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January 2012 - Posts

Make a Difference in Your Community
Here's a chance to make a real difference in the future of your community. The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is launching an ambitious, two-year project to develop a blueprint on making your community a better place to live. The 13-county Read More...
College Students Sign Up for the Q
Students on three campuses this week got ready to ride METRO by signing up for a METRO Q® Fare Card right on their campus. METRO's revenue team visited Texas Woman's University , HCC Coleman , HCC Central and HCC Southeast , issuing almost Read More...
Board Approves February Service Changes
The METRO Board of Directors today approved service changes that will continue three routes that had originally been slated for discontinuation: 30 Clinton , 48 Navigation (Pleasantville branch) and 49 Chimney Rock . These three routes generated intense Read More...
Rail Station Design Competition
Last night, in the beautiful Gerald D. Hines building at 811 Main, where the lobby sports tan leather sofas and dramatic white orchids, the Houston Downtown Management District hosted a competition featuring designs from five award-winning architectural Read More...
Construction Proceeds on Red Line Extension
Check out the latest construction on the North Line, which will consist of eight stations from UH Downtown to the Northline Transit Center. The photos posted above show the progress we've made so far on the North Line extension, which extends our Read More...
Transit Agencies Try to Accommodate Wider Girth
It's a dilemma transit agencies nationwide are facing: how to accommodate wider waistlines while keeping the same number of seats to maintain capacity. In some cases, agencies have redesigned the middle seat to only appear larger. Americans growing Read More...
Houston Needs Good Infrastructure
The new president of the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) says Houston's a great place to be now - but points out that Houston will double in size by 2050. That means we need to improve our infrastructure. "I'd like GHP to advocate strongly Read More...
Record Ridership on Texans Playoff Game Day
Even though last weekend's Houston Texans game was disappointing, the team's first playoff game on Jan. 7 was good news for METRO and our riders. On that home game day, all patrons rode free, courtesy of Reliant . Reliant has partnered with METRO, Read More...
I Hate Houston Traffic
If you are one of the thousands of commuters navigating Houston's highways during drive times, you probably hate Houston traffic as much as I do. Now, METRO is making it easier to zip through congested freeway lanes. For a fee, you can drive in the Read More...
The Red Line and a Rhomboid
(Today's guest post was written by Margaret O'Brien-Molina, senior media specialist). It was an average morning. I was about to climb the scaffolding to the top of the new elevated light-rail track just north of UH Downtown when I asked METRO's Read More...
MLK Day Holiday Schedule
On Monday, Jan. 16, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day , a day to commemorate civil rights leader King, who fought against segregation on public transit and lobbied for equality. METRO will run regular weekday service on our buses and trains. Our Read More...
Marathon Brings Service Interruptions & Detours
This weekend, two big events involving thousands of runners occur: the Olympic Trials Marathon on Saturday, Jan. 14, and the Chevron Houston Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 15. RAIL SERVICE: There will be no rail service between the northbound and southbound Read More...
QR Codes Connect to METRO
Smartphone users can now scan a Quick Response barcode with their phone and get linked directly to our website, http://www.ridemetro.org/ . Look for huge posters of a coffee cup at our transit centers that say: "We're wired." Scan the barcode, Read More...
Promoting Ride Sharing
A smart phone app is helping Department of Defense employees find rides in a "real-time" ride-sharing pilot program. Since Defense Department facilities were relocated, many federal workers could no longer take the bus to their new locations. Read More...
Workshops on Three Routes
Last Dec, we conducted a public hearing on service changes. Our proposals drew a crowd of customers, eager to comment on the changes. Three routes we had proposed discontinuing were: 48 Navigation, 49 Chimney Rock and 30 Clinton. Now we are holding public Read More...
Remember: Free Train Rides Tomorrow
Ride the train tomorrow, and don't pay a cent. Thanks to Reliant, all riders who hop on METRORail will have a free ride. Reliant has been paying for customers' rides on Houston Texans game days - and tomorrow, when the Texans will play its first Read More...
Fight over Traffic Signs
How bright should our traffic signs be? A proposed federal transportation mandate says traffic signs need to be brighter and easier to see at night. Critics say the feds are meddling into local matters, and some towns and cities are complaining they don't Read More...
Free Fares on Texans Playoff Game Day
This Saturday, the Houston Texans will - for the first time in its history - battle it out in a playoff game in its quest to reach the Super Bowl . This showdown against the Cincinnati Bengals has benefits for all METRORail riders: On Jan. 7, all rides Read More...
Children's Day March
Be prepared for some detours downtown on Saturday, Jan. 14. The Children's Day March and Celebration is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 14. To avoid potential delays in the downtown area, we'll be detouring bus service. The parade begins Read More...
Watch METRO Matters: CEO Promotes Partnering
If you've been riding METRORail recently, you've probably hopped aboard one of our wrapped trains: the Reliant Energy one featuring Andre Johnson ; the green Museum District train; and, over the holidays, the Santa wrap promoting the Houston Downtown Read More...