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December 2012 - Posts

Party Hard, Party Smart
Many of you are planning to attend New Year's Eve celebrations, but remember to play it smart during your partying. Although law enforcement officials are on the alert for drunk drivers, the best protection against drunk driving: Stay off the roads Read More...
Giving Away Socks to the Homeless
This post was written by Margaret O'Brien-Molina, senior media specialist. Good timing and goodwill drove METRO bus operators to distribute nearly 4,000 pairs of new socks and caps at parks and missions in the city's downtown district four days Read More...
From Last to First
Imagine taking over a government department that languished at the bottom of the list for employee satisfaction and commitment. Four years later, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has managed to lead the Department of Transportation to the top of the Read More...
METRO Blue Santa & Elves Cheer Sick Kids
METRO Blue Santa and his elves brought hundreds of teddy bears, crayons and coloring books to very sick young patients at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital - and the kids rewarded the grown-ups with warm smiles and laughing eyes. For the third Read More...
In Remembrance of James Brooks
James Brooks, a METRO bus operator for 29 years, was by all accounts the life of the party. When he walked in the room, people noticed. Always sporting a huge smile from ear to ear, Brooks lived large, loved large and playfully teased his co-workers. Read More...
Free METRORail This Sunday
Hey, Texans fans. You can hop on METRORail all day this Sunday, Dec. 23, courtesy of Reliant. Watch the Texans battle it out with the Vikings - and avoid traffic gridlock by parking at the Fannin South rail station for only $15, then take the train to Read More...
CEO to Resign
METRO President & CEO George Greanias said he will resign effective Dec. 31. "Now is the right time for me to step down and create the next chapter in my career," said Greanias in his resignation letter to METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia . Read More...
Mentoring At-risk Kids
Pair up a cop with a kid who's not comfortable with police officers, and what do you get? Over time, a relationship of trust that helps turn that kid's life around. That's the goal of a newly restructured mentoring program the Houston Independent Read More...
Safety Doesn't Take a Holiday
With the holiday season in full swing, it's easy to get distracted with the festive decorations when you're out and about. But remember: Don't let safety take a holiday. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind: Be aware of your surroundings. Read More...
Moving Ahead for Progress
Do you walk to work? Ride a bus or train? Or hop in your car to run errands? Then listen up. The first federal transportation law since 2005 will provide millions of dollars to our region for highways, streets, transit and sidewalks. It affects all of Read More...
UT Health Science Celebrates with a Train
While most of us are busy wrapping presents, METRO is busy wrapping trains. The UT Health Science Center at Houston is celebrating its 40 th anniversary with a 50-ton greeting for the world to see - a train wrapped in burnt-orange, celebrating four decades Read More...
METRORail, Pixie Dust and Peter Pan
Peter Pan and Captain Hook rode METRORail at noon today, spreading the magic of pixie dust through the air as they continued their adventure to Neverland. The two rode the rail to promote Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) ' performance of Peter Pan with Read More...
Salvation Army Sports Red Train
A special Christmas light-rail train was unveiled today at the Fannin South station - the Salvation Army's first wrapped train, designed to promote awareness of the century-old charity and encourage people to give. The train is supporting the Salvation Read More...
Greanias Reports on State of METRO
METRO President & CEO George Greanias reported on the state of METRO yesterday at the Greater Houston Partnership luncheon, saying that METRO has fixed problems, changed the way the agency does business and continues to make things work every day,with Read More...
Cute Cartoon Teaches Train Safety
We are in the middle of building three light-rail lines . Throughout this construction process, we want to make sure everyone stays safe . Light-rail trains are quiet - and they often move faster than the speed they appear to be moving. Five simple safety Read More...
Houston Gets Hotter
METRO just added a HOT Lane to help ease the city's traffic. Today, METRO officials cut a giant ribbon, marking the official conversion of the I-45 North High Occupancy Vehicle Lane (HOV Lane) to a HOT Lane (High Occupancy Toll ane). This gives people Read More...