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August 2016 - Posts

Labor Day Holiday Schedule 2016
Labor Day weekend is coming up, and that means lots of fun activities for the family. Whether you’re planning a picnic, shopping for sales or checking out new restaurants or movies, you can ride METRO to get you where you need to go. Here’s Read More...
Fare Inspectors: They Don't Just Write Tickets
If you’ve hopped on a train recently, you’ve probably seen men and women decked out in fluorescent lime green safety vests. They are our fare inspectors. But they do more than ensure riders have tapped their Q Card. They also give directions, Read More...
New Midday & Evening Service
The 269 West Bellfort/Westwood route has a new midday bus service in the Southwest Freeway corridor, and a new evening service. That means you can now enjoy both midday and evening Park & Ride service between downtown, Hillcroft Park & Ride and Read More...
Weekend Happenings with METRO August 26-28, 2016
This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing. With the kids back in school, you really have to take advantage of weekend activities now. For this weekend, we’ve chosen an outdoor evening event Read More...
Bullet-proofing Our K9s
Four-footed police officers need protection, too, and the METRO Police Department’s seven K9 officers recently received bullet and stab-protective vests. The protective vests, valued at $1,050 each, were donated to METRO by Vested Interest in K9s Read More...
METRO to Build More Bus Shelters
If you’ve hopped on the bus recently to get around town, you know that the humidity, heat and afternoon thunderstorms can make it uncomfortable to wait for an air-conditioned bus to roll up. Bus shelters offer the needed comfort and respite from Read More...
Enjoying the Texans with METRO
This Sunday, the Houston Texans play against the Arizona Cardinals in a pre-season exhibition game at NRG Stadium, and METRO has a great way for you to get there and back. Park in our lot at the Fannin South Transit Center at 1604 West Bellfort. Special Read More...
Back-to-school Hours for RideStore
If you’re a student, or if you have a student in the family, take advantage of one of the best bargains in town: the Student METRO Q® Fare Card. This card allows students to tap and board our local buses and trains at half price – that’s Read More...
Weekend Happenings with METRO August 19-21, 2016
This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing. We might see some rain this weekend, so let’s plan on indoor activities (and one outdoor one that has a covered-seating option). You can rock out Read More...
Service Changes Coincide with First Day of School
On Monday, METRO starts service changes – and that’s also the first day of school for thousands of students. Some bus operators are driving new routes, and students are figuring out ways to get to new schools with new schedules. So to all Read More...
Houston Dash Fan? Ride Free
Houston Dash fans who are planning on cheering on their home soccer team tomorrow night can hop on METRORail and ride for free - simply show your Dash game ticket to any METRO fare inspector who may check your fare. All those who hold valid tickets to Read More...
Why She Loves Her Route
As METRO celebrates its one-year anniversary of the New Bus Network, let’s meet one rider who says she loves her route. Sister Josephine Vasquez takes the 85 Antoine/Washington regularly. It’s on one of METRO’s high-frequency routes Read More...
Celebrating One Year on the New Bus Network
METRO celebrated today the one-year anniversary of its New Bus Network, a massive overhaul of its local bus system which created grid-like routes with service every 15 minutes on popular routes. At a news conference in its lobby at 1900 Main St., officials Read More...
Weekend Happenings with METRO Aug 12-14, 2016
This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing. There’s a lot to do again this weekend, but we’ve chosen a few out-of-the-ordinary selections – umbrellas up in the air, beauty down Read More...
Federal Money for Enhanced Mobility
You have a great idea related to enhanced mobility for seniors and people with disabilities – but you need funding. Come to a workshop at METRO where our experts will explain how to apply for federal money. Organizations that operate public transportation Read More...
Back-to-school RideStore Hours
The RideStore is helping students get ready for school by extending its hours in a special back-to-school schedule. Starting next Monday, Aug. 15, the RideStore will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Those hours will continue the following Read More...
Discounted HOT Lanes to Qualified Vets
All qualified veterans will now be able to drive on METRO’s HOV/HOT express lanes at a 100 percent discount. The news was announced at a press conference in which Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee , an advocate for veterans in the community, said Read More...
Cooling Centers Open Due to Extreme Heat
This afternoon, heat indices are expected to reach 105 to 110 degrees from 1 to 7 p.m., and the city of Houston has activated its heat emergency plan due to this extreme heat. Cooling center s throughout the city have opened in neighborhood libraries Read More...
Weekend Happenings with METRO August 5-7
This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing. No rain is forecast for this weekend, so enjoy some outdoor events; we’ve chosen one for day and one for evening. If you’d rather stay indoors, Read More...
Guns N’ Roses Concert Parking
If you’re planning on attending the Guns N’ Roses concert tomorrow night, we’ve got a great place for you to park. We’re offering special event parking for only $10 at our Fannin South Transit Center lot. That price includes a Read More...
HCC Offers Student Q Card on Campus
Students at Houston Community College are learning how to ride smart as they get their discounted METRO Q® Fare Card right on campus. Processing Q Cards on campus is just one more step in METRO’s continued partnership with the community college. Read More...
Commute Solutions Ease Traffic Gridlock
If you drive to work, you’re familiar with the rhythm of Houston’s commute: stop-go-stop-go on the freeways. Every day, Houstonians drive approximately 173 million miles and endure about 203 million hours of traffic delays annually, according Read More...
Medical Students Sign Up for METRO Q® Fare Card
Hundreds of medical students at Baylor College of Medicine now have easy access to METRO with their own student Q Card that allows them to tap and go. At its annual two-day orientation last week, Baylor students heard from METRO about the benefits of Read More...