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July 2013 - Posts

Part of METRORail to Shut Down This Weekend
Downtown revelers, heads up: A section of the METRORail line will be shut down this weekend due to construction. There will be no rail service between the Downtown Transit Center and UH-Downtown Stations, due to construction activities related to METRORail Read More...
Free Rides on Labor Day Weekend
Good news: METRO will be giving away free rides on our buses and rail during Labor Day weekend. If you've never ridden METRO before, that's a great weekend to try it out. Click here for our bus schedules and click here for a rail map. The train Read More...
Watch "METRO Matters" and Re-imagine Our Routes
Watch the latest edition of METRO Matters , and hear Board Member Christof Spieler talk about an ambitious, new project we’ve undertaken - System Re-imagining. Spieler talks about taking a blank piece of paper and re-drawing our routes from scratch. Read More...
Midtown Develops into Hip Urban Spot
What's happening in Midtown? If you're there on a Wednesday night, it's hard to find parking on Gray Street, where the sounds of salsa echo in the streets and young professionals enjoy sidewalk cafes or stroll down the street with their dogs. Read More...
High Gas Prices Mean Big Savings for Transit Riders
As you watch the gas prices creep up week after week, here's some good news: Using public transit is a great option that will help keep your budget intact. Gas prices have hiked 11 percent compared to last month. National average prices climbed by Read More...
Countdown to More Light Rail
The picture you see is not an artist's rendering. It's the actual construction of the Northline/HCC station, a station along our new Red Line (North Line), which extends the existing Red Line by 5.3 miles and goes through the center of the historic Read More...
Transit Corridor Streets
For the city of Houston, calling streets "transit corridor streets" is a big step toward creating complete streets , which provide safe access for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders. Transit-corridor streets are pedestrian-friendly Read More...
METRO's Amazing Race
Two teams of high school students were challenged to win a “race” getting around downtown attractions, using METRO buses, light rail and Greenlink , a free, downtown trolley shuttle operated by METRO. METRO’s Amazing Race involved 14 Read More...
Networking with Transit Pros
You're invited to attend a networking lunch hosted by the Houston chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT). The lunch is on Thursday, July 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grand Lux Café on Westheimer. John Breeding , president Read More...
HOT Lane Opens on Eastex Freeway
If you commute on the Eastex Freeway, you now have an option to speed up your trip. METRO's High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane opened today to solo drivers. Now, if you're driving alone without passengers, you can use the HOV lane by paying a toll Read More...
Entire Rail to Shut Down this Weekend
Weekend commuters who plan to enjoy downtown's restaurants and cultural offerings, be aware: The entire rail line is scheduled to shut down today, starting at 7:40 p.m. Normal service is expected to resume on Monday, July 15, at 4:30 a.m. All rail Read More...
METRO Meets Microsoft
Thousands of information technology experts have been attending Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 this week at the George R. Brown Convention Center - and METRO has been right there, showcasing our services. METRO partnered with the Greater Read More...
Dallas Offers Paperless Tickets
Starbucks regulars know they can flash a barcode on their smartphone and pay for that skinny vanilla latte without whipping out cash or a credit card. United Airlines travelers know they can call up a barcode on their smartphone instead of digging up Read More...
Block Party: A Smashing Success
METRO knows how to throw a party. Its first safety block party on the Fourth of July drew about 1,000 participants, who learned about METRO's new light-rail lines and how to operate safely around them. The party followed the annual Lindale Park Fourth Read More...
Community Feedback on METROLift's Future
METROLift is a transit service for customers who can't use the local bus routes or rail, due to a disability. Last spring, METRO conducted a dozen community workshops across the city to get feedback on our policies and practices. Participants were Read More...
Fourth of July Service
METRO will be operating a different schedule, in observance of Independence Day. Our buses will run on a Sunday schedule, while METRORail will operate on a Saturday schedule. There will be no Park & Ride service. METROLift reservations and customer Read More...
Sharing the Road
When bicyclists ride together en masse, they build a sense of camaraderie. At the same time, some motorists can get frustrated, sharing the road with a huge number of cyclists at once. Most bicyclists feel one should follow safety rules. Read more in Read More...
Bus Rapid Transit Coming to Uptown
Imagine riding a bus traveling in its own dedicated bus lane along Post Oak Boulevard in the Galleria area. While traffic is inching along all around, you're getting where you want to go without all the gridlock. That's what planners are envisioning Read More...