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May 2012 - Posts

Service Changes to Come June 10
Starting Sunday, June 10, METRO will be implementing service changes. Three times a year we adjust service to make sure we are meeting the transit needs of the community. This includes adjustments during summer months when many students are out of school. Read More...
Walkable Neighborhoods May Hike Real Estate Values
Do you live in a walkable neighborhood , where you can walk to shops, restaurants, office and home? If you do, real estate values in that neighborhood may be higher than other neighborhoods. At least, that's the case in a sample of neighborhoods in Read More...
Memorial Day Schedule
This Memorial Day, METRO will be operating on a holiday schedule. Buses and METRORail will run on a Sunday schedule on Monday, May 28. There will be no Park & Ride service. METROLift, Customer Service offices, RideStore and Lost & Found offices Read More...
Why Young People Are Driving Less
America's love affair with the auto may be waning - a trend led by the younger generation. A recently released study shows young people are driving less - and that decline in miles traveled by car signals a trend that is likely to continue, according Read More...
Light Traffic? May Indicate Slowing Economy
If you're zipping around a city without traffic delays and gridlock, you may wonder why. A newly released study from a traffic-data analysis firm shows that a drop in traffic congestion indicates an economic slowdown. Inrix just released its fifth Read More...
Rally Around the Rails Day
This morning, METRO, city management district and federal officials gathered at the Northline Transit Center to kick off "Rally Around the Rails Day," launched during National Small Business Week to promote mom-and-pop shops around our future Read More...
METRO Wins Crystal Awards
The METRO marketing department took home two Crystal Awards , The American Marketing Association (AMA) Houston's premiere award honoring the city's best marketing work. METRO won a Crystal in the category of "Promotional Products, Packaging, Read More...
Design Contest Calls for Social Media Icon
Attention students: The Department of Transportation is looking for a creative social media icon that clearly conveys an anti-distracted driving message. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for American teens. And young people are among the Read More...
METRO Hosts Job Fair
Looking for a job, or know someone who is? METRO is hiring part-time bus operators and diesel mechanics. Bus operators earn $15 an hour, working up to 33 hours a week. Diesel mechanics (Bus Repair A) earn $21.95 an hour for those who have at least three-and-a-half Read More...
Human Transit: A Clear and Practical Guide
Give up your favorite TV show tonight and instead, come hear one of the nation's experts on transit. Jarrett Walker , an independent consultant who has been designing public transit systems for more than two decades, will speak tonight at the Distinguished Read More...
Transit Boyz Are Back
The Transit Boyz just released its new CD - "The Return Trip." This home-grown rap group ( kids of METRO employees) is the hottest new hip-hop act since the Beastie Boys. The Boyz are Ch-Chilly Chad, Jack Jack and Cool Hand Liam. This video Read More...
Enjoy a Walkable Street
Tomorrow, drop by Washington Avenue and you'll find a "complete street" - one that has been temporarily transformed by installations of pedestrian and bicycle amenities. Better Block Houston will be held on the 2000-2100 blocks of Washington Read More...
You're Invited to a Special Board Meeting
METRO's Board of Directors invites you to attend a special board meeting to discuss METRO's General Mobility Program and the upcoming referendum. The meeting will be tomorrow at 9 a.m. in the board room at 1900 Main. If you want to speak, you Read More...
Houston, What Does Your Future Look Like?
Come network with like-minded citizens who have a vision for the future of our city. You can meet new people and hear some forward-thinking speakers at My Houston 2040 , a monthly meeting of the minds, co-hosted by Houston Tomorrow , Air Alliance Houston Read More...
Houston's Transit Future
Come attend a crucial dialogue about Houston's transit future. A one-day symposium and workshop will be conducted on Monday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Asia Society Texas Center at 1370 Southmore. The event is hosted by Houston Tomorrow Read More...
Celebrate the Joys of Riding a Bike
May is National Bike Month, and it's a great time to celebrate all the reasons to ride a bike. The League of American Bicyclists , which sponsors this event, says whether we bike to work or school, biking can save money or time; preserve our health Read More...
METRORail Service Interruption
If you're planning to ride the rail this weekend, be aware of a service interruption. From Saturday, May 5, at 3 a.m. until Sunday, May 6, at midnight, there will be no rail service between Hermann Park/Rice University Station and UH Downtown. That's Read More...
A Teen-ager's Point of View
Bring a group of talented high school teens who are enrolled in a digital media course into METRO, escort them on a tour of bus routes and rail - and then see what they think of METRO. That's exactly what METRO did recently with teens from the Hightower Read More...
Two-for-One Parking Special
If you work around the Texas Medical Center, here's a bargain for you: Parking rates have gone on sale. For a limited time, METRO is offering two months of parking for the price of one at our convenient Fannin South Park & Ride . You can buy two Read More...