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February 2016 - Posts

METRO Introduces Mobile Ticketing
METRO officially launched mobile ticketing this morning at a news conference, calling this new feature a convenience riders will enjoy using. Jim Robinson , METRO vice chairman of the board, said the entire board was excited about launching this tool Read More...
Weekend Happenings with METRO Feb. 26-28
Oscar excitement is building up this weekend as thousands of film fans from around the world plan to attend parties and watch the Academy Awards on Sunday night. But before Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (or 6:30 p.m. if you want to watch the stars pose on the red Read More...
Downtown Rodeo Parade & Detours
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will transform downtown Houston into a down-home celebration of Western heritage, complete with cowboys and horses in a colorful downtown parade this Saturday. Festive floats will parade through downtown while thousands Read More...
Houston Unveils New Citywide Bike Plan
The city of Houston unveiled its comprehensive Houston Bike Plan last week, a detailed look at improving bike paths and making streets safer for bicyclists. The plan identifies $300 million to $500 million in improvements. The plan concentrates on creating Read More...
Ride METRO to the 2016 Rodeo
It’s time to dust off your western boots and don your cowboy hat as you head to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo , which kicks off with the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que on Thursday. Let METRO be your ride and avoid parking gridlock and Read More...
We Want to Hear Your Story
If you’re a regular rider of METRO and have a compelling story to tell about what METRO means to you, we want to hear about it. Every journey has a story – and every METRO rider has a story. What’s yours? The best rider stories from Read More...
"METRO Matters" on METROLift & Q Cards
The latest edition of "Metro Matters" will tell you everything you’ve always wanted to know about our new METROLift fares – and it will explain how our street team is encouraging cash-paying customers to switch to Q Cards. The first Read More...
Weekend Happenings with METRO Feb. 19-22
With temperatures expected to soar into the 80s this weekend, it will be perfect weather to explore the city’s fun offerings to relax and unwind. Choose from an Emmy-nominated comedian to enjoy some belly laughs or the soulful music of Hoagy Carmichael. Read More...
Rail Interruption This Weekend Feb. 21-22
Attention, rail riders: This weekend, there will be a service interruption on the Purple Line starting early Sunday morning for 24 hours. From Sunday, Feb. 21, at 3 a.m. until Monday, Feb. 22 at 3 a.m., rail service will be interrupted between Theater Read More...
Students Learn About METRO Careers
When most students think of METRO jobs, they think of bus and train operators. But METRO has careers that span all different fields. Last Saturday, about 30 METRO employees talked about their careers to thousands of students at the Houston Hispanic Forum Read More...
Free Rides to Vote in Primary Election
Cast your vote – and hop on METRO for a free ride to your polling place. METRO is offering free rides to area polls on local buses and METRORail this Saturday, Feb. 20, and Super Tuesday, March 1, when the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. “Each Read More...
Stay Off, Stay Away, Stay Alive
About every three hours, a vehicle or person is hit by a train. That’s from Operation Lifesaver , a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer free rail safety education programs nationwide. With three light-rail lines in the city ( Red Line Read More...
Weekend Happenings with METRO Feb. 12-14
Love is in the air this weekend with Valentine’s Day falling on Sunday. If candlelight and fancy dinners aren’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of choices to celebrate casually - from a bike ride to various farmers’ markets around Read More...
ReelAbilities Film Festival Offers Free Movies
A rich young man with social disorders falls in love with a woman with intellectual disabilities. A bipolar man embarks on a journey to treat his symptoms with alternative treatments. A 23-year-old woman talks about her life one year after suffering a Read More...
Houston Hispanic Forum’s Career & Education Day
This Saturday, the George R. Brown Convention Center will be the hot spot for one-stop shopping if you or your student want to learn about the best careers to pursue or what educational track to follow. The Houston Hispanic Forum is hosting its 30th Annual Read More...
Going Over the Edge at METRO
This Saturday, more than 70 brave people will be rappelling 14 stories down our METRO headquarters in a unique event to raise money for the H.E.A.R.T. Program , a job training and employment program for adults with developmental disabilities. The “Over Read More...
METRO Celebrates the Year of the Monkey
Come join METRO as we celebrate the Year of the Monkey at the Lunar New Year Festival . We’ll have a booth at the Viet Hoa Center on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This family-friendly, free festival includes traditional dances, Chinese Read More...
Weekend Happenings with METRO Feb. 5-7
Many of you may be preparing to host or attend a Super Bowl 50 party this Sunday, but there are plenty of fun activities to entertain you before or after the big game. From a classic movie with live orchestration to ice skating outdoors, the nation’s Read More...
New Tax Benefit for Commuters
There’s an enhanced tax incentive to entice you to use public transit. In the new federal transportation bill (FAST Act) that passed last December is an incentive that allows public transit users to protect up to $255 a month in pre-tax income to Read More...
Happy 50th Anniversary to the DOT
The federal department that governs METRO is observing its 50th anniversary in a year-long celebration. Happy Anniversary to the Department of Transportation, established by Congress in 1966 to ensure a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient Read More...
METRO Q® Fare Card Offers Perks
If you’re one of our riders on the 80 MLK/Lockwood this week, you’ll probably see our friendly street team, riding the bus. They are handing out brochures all this week with a METRO Q® Fare Card attached. All you need to do is take this Read More...
METRO Starts Shuttle to Auction
For 175 years, Harris County has conducted its monthly auction of tax delinquent properties on the steps of the downtown courthouse complex outside the Family Law Center. As many as 300 to 500 people attend these auctions, causing the outdoor “courthouse Read More...