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May 2014 - Posts

And the Winner Is...METRO!
METRO won two prestigious marketing awards last night from the American Marketing Association Houston - awards based not on beauty but on results. The AMA Houston Crystal Awards is the city's premier marketing awards. METRO won a Crystal in the Advertising Read More...
Partial Rail Shutdown
Got a date Friday night downtown? If you're riding METRORail , please be aware of a partial shutdown this weekend. No METRORail service will be available between the Downtown Transit Center and the Northline Transit Center . The closure is scheduled Read More...
Preparing for a Hurricane
Hurricane season officially begins in four days on June 1. While memories of the last hurricane that slammed into our region may be fading, Hurricane Ike in 2008 was blamed for at least 195 deaths. It’s important to be prepared, and Governor Rick Read More...
The Ins and Outs of System Reimagining
By now, you may have heard that METRO is redesigning its local bus routes from scratch, proposing to offer service every 15 minutes or better, seven days a week on certain routes. This massive undertaking is called System Reimagining , and we want to Read More...
Get Me to the Beach on Time!
Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, METRO is making it easier for you to hit the shores and sand without sitting in gridlock. Starting on Saturday, May 24 through Monday, Sept. 1, METRO is offering weekend service on the 45-South HOV Lane . The Read More...
National Police Week
This week is National Police Week , a week when thousands of law enforcement officers go to our nation's capital to participate in events that honor those who have given their lives to perform their duty. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Read More...
Partial Rail Closure, Then Full Closure This Weekend
If you plan on riding the rail this weekend to go to the zoo, museum or restaurants, please be aware of a partial rail interruption and then a full rail shutdown on Saturday night. Normal service will be interrupted on Friday, May 16 at 8:30 p.m., until Read More...
"Night School" Uses Idle School Buses
A new shuttle service that uses idle school buses will soon be transporting commuters between Oakland and San Francisco on weekends after BART closes. Dubbed Night School, the service is starting May 23 with just two school buses and union drivers, who Read More...
Fresh Fare for Lunch
The City Hall Farmers Market is in full swing every Wednesday, but its location has changed. Now through June 18, the farmers market is at the Houston Central Library at 500 McKinney St. Every Wednesday, you can pick up some farm-fresh, locally grown Read More...
METRORail Interruption on May 9
Pardon our dust: We are partially shutting down the Red Line over the weekend, due to METRORail expansion work. No service will be available between the Downtown Transit Center and the Northline Transit Center. We'll be closing tonight at 8:30 p.m. Read More...
System Reimagining: First Draft
Imagine a bus system in Houston that offers simpler, seven-day-a-week service that connects more people to more places faster. That's the intent of the first draft of System Reimagining , a plan that, if approved by the METRO board, will give METRO's Read More...
Let's Bike to Work on Friday!
Air up your tires and dust off your bike. Mayor Annise Parker has declared Friday, May 9, Bike-to-Work Day when workers are encouraged to use pedal power to get to the office. Join an organized Bike-to-Work ride from Memorial Park to the downtown Central Read More...
Don't Text. Just Drive.
Consider this sobering fact: In 2012, more than 3,400 people between the ages of 15 and 20 years died in vehicle crashes. May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month , and young safety advocates nationwide are working hard to call attention to safe driving Read More...
Enjoying Art at Bus Shelters
Soon bus commuters will see vibrant art on four bus shelters. One features a geometric floral design, another shows a woman's head out of which a crane emerges over the Ship Channel, a third design focuses on railroad tracks and a fourth one depicts Read More...
Alternate Route for U.S. 290
If you're traveling outbound on U.S. 290, we are recommending an alternate route for commuters who use the HOV/HOT lanes. This alternate route is to help ease congestion around the Northwest Transit Center (NTC) and is intended only for HOV/HOT lane Read More...
METRO Tests Prototype Bus
Take a look at our newest type of bus we're adding to our fleet: The NABI bus - a 40-foot, clean-diesel transit bus. You'll find a stainless steel body, great stain-resistant seats, 10 cameras and white LED lights that make reading our bus signs Read More...