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February 2014 - Posts

UH Student Wins Marketing Contest
Jasmyne Bell, a University of Houston sophomore, rides a METRO bus every day. She rides her bike and then the bus when she goes to work, and she rides the bus to get to classes. But Bell had never used a METRO Q® Fare Card - much less, a student fare Read More...
METRO Names Top Official
After serving 14 months as METRO's interim president & CEO, a long-time veteran of the agency who built his career here, has been officially appointed president and CEO. Tom Lambert's official appointment was announced at yesterday's METRO Read More...
Ride METRORail to the Rodeo
It’s time to don a western hat and slip into those cowboy boots with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in full swing next week. We can help you get there and back without inching through the crush of traffic. In addition to our rodeo shuttles Read More...
Musical Subway Turnstiles
If you ever travel to New York and ride the subway, you'll hear electronic tones as you walk through the turnstiles. Those tones are for seeing-impaired patrons who listen for one tone, which means "go," a double tone, which means "swipe Read More...
Catch the Rodeo with METRO
If you're planning to kick up your boots and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo opening this Thursday with the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest , METRO can help get you there and avoid some of the traffic Read More...
Houston's Becoming a Biking City
The number of commuters who use both bike and bus to get around town has increased more than 47 percent in January, compared to a year ago same month. Our bike boardings totaled 17,859 in January, up from 12,111 in January 2013. Last October, METRO reported Read More...
Texting and Driving: A Dangerous Combination
Did you know that a texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver? Yet one million people text while driving every day. The average text distracts a driver's eyes from the road for nearly five seconds. At 55 Read More...
A Government "eBay" for Surplus Items
Think of it as eBay for government agencies. Need a carpenter’s work table? You can buy one from Oregon State University for $158.50 in the next two days and four hours, but must pick up. If you need a birthday gift for your sweetheart, how about Read More...
Complete Streets and Complete Neighborhoods
Imagine living in a neighborhood where you didn't have to hop in your car to buy a gallon of milk. You could walk to the grocery store, walk to the dry cleaners, walk to the movies. I once lived in a neighborhood where I rarely used my car on weekends Read More...
Celebrate Valentine's Day with Discounts
If you're still wondering where to take your sweetheart for Valentine's Day , consider riding METRORail and enjoying some of the restaurants along the rail that are part of our Q Star program . Participating vendors in the Q Star program offer Read More...
METRO to Conduct Special Board Meeting
METRO is scheduled to conduct a special board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. The agenda will include discussion on the Harrisburg grade separation, public comments and the sale of a portion of Westpark corridor to Fort Bend County . An executive Read More...
Ridership Exceeds Expectations on Red Line
In its first month of operation, the Red/North Line extension exceeded ridership projections by 62 percent. METRO launched its 5.3-mile extension of the Red/North Line last Dec. 21 - extending the line from HCC-Downtown Station eight more stops to Northline Read More...
Houston's Rail Expansion
With the extended Red/North Line (Main Street Line) operational, we now have 13 miles of rail. And with the opening of two more light-rail lines later this year - the Green/East End Line and the Purple/Southeast Line , we will have more than tripled our Read More...
Longer Commute Times
If you drive to work, you've probably noticed that commute times have been inching up as you sit in traffic. You're right. Newly analyzed data from Houston TranStar reveal that from 2011 to 2013, travel times during rush hours have increased by Read More...
METRO Hires Fare Inspectors
Since the Red Line extension opened last December, METRO has hired seven fare inspectors, who not only randomly check riders' fare media, but also act as goodwill ambassadors, giving directions and explaining any bus-train connections. "This Read More...
Calling Young Transit Professionals
If you're a young professional in transit, you're invited to a happy hour where you can meet and mingle with others like you. Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) is hosting February's happy hour on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 Read More...
Testing New Tracks
Starting today, tracks on the Purple/Southeast Line are being tested, using a giant diesel-powered tow truck that can operate on tracks or pavement. This type of tow truck is used when electrical current is not available to power a train. If you’re Read More...
Construction Update on the East End and Southeast Lines
Later this year, we're planning to open two new light-rail lines: the Green/East End Line and the Purple/Southeast Line. The 3.3-mile East End Line travels along Harrisburg from the Magnolia Park Transit center through the historic East End to downtown Read More...