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October 2014 - Posts

First Downtown Bike Lane Delayed
Earlier, we blogged that the city's first downtown dedicated bike lane would be ready by fall. Now it's been delayed because the only company that can furnish the humps that separate the lane from main traffic is overwhelmed with orders. The city's Read More...
Celebrate Halloween with Zoo Boo
Bring your little ghosts and goblins to Houston’s biggest family-friendly Halloween event. Get decked out in your scariest – or prettiest – outfit and enjoy Zoo Boo at the Houston Zoo. Wander through a pumpkin patch, choose your favorite Read More...
METRO Wins AdWheel Award
METRO captured First Place in the 2014 Annual AdWheel Awards competition last week. Equivalent to Hollywood's Oscar, this prestigious award recognizes outstanding work and creative excellence among public transportation systems in advertising, communications, Read More...
A Lost Wallet and a Bus Operator
Walter McBride was driving to work when he saw an expensive-looking wallet laying on Holcombe Street in the Medical Center. A METRO bus operator for 37 years, McBride stopped his car and picked it up. "It looked valuable. There was a contact number Read More...
Partial Rail Shutdown & Building Implosion
This weekend, you'll need to allow extra time to travel if you're downtown. First, the Houston Club Building at 811 Rusk is scheduled to be imploded early Sunday morning. METRO will detour select bus service in the area today from 7 p.m. through Read More...
Need Money? Speak Up and Complain
Transit service depends on federal dollars - and local transit stakeholders need to raise their voices and "get loud" to demand more funding. That was the message from the nation's top transportation official, speaking on Tuesday to the Read More...
Day 3 of APTA
On a picture-perfect fall day, hundreds of APTA Expo conference-goers stayed inside the George R. Brown Convention Center to stroll through hundreds of exhibits. This was Day 3 of the world's biggest transportation showcase with more than 800 vendors Read More...
Creating Infrastructure
What's the connection between good infrastructure and public transportation? Allen Watson , METRO Board Vice Chairman, talked with KUHF's Gail Delaughter yesterday at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Expo , a giant triennial Read More...
Transit Pros from Around the World
Step inside the George R. Brown Convention Center, and you'll find the world's largest showcase for public transportation with hundreds of vendors displaying the latest technology on Day 2 of this three-day convention. The American Public Transportation Read More...
Welcome APTA Expo!
Today is the first day of the transit industry's biggest event - the APTA Expo. Thousands of transit professionals from 65 countries, as well as hundreds of vendors, are meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center where trends, products and services Read More...
Weekend Events and Getting There on METRO
"Wings of the City," the breathtaking, bronzed statues by famed Mexican artist Jorge Marin have been installed throughout Discovery Green. These magnificent sculptures of angels show deep emotions - from anguish and sadness to courage. There's Read More...
Transit Industry's Biggest Event Coming to Town
Next Monday, thousands of transit professionals will be in Houston, attending APTA Expo 2014 , the transit industry's premiere showcase of technology, products and services. The APTA Expo will be at the George R. Brown Convention Center from Oct. Read More...
METRO CEO Highlights Goals
This article appeared on Oct. 6, 2014, in “Passenger Transport, “ a publication of the Association of Public Transportation (APTA). It was written by METRO’s President & CEO Tom Lambert. Ride METRO! You will hear it in the announcements Read More...
A Bus Stop of Culture and Commuity
The following is a guest post by Carolina Mendoza, METRO media specialist. At the corner of Navigation and North Live Oak, tucked between a neatly manicured garden and the street pole , you'll find a bus stop unlike any of the nearly 10,000 bus stops Read More...
METRO's Night Out Against Crime
METRO is joining communities across Houston in observing National Night Out 2014 tomorrow. National Night Out is a nationwide celebration, encouraging neighbors to get to know each other by turning front porch lights on and has expanded to include cookouts, Read More...
Rail Car Achieves Milestone
METRO's first CAF USA rail car 301 has just achieved a milestone. It has successfully finished its burn-in period, recording the federally required 4,000 miles of travel. Before a light-rail vehicle can operate with passengers, it must simulate regular Read More...
MPD Adds Five Officers to Force
The METRO police force expanded by five new officers this morning in a swearing-in ceremony witnessed by family and friends. The officers - three women and two men - represented novices to policing and experienced officers. They were: Anum Baig, Zachary Read More...
METRO Moves Forward with Redesigning Routes
The METRO Board of Directors last week gave the green light - in principle - to redesigning our local bus routes. This is not final approval of System Reimagining , but the decision authorizes the staff to develop schedules for the huge redesign while Read More...