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September 2012 - Posts

METRO Matters: How Service Changes are Made
Ever wonder how we decide where a bus stop should be placed? Or how we determine the frequency of a bus? Watch the latest edition of METRO Matters , and listen to Kurt Luhrsen, senior director of Service Planning and Evaluation, explain the behind-the-scenes Read More...
Free Train Rides on Sunday
Don't forget: This Sunday, everyone gets a free ride on the train, thanks to Reliant. If you're headed to the Texans game, ride the rail and enjoy the free ride. Read More...
Hey, Ma, No Hands! Driverless Cars Legal in California
If you are planning a trip to California, don't be startled if you see cars without drivers cruising down the road. On Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that allows driverless cars on state roads and highways, and also sets safety standards. Read More...
METRO Celebrates 100 Bus Shelters
METRO's got you covered - with 100 new bus shelters this year. Yesterday, we celebrated with a brief ceremony - complete with a giant red bow and ribbon - as a crane completed the final installation of our 100 th new bus shelter for 2012. It's Read More...
Palestinian Visitors Tour METRO
They were part of the International Visitor Leadership Program , the U.S. State Department's premiere professional exchange program. Every year, more than 5,000 International Visitors come to the United States as emerging leaders in government, politics, Read More...
METRO Trip Planner Kiosks
Want to know when your next bus arrives? Or how to get from the Downtown Transit Center to the Galleria? If you are in our lobby at 1900 Main, you'll see a 50-inch TV screen suspended along the glass partition between the RideStore lobby and our main Read More...
Fans Gather for Ellen DeGeneres Show
Despite dark clouds and light rain, about 100 fans gathered yesterday evening to interact with Ellen DeGeneres in front of the Ellen METRORail train. KHOU-TV's Sherry Williams interviewed Ellen's No. 1 Houston fan, Lisa Jarman, an accountant who Read More...
A Bridge in Freeman's Honor
Former Board Member Jackie Freeman was honored Wednesday as a bridge named after him was officially opened, along with the new hike and bike trail that connects to the Kingsland Park & Ride . METRO and Harris County officials spoke, and Freeman's Read More...
Come Party with Ellen
Come see Ellen DeGeneres make a special appearance in Houston via a live satellite feed at the Fannin South Park & Ride. The Ellen DeGeneres Show has moved to KHOU-TV/Channel 11 and airs at 3 p.m. on weekdays - and has partnered with METRO by wrapping Read More...
Lunching at a Downtown Farmer's Market
The City Hall Farmer's Market opens today and continues every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Dec. 12. Pick up locally produced fruits and vegetables, or grab a ready-to-eat meal, on the grounds of City Hall at 901 Bagby. The farmer's Read More...
New Hike & Bike Trail to Open
A new hike & bike trail connecting to the Kingsland Park & Ride will give commuters more ways to get to work. The trail is scheduled to officially open tomorrow with the dedication ceremony of the Kingsland Hike & Bike Bridge, honoring Jackie Read More...
A Sustainable City
Come join a pivotal discussion about Houston's future. What makes a smart, sustainable city? Join the conversation as four of the world's most important companies join four of the region's top organizations that focus on the quality of life Read More...
METRO's New Police Cars
One observant blog reader recently noticed a new METRO police car cruising down a street and asked if we had purchased new cars. METRO purchased 15 Police Interceptors. Five are in operation, and the rest are being prepared for service. The staple of Read More...
Free Train Rides This Sunday
Attention, football fans: Take METRORail to Reliant this Sunday for the Houston Texans' home game, and ride METRO for free, courtesy of Reliant. Reliant is once again helping to "bring the energy" to Houston Texans' games by offering Read More...
Top 100 Most Congested Roadways
The most congested roadway in Texas is not in Houston. While that may surprise some of you who inch along during morning commutes, Harris County comes in third - behind Dallas and Tarrant counties. The most congested roadway is IH35W from IH30 to SH183 Read More...
Saying Thanks with Water
How do you tell customers you appreciate them? Last week, METROLift drivers said thanks with a bottle of water. Almost 6,000 bottles of water were distributed to METROLift patrons on Aug. 28 - "Customer Appreciation Day." The bottled water sported Read More...