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November 2013 - Posts

A Parade and a Turkey Trot
On Thanksgiving, most of us will be spending time with family and friends, giving thanks for all our blessings. Some will be celebrating with the 64 th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade downtown or running the TXU Energy Turkey Trot . All these activities Read More...
Construction Update on North/Red Line
If you haven't been driving around the north side of Houston, then you may not realize that our new North/Red Line is almost ready for operation. It will be open to the public on Dec. 21. The new 5.3-mile North/Red Line extends the current Main Street Read More...
Study to Measure Impact of Train and Physical Activity
Regularly using public transit has been linked to greater levels of physical activity and slimmer figures. But what about the long-term effects of transit in a neighborhood? Will the presence of a neighborhood train make you healthier because it will Read More...
Our Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
METRO will operate on a special holiday schedule next week to observe the Thanksgiving holiday. On Wednesday, Nov. 27, local bus routes will run a regular weekday schedule. Park & Ride routes will operate additional trips from downtown. Click here Read More...
You're invited to Visit Us
What would make you want to come to Houston to attend a conference? We produced a video, inviting transit professionals nationwide attending a conference in Chicago to come to Houston in 2014 for the annual conference by the American Public Transportation Read More...
Driverless Cars and No Need for Parking
We’re all familiar with video on demand. When we want to watch a movie at home, we downstream a movie, using our cable company or some other service. Now imagine mobility on demand. Yesterday, the House Transportation Subcommittee held a hearing Read More...
West U Councilman Attends Transit Academy, Now on Mission for METRO
The following is a guest post by Carolina Mendoza, media specialist in the METRO Press Office. His interest in transit stems from childhood days riding a bus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It progressed as a young adult in Chicago where he didn't have a Read More...
No-Shows and Cancellations
In the airline world, we all know what no-shows and cancellations are. Many times airlines overbook flights deliberately, expecting a certain number of passengers to be "no-shows." But when it comes to door-to-door transit for people with disabilities, Read More...
Going to the Game? Here's Where to Park
If you're planning to be among the thousands of fans watching the Texans play the Oakland Raiders this Sunday, here's your parking solution. Drive to the Fannin South Park & Ride lot at 1604 West Bellfort. Then hop on METRORail and ride the Read More...
These Boots Are Made for Walking
How walkable is your neighborhood? The key to making a neighborhood more walkable than another is designing a form that encourages walking and transit use over driving Come hear a national expert talk about this tonight at My Houston 2040, a monthly meeting Read More...
Houston's Traffic: We're Not the Worst
For those of you who have inched forward in traffic on the freeway - and pick any freeway because most all are clogged - you probably view Houston's traffic as one of the worst. The good news: We're not the worst. Washington, D.C./Virginia/Maryland Read More...
Hiring a Veteran
On this Veterans Day, one of the best ways to honor veterans is to hire them. Double-digit unemployment is still common among recent veterans, according to the Washington Post . Here at METRO, we are making an effort to reach out to the men and women Read More...
Rails to Restaurants
Come party with us as we ride the rail in a progressive dinner, sampling the eats at restaurants along METRORail. Houston Greeters is sponsoring this event to celebrate Houston's Citizenship Month , a series of community events recognizing the city's Read More...
Free Rides for Veterans
METRO is offering free rides to all veterans and active military service personnel on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. This is our way of saluting our veterans who have given so much to our country. Free rides will be offered to veterans and active military Read More...
Protect Your Smart Phone
Cell phone theft is on the rise nationwide – and that includes our city. Take a look at the stats. Cell phone theft now accounts for 30 to 40 percent of all crime in major U.S. cities. It’s up 50 percent in San Francisco and 40 percent in Read More...
Mentoring Fifth-Graders
METRO police are being joined by additional police officers from the Houston Independent School District to mentor fifth-graders at nine elementary schools. This is part of HISD's law-enforcement mentorship program, according to the HISD website. Read More...
Free Rides to Voters
METRO is offering free rides on all its local buses and rail , if you are going to the polls. You must carry your voter registration card with you. METRO is also giving free rides on METROLift , but not the Park & Ride routes. We want to give every Read More...
Going to the Movies with METRO
Going to Houston's premiere film festival next week is a lot easier if you take METRORail. The Houston Cinema Arts Festival takes place at venues that are right off the METRORail Red Line or within easy walking distance, making this event a great Read More...