part of one artist's work. Pham stopped to talk to the young artist, Read More...
Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule & Detours
The Thanksgiving holidays mean parades, feasts and tree-lighting ceremonies. And that means reduced bus seravie and bus detours. Here's the holiday schedule: Wednesday, Nov. 23: Park & Ride routes will operate additional trips from downtown in Read More...
Seeing Rail Lines Being Built
Want to see time lapses of our crews constructing the extension of the Red Line , Purple Line and Green Line ? Check out our Facebook page here to see three short videos of rail being built. We're making lots of progress on the three light-rail lines. Read More...
Update on New Light-rail Lines
In 12 days, METRO and federal officials will sign a Full Funding Grant Agreement from which METRO will receive $900 million to build the North and Southeast lines. That's the first time we will be getting federal funds for light rail. David Couch, Read More...
Honoring METRO's No. 2 Guy
For years, he was the second-ranking official at METRO, offering behind-the-scenes guidance, expert advice and supporting whatever major projects the CEO assigned. Today, John Sedlak stepped up to the spotlight at City Hall, as Tuesday was declared John Read More...
Beverly Hills Wants to Stop Subway Tunnel
When it comes to Southern California's car culture, it seems like it's an uphill battle for trains - especially underground lines - to make any headway. Transit planners in Los Angeles want to run a 9-mile subway line into the city's dense Read More...
A Salute to Veterans and a Detour
Today on Veteran's Day, we honor the men and women who have served and are currently serving our country in the armed forces. To our veterans, thank you for your courage and your loyalty, defending our country. Here in Houston, we are recognizing Read More...
Smart Transit...Maybe Even a Yak
METRO President & CEO George Greanias told business leaders yesterday that Houston needs smart transit - and he's determined to deliver it by bus, train, trolley, tram or even a yak. At a Greater Houston Partnership luncheon yesterday on the state Read More...
Signing Date for Full Funding Grants
In 19 days, METRO is expected to reach a significant milestone. On Monday, Nov. 28, METRO will be joined by federal officials, along with members of Houston's congressional delegation, to sign the long-awaited Full Funding Grant Agreements (FFGA) Read More...
Greanias to Give State of METRO Address
METRO President & CEO George Greanias is scheduled to speak tomorrow on the State of METRO at the Greater Houston Partnership's luncheon. Greanias told KUHF/Houston Public Radio today that METRO has some ambitious goals it wants to meet. It expects Read More...
Earning the Gold for Second Consecutive Year
On Nov. 5, METRO wrote a check to Transport Workers for $14,849.25. That's shown on our website, and it's that level of detailed reporting that helped garner METRO the Gold Leadership Circle Award from the Texas State Comptroller. The Texas Comptroller Read More...