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August 2013 - Posts

More Bicyclists on the Road Prompt Legal Changes
Urban neighborhoods in Denver are experiencing resurgence - and residents are choosing to walk, bike and take public transit rather than rely on cars. The result has been an increase in conflicts between motorists and bicyclists and pedestrians with a Read More...
Free Rides this Weekend
This weekend, we have a gift to all Houstonians: free rides. Starting Saturday through Monday, Labor Day, all rides on local buses and trains are free. This is a great chance to try our system, or to invite your friends and family who have never hopped Read More...
METRO Planning for Macy's Implosion
The iconic downtown department store Macy's is scheduled to implode ten minutes past sunrise on Sunday, Sept. 22. METRO staff is busy planning for this event since the Main Street Line/Red Line runs adjacent to Macy's. Cherry Companies of Houston Read More...
Wearable Art that's Smart
A little fashion bling can help some Boston commuters board the train or bus faster, thanks to a group of students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), reports Boston.com . Three MIT students created a ring with a radio-frequency identification Read More...
North/Red Line to Be Tested
METRORail is scheduled to test electricity and resume clearance testing on the new North/Red Line on next Monday, Aug. 26, through Thursday, Aug. 29. The electric power tests are scheduled to occur on Wednesday between 6 and 10 p.m. The affected zone Read More...
Reimagine: A Network of Frequent Buses
Ever wonder why it’s taking your connecting bus so long to arrive? In order for a transit system to be efficient and effective, we need to create a network where buses are frequent. But that costs money. Tune in now to hear transit guru Jarrett Read More...
Bold, Color Images on the ROC
Train operator and artist Daniel Anguilu has finished his latest mural - a colorful painting on the wall of METRO's Rail Operations Center at West Bellfort. Anguilu's artistry was captured on videotape, where it will be shown at the American Public Read More...
Trending: METRO Attracts More Riders
More Houstonians are riding METRO this year compared to a year ago the same period, thanks to a stronger economy, more service and more rail cars operating on the Main Street/Red Line . Both bus and rail ridership increased 3.7 percent from October 2012 Read More...
STAR Vanpool Wins Award
David McMaster of METRO's STAR vanpool program was honored recently with a prestigious industry award, acknowledging his exceptional leadership. McMaster, a 16-year veteran at METRO, received the 2013 President's Award from the Association for Read More...
Installing Art Along New Rail Line
We're installing original art at our stations along the North/Red Line extension that is scheduled to open in December. KUHT-TV/HoustonPBS was on the scene to capture the work. Check out our Facebook page to see photos of the TV crew at work. And Read More...
Congress Appropriates Funds for Light Rail
Good news for METRO: Congress has appropriated $189 million for two of our light-rail lines - the North/Red Line extension and the Southeast/Purple Line . Each line will receive $94.5 million. The funds are part of the $900 million Full Funding Grant Read More...
METRORail Rider Alert This Weekend
Attention, downtown travelers: Rail service is scheduled to stop on a portion of our system tonight at 8:30 p.m. due to construction activities for METRORail expansion. Service will resume on Monday, Aug. 12, at 4:30 a.m. We'll operate "rail Read More...
Public Art on the Rail
Get a preview of original art that will be integrated into METRO's three new light-rail lines, adding more than 15 miles and 24 stations to our existing service. The new stations will feature art from 22 mostly local artists, and now you can view Read More...
Double the Fun: Twin Sisters Drive METRO Buses
For decades, riders have boarded a bus, glanced at the driver and done a double-take as they look at Winnie Peters…or was that Jimmie Prevot? The two women are identical twin sisters, and in their starched, white uniform shirts, matching sunglasses Read More...
Beat the Heat
Step outside, and the 98-degree heat, which feels like 104 degrees, engulfs you like a sauna. Heat can be deadly. METRO's Safety Department wants everyone to stay safe as temperatures continue to sizzle and offers these tips: Drink plenty of fluid. Read More...
Back to School at the RideStore
Summer is winding down, and many of you who are parents of school-age children are already planning on snapping up school clothes during the tax-free weekend coming up. Add this to your "to do" list for school: A discounted student Q Card . Read More...