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December 2011 - Posts

Doing Good with Spare Change
In this season of giving, a trio of New York University students is seeking a way to turn waste into public good. The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) of New York gives subway commuters a 7 percent bonus when they buy a multi-ride pass. But the plastic Read More...
Free Fares on New Year's Eve
If you're out celebrating New Year's Eve, we have a gift for you: Free fares from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. It's our way of making sure you have a safe celebration. So go out and party, then take METRO home. We are running our regular Saturday service Read More...
Detours Coming Due to Implosion
A building scheduled to be imploded will result in rail and bus detours on Sunday, Jan. 8. The Houston Main Building in the Texas Medical Center is slated for implosion a week after New Year's Day. The area will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian Read More...
Service Changes Delayed
On Dec. 5, we held a public hearing about proposed service changes . So many of you showed up to speak that the sign-up line curled down the hall toward our bank of elevators on the second-floor lobby at 1900 Main. Some of you sat in the overflow rooms Read More...
Holiday Schedule Changes
We'll be changing our schedule for the holiday season, starting on Christmas Day and continuing through Tuesday, Jan. 3. Local buses will run on a Sunday schedule on Dec. 25 and 26. There will be no Park & Ride service those days. METRORail will Read More...
Shaping Up Customer Service
We are serious about improving customer service. Offering outstanding customer service is one of our seven operating principles. So last night, we launched a volunteer advisory committee called the Customer Advisory Committee. The purpose of the committee Read More...
Ho, Ho, Ho...METRO Blue Santa Cheers Young Patients
METRO Blue Santa arrived by a custom-decorated Polar Express METRORail to Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital on Dec. 10, bringing bears, coloring books and cookies to young patients - along with X-boxes and Play Stations. Siblings also received Read More...
METRO Dedicates Train to Rail Technician
Almost seven weeks after Chung Luu tragically died in a train accident , a car was dedicated to his memory. It was only the third train to be dedicated to someone in METRO's history. "Train dedications are very unusual," said Scott Grogan, Read More...
More People Are Riding Public Transit
Nationwide, more people are riding public transit than they were a year ago. That's according to a report released yesterday by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). In the third quarter of 2011, 2.6 billion trips were taken on public Read More...
METRO Now Operates Fannin South Park & Ride
Fannin South Park & Ride is now being operated by METRO. Up until last Thursday, the lot - owned by METRO - was managed by Ampco System Parking . Now we're taking over the operations. The change will be seamless to customers except for one big Read More...
METRO Honors Ride Sponsors and Retailers
METRO recognized its top-performing Ride Sponsors, and retailers who sell the METRO Q®Fare Cards , at a catered luncheon today, presenting crystal-clear, pyramid-shaped awards to its partners. George Greanias , METRO president & CEO, said one Read More...
Technology Helps Hard of Hearing in Subways
Transit officials in New York City are using decades-old technology in a new way to help the hard of hearing find their way around the subway system. A device called "the hearing loop" has been placed at 400 MTA New York City subway booths, Read More...
Public Hearing on Service Changes Draws Crowd
In a public hearing on proposed service changes, more than 250 people showed up at 1900 Main to listen to the presentation and to comment. Before the meeting started at noon, long lines snaked down the hallways as people waited to sign up to speak. About Read More...
Ride the Holiday Spectacular Train
If you've ridden on METRORail since yesterday, you may have noticed our newest wrapped Santa train. The Downtown Holiday Spectacular train is spreading cheer up and down the tracks, courtesy of the Downtown Management District . "It's part Read More...
Public Hearing Next Monday
Next Monday, you'll have a chance to comment on proposed service changes. A public hearing is scheduled at noon on Dec. 5 at noon in our board room at 1900 Main. We'll be adjusting our service on Sunday, Jan. 29. Here are some of the proposed Read More...