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January 2014 - Posts

No Parking at the Airport? Just Rent Out Your Car
Three young men bound for Ivy League schools (Princeton, Harvard and MIT) instead put their college education on hold to start a business that allows airline passengers to rent their cars to strangers instead of paying to park them in long-term lots. Read More...
METRO Celebrates the Year of the Horse
Gung hay fat choy. Join us as we celebrate Chinese New Year at community festivals this weekend and next weekend. It's the Year of the Horse - and that means a time of fast victories, unexpected adventure and surprising romance. METRO will be ringing Read More...
The First Mass Transit Super Bowl
Officials are gearing up for what they are dubbing the first mass transit Super Bowl this Sunday. The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos will be playing in Super Bowl XLVIII at the MetLife Stadium, and the Long Island Rail Road is adding trains to Read More...
All HOV/HOT Lanes Open
All five of METRO’s HOV/HOT lanes will be open for the afternoon rush hour. The lanes are: US 290, 45 North, 45 South, 59 North and 59 South. Earlier this morning, METRO found 24 ramps and connectors covered with ice, making them unsafe to drive Read More...
METRO HOV/HOT Lanes Closed This Morning
Due to weather conditions, METRO has closed its HOV/HOT lanes during the morning commute. The METRO HOV/HOT lanes include US 290, 45 North, 45 South, 59 North and 59 South. Please note that the Harris County Toll Authority (HCTRA) operates the Katy managed Read More...
METRO to Resume Normal Service Tomorrow
The severe weather is subsiding, and METRO plans on resuming normal service tomorrow. METRO HOV/HOT lanes will be open, Park & Ride will run normally, local bus and METRORail will operate on its regular schedule. Of course, we will assess all HOV/HOT Read More...
One Route Suspended
Route 137 Northshore has been suspended due to weather conditions and lack of an alternate route. Trains are running about every 12 minutes. Call 713-635-4000 for updated information for a particular route. Read More...
METRO Continues to Monitor Weather
Already this morning, there have been reports of sleet and snow flurries in areas north of Houston, and TxDOT crews are sanding slick areas on roadways. Here at METRO, service remains as outlined in the previous post: HOV/HOT lanes closed, no Park & Read More...
METRO Prepares for Winter Blast
METRO is gearing up for another winter blast predicted to hit early Tuesday morning and last through noon Wednesday. Forecasters are expecting sleet and ice, creating dangerous road conditions. To operate safely, METRO will be doing the following on Tuesday: Read More...
METRO Names New CEO
The METRO Board of Directors yesterday selected a president and CEO who has spent almost his entire career at METRO. Tom Lambert , the agency’s former chief of police for almost 30 years, was chosen to lead the agency, a role he has done on an interim Read More...
METRO Starting to Resume More Normal Service
METRO is starting to re-establish bus service on highways and other primary roads. Icy freeways and overpasses caused service detours and delays this morning. We are offering reduced service this afternoon during rush hour since our morning ridership Read More...
METRO Cuts Back Service
Due to the severe weather conditions, METRO is cutting back service. Ice on the freeways and overpasses is forcing us to reduce service throughout the region. Ridership has been very light all morning, and we don’t expect it to pick up due to the Read More...
METRO Running Service; HOV Lanes Closed
METRO is continuing to run bus and rail service, but please expect delays. Icy conditions on the roads have caused us to close the HOV/HOT lanes. Park & Ride buses, Star vanpools and carpools must now use the main lanes. METRORail trains are running Read More...
METRO Responds to Freezing Rain & Sleet
An artic cold front is moving through southeast Texas, causing temperatures to dip and creating windy conditions. METRO is monitoring this severe weather. Forecasters are predicting sleet that will begin across the north and then spread southward, according Read More...
Job Fair this Saturday
If you’re looking for a job or thinking of a career switch, come to a METRO job fair this Saturday, Jan. 25. The job fair will be from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Houston Community College – Fraga Campus at 301 N. Drennan. To come by bus, take 37 Read More...
Service Changes Next Sunday
Starting next Sunday, Jan. 26, we'll be making service changes that will minimize overcrowding and improve on-time performance. We'll also be adding trips. Here are some highlights: 1 Hospital: Adjust running times to improve reliability 2 Bellaire: Read More...
Chevron Houston Marathon Detours
This Sunday, hundreds of thousands of runners will be pounding the pavement in the Chevron Houston Marathon , the Aramco Houston Half Marathon and the 5K run. Runners and spectators enjoy miles of entertainment with the "Hoopla Brigade," a concept Read More...
METRO Matters on Safety
Your safety on our system is our top priority. With our newly extended North/Red Line and two more light-rail lines opening this fall,learning safety tips around rail is vital. Find out what METRO is doing to promote safety- from our buses to our light-rail Read More...
High-speed rail to Dallas
Right now, to get to Dallas you can hop in your car and drive four hours. Or drive to the airport, pay for parking, stand in line at a security checkpoint, and then wait an hour before boarding. Or take a regional bus from downtown. Now imagine boarding Read More...
B-Cycle Station Closing Today
If you're a regular Houston B-Cycle user, be aware that starting today at 2 p.m., the Main and Dallas station will be closed due to improvements being made to the Green Street development. Pavers on that section of the street are being replaced and Read More...
Pinemont Park & Ride to Close
If you park at our Pinemont Park & Ride lot, we are sorry to tell you that the lot is closing. The last day of service is next Friday, Jan. 24. The lot is closing due to the reconstruction and widening of U.S. 290. TxDOT and the Harris County Toll Read More...
Washington Commuters to Get High-tech Fare Options
If you are a regular Starbucks customer, you are already familiar with waving your cell phone over an electronic reader on the counter to pay for your grande soy latte, no whip. Soon, Washington commuters will have that option of using their mobile phones Read More...
Extreme Cold Affects Rail System in East, Midwest
While we Houstonians have covered our plants, wrapped pipes and bundled up in layers, our winter temperatures are nothing compared to the Arctic mass sweeping across the Midwest and along the East Coast. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Read More...
A Video of our North Line Grand Opening
If you missed our grand opening on Dec. 21 of the North/Red Line extension, or if you attended and want to re-live some of the exciting moments, check out our video of the highlights. From colorful ballet folklorico dancers to Latin sounds to brief comments Read More...
HOT Prices to Increase
Starting on Monday, Jan. 6, HOT fees will increase during peak hours in order to keep traffic flowing smoothly. HOV-only hours will expand and tolls will go up by as much as $2.25. HOV/HOT (High Occupancy Vehicle/High Occupancy Toll) lanes had been experiencing Read More...