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March 2012 - Posts

Progress on the Southeast Line
If you're driving around Capitol Street to Leeland, you'll notice some poles along a track bed. That's our Southeast Line (Purple Line), scheduled to open in 2014. There are 36 Overhead Catenary System (OCS) poles that have been installed. Read More...
First Class Graduates from Transit Academy
METRO graduated last night its inaugural class of the METRO Transit Academy, a seven-week, intensive course that taught community leaders and emerging leaders the nuts-and-bolts of transit. Eleven students - ranging from an attorney to a college student Read More...
Tweaking Our Bus Service
Someone recently emailed the blog about service on 18 Kirby . Our service planning department had been checking this route regularly and verified that it could use some tweaking. Starting Monday, April 2, we will be adding trips to that route. We're Read More...
Traffic Reporters Get Behind the Wheel
Last Saturday, two of Houston's traffic reporters stepped aboard a METRO bus - but not as a passenger. Instead, each slipped behind the wheel of a 40-foot bus and drove it around an obstacle course. They were competing in the Media VIP Competition Read More...
METRO Board Welcomes New Member Cindy Siegel
An accounting entrepreneur and former mayor became METRO's newest board member yesterday. Cindy Siegel, a former mayor of Bellaire for eight years, was sworn in at yesterday's board meeting. She replaces Jimmy Stewart, whose term has expired. Read More...
An App for Safer Buses
When you board a motor coach, how safe is it? Now, there's a free app you can download on your iPhone or iPad to immediately check out the safety record of the bus line you travel on. The SaferBus App was introduced this week by the Department of Read More...
A Sweet Commute
Talk about keeping commuters in a sweet mood. One London billboard actually dispenses cupcakes to commuters, in an effort to promote its new cake-to-go products. Read more on our Facebook page . Read More...
Tune in to METRO Matters
Barcelona meets Houston in the next edition of METRO Matters. Randy Frazier, vice president and chief information officer, talks about becoming a partner with Leadership Houston . Its latest project is building a colorful serpentine bench in a park near Read More...
Be Prepared: Here's How
Preparedness on the Square has a new date: Thursday, March 22. The event was canceled two weeks ago - but now it's back on this Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Hermann Square at the City Hall reflecting pool. Sponsored by the American Red Cross Read More...
Free Rides on Go Tejano Day
If you're planning to kick up your boots and scoot on over to the rodeo, you can ride METRORail free all day Sunday, March 11, courtesy of Reliant. Reliant has partnered with METRO by wrapping one of our trains and is giving away rides on March 11. Read More...
Buffalo Bayou Waterway to Temporarily Close
The Buffalo Bayou waterway is scheduled to close on March 19 and partially reopen by late May to accommodate the construction of a METRO light-rail bridge for the Southeast (Purple) Line. The bridge will be constructed between Capitol and Rusk Streets Read More...
Canceled: Preparedness on the Square
The weather forecast for tomorrow predicts a 30 percent chance of rain with isolated thunderstorms. And that threat of rain has canceled the Preparedness on the Square event scheduled for Thursday at Hermann Square at the City Hall reflecting pool. But Read More...
Giving the Lowly Bus a Touch of Class
A new London bus designed to give the lowly bus a touch of class has been relaunched this week, and one mass transit advocate says it's time for buses to be not only the efficient solution - but the elegant solution - to America's transit woes. Read More...
Preparedness on the Square
If a hurricane strikes Houston, are you prepared? Or, what if your apartment catches on fire? Discover some tips on how to be prepared for emergencies at the American Red Cross event, Preparedness on the Square, on Thursday, March 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 Read More...
Dowling Intersection Detour for Rail Construction
Starting tonight at 7 p.m., traffic will be rerouted around the Texas Avenue-Dowling Street intersection, northbound and southbound. METRO crews are scheduled to work 24/7 all week, until both the Southeast (Purple) Line and the East End (Green) Line Read More...
Save Money, Thanks to Reliant
Here's a way to save money tomorrow, if you're going to the rodeo. Ride METRORail for free on two days: Black Heritage Day , Friday, March 2 and Go Tejano Day , Sunday, March 11. Reliant is partnering with us and on those two days, paying for Read More...
Ridership Increases
More Houstonians are riding METRO's buses and trains. For six consecutive months, our ridership has been on the rise, increasing 5.2 percent to 6.35 million boardings in January 2012, compared to 6.04 million boardings the year before. "Thanks Read More...