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June 2014 - Posts

Keeping Cool While Learning About Our Cool Redesign
This guest post was written by intern Sajana Palla. METRO kept its riders cool on a hot day last week by handing out bottles of water and colorful paper fans. But these were no ordinary fans. The fans promoted the massive overhaul METRO is doing, redesigning Read More...
Rail Interruption Tonight - June 27
We're building more rail - and that means some temporary interruptions. Tonight at 8 p.m., we'll be interrupting METRORail service between the Downtown Transit Center and the Northline Transit Center . We will operate dedicated "700 Rail Read More...
Christof Spieler on a Reimagined Bus Network
Today is a guest post by METRO Board Member Christof Spieler, chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. He is also the director of planning at Morris Architects and a senior lecturer at the Rice School of Architecture. He takes METRO for most of his Read More...
Ride METRORail to the Grand Prix
Don’t let traffic gridlock slow you down on your way to see the Grand Prix of Houston this weekend. If you’re planning to watch the races, where IndyCars will be speeding up to 180 miles per hour, make sure you get to and from this exciting Read More...
The Year of the Bus
While we are redesigning our local bus routes from scratch, across the Atlantic, London is celebrating almost two centuries of the bus. It's the Year of the Bus at the London Transport Museum as it celebrates the important role of the bus in moving Read More...
World Refugees Meet METRO
Dozens of refugees and new residents climbed aboard a METRO hybrid bus on Saturday, learning about METRO Q® Fare Cards and how to ride METRO. It was World Refugee Day at the Raindrop Foundation Turkish House , and METRO had a 40-foot local bus parked Read More...
METRO Celebrates World Refugees
Bring the family to a free, fun event celebrating the diversity and culture of Houston's refugees from 78 countries. World Refugee Day is tomorrow, and the day will be celebrated at the Raindrop Foundation Turkish House at 9301 W. Bellfort Ave. There Read More...
Dump the Pump 2014
If you care about the environment, a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint is to use public transit. If you're concerned about your household finances, a simple way to save money is to ride a bus or train. Today is the ninth annual Dump the Pump Read More...
My Houston with METRO’s Christof Spieler
Learn about METRO’s ambitious plan to redesign our local bus routes from METRO Board Member Christof Spieler . My Houston 2040’s monthly lunchtime seminar tomorrow features Spieler, chair of METRO’s Strategic Planning Committee and a Read More...
Red/North Line is Changing Neighborhoods
Read more here . The extended Red/North Line has been open since December, and already neighborhoods in the Northside are changing. Community leaders are saying the train is becoming a valued aspect of the Northside and an important connection for many Read More...
Your Thoughts on Our New System
Tonight, METRO is going to HCC-Northwest College (Spring Branch campus) to explain a proposed massive redesign of our local bus routes. It's called System Reimagining and features more routes with buses every 15 minutes or better, seven days a week. Read More...
Spreading the Word at Transit Centers
METRO is in the midst of redesigning its local bus routes from scratch in a huge project called System Reimagining. If approved by the board, METRO passengers will be riding buses with better connections and fewer branches. On the frequent network,buses Read More...
Girl Scouts Earn Safety Badges
Girls Scouts are all about discovering self, connecting with others and taking actions to make the world a better place. Recently, Houston-area Girl Scouts learned about METRORail - and how to be safe around tracks and trains. Nearly 50 area troops - Read More...
Exploring TranStar
YPT Houston is hosting a tech tour at Houston TranStar , a national leader in freeway incident management. Young Professionals in Transportation is inviting young adults in transit - and the young at heart - to a tour on Thursday, June 19, from 11:30 Read More...
Good News for Small Businesses
Now small businesses can view METRO's bids for items or services $15,000 to 50,000 on our website. Items or services that range from $15,000 to $50,000 are called informal procurements or informal solicitations - or sometimes "spot bids." Read More...
Safe Summer Driving Tips
Summer is in full swing with the kids out of school and families taking weekend getaways and long road trips. Here are some tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to make sure you are doing everything you can to be safe on Read More...
The Thrill of a First Ride
A group of seniors from northwest Houston recently boarded METRORail for the first time, learning to navigate our trains. They were thrilled. Willie Hall, a resident of Acres Homes, enjoyed her first ride on METRORail. "It's really nice," Read More...
Watch METRO Matters: New METROLift Rules
METROLift is changing its rules for no-shows and late cancellations. Up until now, METROLift - our paratransit serivce - has been very lenient about people who make a reservation for a ride and then simply don't show up. After surveys and community Read More...
Help Stop Human Trafficking
A 10-year-old girl from Peru was sold for a cell phone. Her name was Lilly. Modern-day slaves are branded like cattle. These were just some of the stories officials told as agencies - federal, state and local - banded together to launch a campaign today Read More...
Let Them Be Heard
Human trafficking. It happens every day to girls, boys, women, men, foreigners, U.S. citizens. In fact, it is the second largest criminal industry in the world and the fastest growing. Houston is one of the nation's biggest hubs for human trafficking Read More...