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August 2012 - Posts

Labor Day Schedule
In observance of Labor Day, METRO buses and rail will operate on a Sunday schedule. Park & Ride service will not operate on Monday, Sept. 3. The RideStore and Lost & Found will also be closed. METROLift's Reservations and Customer Care offices Read More...
A Summer of Hope
At today's board meeting, METRO presented officials for the Star of Hope with a giant check for $2,500, representing donations made by METRO employees. Since a Star of Hope shelter for homeless families is located near a rail line, employees thought Read More...
TV Hit Glee Cast Featured in Distracted Driving Ad
Stop the texts. Stop the wrecks. That's the message in a new public service announcement featuring the cast of the hit Fox TV show, Glee. Dianna Agron's character, Quinn Fabray, is texting while driving - and crashes her car. These announcements Read More...
Parking Deal for Pre-Season Game
If you're planning to watch the Texans play against the Minnesota Vikings , METRO can help you save a few bucks. This Thursday, you can park at the Fannin South Park & Ride for $15 - and that includes the round-trip ride on our light-rail train Read More...
Houston Fleet Share Uses Computer-managed Elecrtric Cars
The city of Houston has launched the nation's first electric vehicle green fleet sharing program. It's managed by Zipcar's software and allows workers to reserve cars online, specifying pick-up and drop-off times. Called Houston Fleet Share Read More...
Kids Keep Cool with METRO
Thousands of students learned about METRO and signed up for METRO Q® Fare Cards at last Saturday's Spring Branch Back-to-School Health Fair. The fair was held both indoors and outdoors at the Spring Branch Family Development Center on Pitner, Read More...
New Yorkers Love Their Bike Lanes
The verdict is in: Six years after New York's controversial effort to add hundreds of miles of bike lanes to the city's streetscape, most New Yorkers applaud the effort, calling it a good idea. A poll recently conducted showed that 66 percent Read More...
Extreme Weekend Makeovers
If you watch television, you're probably familiar with the extreme makeover shows - from making over a person who sheds excess pounds to making over houses with major renovations. Whether it's a place or a person, it's fun to watch the transformation. Read More...
Getting Around on Pedal Buses
While downtown Tampa will be jammed with thousand of convention-goers next week at the Republican National Convention, 20 cycle buses will be rolling through the streets - powered by pedal power. Called a Freewheelin bus cycle , the steel and aluminum Read More...
Parking Special for Pre-Season Games
Good news for football fans: We have a special parking package that will make getting to the pre-season games a sweet deal. This Saturday, you can park at the Fannin South Park & Ride for $15 - and that includes a round-trip ride on our light-rail Read More...
Special Board Meeting Friday
The METRO Board of Directors is scheduled to hold a special board meeting this Friday at 9 a.m. The board will discuss the final language of the 2012 referendum on the General Mobility Program . The meeting will be at 1900 Main on the second floor. It Read More...
METRO Goes Back-to-School
METRO's booth at the second annual HISD Back-to-School Fest attracted hundreds of youngsters, as they stood in line to get student METRO Q® Fare Cards and learn facts about METRO. The Houston Independent School District and the city of Houston Read More...
METRO Receives More Fed Money for Rail
Good news for METRO. The Federal Transit Administration last week announced that METRO will get $188 million to build our light-rail lines. That is the latest FTA funding grant to build the North and Southeast lines - another installment of the nearly Read More...
Service Changes Coming in 16 Days
On Sunday, Aug. 26, METRO will implement service and route changes. Proposed changes include adjustments on local routes 25 Richmond, 42 Holman Crosstown, 59 Aldine Mail Crosstown, 68 Brays Bayou Crosstown and 78 Alabama/Irvington. Park & Ride, or Read More...
More Commuters Boarding Bikes
More riders are using bi-modal transit to get around town. In July, we had 14,714 bikes on buses, up 32 percent from a year ago and up 11.3 percent from the previous month. The top routes with the most boardings were Route 56 Airline Limited with 701 Read More...
METRORail Rider Alert
If you're planning on riding the rail tomorrow night, be aware of a slight change in service on the northbound track from 10 p.m. until midnight. Stations from the Downtown Transit Center to UH-Downtown - northbound platform only - will be closed Read More...
One More Reason to Ride the Bus
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Save Money by Commuting
G as prices rose 17 cents in July. That was the biggest increase in the month of July since at least 2000, according to AAA . Prices this month are likely to rise to a national average of about $3.60 before dipping after Labor Day, Tom Kloza, analyst Read More...
HCC "Adopts" Bus Shelter on Campus
Houston Community College - Southwest "adopted" a bus shelter that borders its campus at 610 Loop and Glenmont Drive. METRO officials, along with HCC officials, cut a ceremonial ribbon, as the plaque honoring Dr. Fena Garza, president of HCC Read More...
Special Board Meeting to Select Proposal
The Board of Directors is conducting a special board meeting tomorrow at 9 a.m. to choose a referendum proposal regarding METRO's General Mobility Program . The board has heard public input for the past several months at community meetings. Based Read More...
Transit Academy 2.0
METRO graduated the second class in its Transit Academy , celebrating the completion of an intensive seven-week course on the nuts-and-bolts of this huge agency. Seventeen community leaders "graduated" on July 25. The Transit Academy is a crash Read More...