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April 2013 - Posts

CarShare Offers Commuters Another Option
One of the big excuses for not participating in a car-sharing program is the unexpected meeting or emergency. What happens if the big boss summons you to a meeting downtown, and you're working in the Energy Corridor? Or what if your kid gets sick Read More...
May Day Houston
Get ready to celebrate the first day of May with May Day Houston. May Day Houston is a consortium of community organizations, non-profits and government officials working under the umbrella of the Houston Community Preparedness Collaborative to promote Read More...
Fun in the Sun
Driving to the beach on a weekend should be faster and less stressful, heading into Memorial Day weekend. Starting on Saturday, May 18, a 15.5 mile stretch of HOV lane on Interstate 45 will be open as part of a pilot program the METRO board approved yesterday. Read More...
It's Arrived: The METRO T.R.I.P. App
If you've got a smart phone, we've just made riding our buses or trains a lot easier. Today, we officially launched the METRO T.R.I.P. app - a tool that retrieves our schedule information, predicts real-time arrival of buses and helps you plan Read More...
Turn the Lights Out, Houston
Starting tomorrow night, Houston will turn the lights out, switching from the “energy capital of the world” to the “energy conservation capital.” The citywide commitment to energy efficiency, dubbed LightsOut Houston, encourages Read More...
METRO Wins Three Finance Awards
Most accountants and financial analysts toil behind the scenes in quiet anonymity. But for METRO's Finance Department, diligent and smart work has resulted in three industry awards: The Certificate of Distinction to METRO's investment policy awarded Read More...
Help Improve Houston
Here's your chance to help create a better community - one where you can live, work and play. Dubbed an urban center , these are parts of the city where people from all walks of life can live, work, learn, eat, pray and stay. It is a place that has Read More...
Rider Alert Detours
The Downtown Transit Center will be closed to all pedestrians and buses this Saturday, April 20, from 1:30 a.m. until normal service resumes on Sunday, April 21, at 5 a.m. St. Joseph Parkway, between Main Street and Travis Street, will also be closed Read More...
Rapid Bus Lanes on Post Oak
If you’ve ever tried to shop at the Galleria on a weekend, you know how clogged the lanes can be on Post Oak. Now, there’s a plan to change that. Mayor Annise Parker has announced details of a plan to fund construction of a mass transit corridor Read More...
Two Bus Operators to Compete Internationally
Two of METRO's most skillful bus operators are scheduled to compete in the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) International Bus Roadeo in Indianapolis. The International Bus Roadeo is a test of skill and talent as bus operators Read More...
Singapore Studies METRO HOV Lanes
Houstonians are not the only ones who hate traffic. Singapore residents do, too. Last week, a delegation made up of both government officials and the engineering firm AECOM chose Houston as one of three stops in the United States to study how we handle Read More...
Rail Interruption Tonight Till Monday
If you're riding METRORail this weekend, be aware that there will be a service interruption tonight at 8 until Monday, April 15, at 4:30 a.m. Service will stop between the Downtown Transit Center and UH-Downtown Stations because of construction activities Read More...
Free Midtown Festival at Art in the Park
This Friday and Saturday, come out and enjoy live music, an outdoor movie night, painting parties and art cars - all free of charge. It's a two-day "7 th Annual Midtown Art in the Park" event to celebrate the installation of what's being Read More...
Celebrating New Rail Cars and 100 Million
Yesterday, METRO celebrated its milestone of 100 million boardings with the second highest single-day ridership in the month of April. The ridership yesterday was second only to the ridership on April 4, 2011, when the NCAA Men's Division Basketball Read More...
METRO Celebrates 100 Million with Free Rides, Mob Dance
On this blustery, sunny morning, two new Siemens S70 H2 rail cars rolled down the track in a maiden voyage from the UHD-Downtown Station to the Downtown Transit Center Station, carrying Mayor Annise Parker, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, METRO Board Read More...
Free Rides on METRORail
Celebrate our 100 million boardings and ride METRORail all day on Tuesday, April 9 - for free. We reached this milestone four years early, thanks to all of you, our riders. We want to show our appreciation by letting everyone ride the rail free on Tuesday. Read More...
Free Rides Celebrate 100 Million
Next Tuesday, hop on board METRORail - and don't pay a cent. To celebrate our 100 million boardings, METRO is offering free rides all day. We'll have the first of two new rail cars operating - Siemens S70 H2 rail cars that will be making their Read More...
Day Pass Returns
The popular "day pass" is coming back to METRO. On March 29, the METRO board took the first step to bringing back the "day pass" by approving $175,000 to adapt METRO's Q Card system so that a $3 extended "day pass" feature Read More...
Public Hearing Next Tuesday
METRO has scheduled a public hearing on Tuesday, April 9, to present proposed changes to our service and fare equity policies, as well as to receive comments on proposed service adjustments effective June 9. The hearing will be at 1 p.m. in the board Read More...
City to Officially Launch B-cycle
Tomorrow, the city of Houston is expected to officially roll out its Houston B-cycle bike-sharing program. The phase 2 launch is scheduled at City Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It has been moved from the City Hall Farmer's Market to indoors, due to Read More...
METRO Launches New Shuttle
METRO has started a new service today to the Houston Food Bank . It's the 348 Food Bank Shuttle, and it will go to three destinations: Fifth Ward/Denver Harbor Transit Center , Houston Food Bank and Houston Community College - Northeast Campus . The Read More...