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October 2016 - Posts

Boo! Stay Safe on Halloween
As ghosts, goblins and miniature super heroes start walking the neighborhoods tonight to do their trick-or-treating, it’s important to keep some safety tips in mind. Here are some guidelines from the Houston Police Department : Make sure kids are Read More...
Weekend Happenings with METRO: Oct. 28-31
This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing. This week we’re adding a fourth day to the weekend to include Halloween Monday – don’t you wish we could do that every week? Here are Read More...
METRO Board Makes Veterans Pass Permanent
The METRO Board of Directors today voted to make the Veterans Pass a permanent part of METRO’s fares. A six-month pilot just ended, in which qualified veterans could ride the METRO system free of charge. Now the program has been adopted by the board. Read More...
Dreams Can Come True
You may have seen our commercial featuring Zack, the drum major at Kashmere High School . His big dream? To play in the band at Texas Southern University . TSU officials also took note, and last weekend the young man was awarded a four-year $30,000 scholarship Read More...
METRO Contractor to Fix Rail Axle Counters
METRO is preparing to cross another threshold with a plan to replace axle counters that have posed problems since being installed on the system’s two newest lines. Contractor Houston Rapid Transit (HRT) has developed a plan to resolve a mechanical Read More...
Public Hearing on February Service Changes
METRO is scheduled to conduct a public hearing next Monday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. at 1900 Main St. in the boardroom. This public hearing will focus on service changes scheduled to go into effect in February 2017. The proposed service changes include route Read More...
Weekend Happenings with METRO: Oct. 21-23, 2016
This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing. There’s another weekend on the horizon – and not a minute too soon. We need to savor these autumn weekends and get out while the temperature’s Read More...
Public Hearing on Proposed Fare Change
METRO is scheduled to conduct a public hearing next Wednesday, Oct. 26, on a proposed fare change concerning the Qualified METRO Veterans Pass. The proposed amended fare policy would provide free, fixed-route service to qualified disabled and decorated Read More...
Job Fair for Potential Bus Drivers
If you’d rather work on the road instead of in a cubicle, consider a job as a METRO bus operator. METRO is holding an open house at the Kashmere Bus Operating Facility at 5700 Eastex Freeway on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This job Read More...
Ride the Rail Free to TSU Games
If you’re planning on watching the TSU Tigers battle it out with the Jackson State Tigers this Saturday, take METRORail to the game and ride for free. All you need is a valid game day ticket or a Texas Southern University student ID. This is part Read More...
Ride Free to the Polls
Early voting starts next Monday, and METRO is making it easier to get to the polls by offering free rides on three days: · Saturday, Oct. 29 · Friday, Nov. 4 · Tuesday, Nov. 8 – Election Day Free rides will be offered to all Read More...
Weekend Happenings with METRO October 14-October 16, 2016
This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing. Fall is moving in - have you noticed the shorter evenings? But the list of things to do around here sure doesn’t shorten. We’ll give you just Read More...
Take METRO to the Quilt Festival
The International Quilt Festival is coming to Houston next month, a festive exhibit of creative and unique quilts. Last year, the 41 st annual festival attracted almost 55,000 people worldwide. This year, you can make going to the festival a breeze by Read More...
Strumming A Guitar to De-Stress
Bus operators have a huge responsibility as they navigate a 40-foot or sometimes 44-foot vehicle around town. One driver in the San Francisco Bay Area came up with a creative way to relax on his hour-long break: He started playing a guitar. Sherman Caviness, Read More...
Your Opinion Matters: Take Our 2016 Survey
If you’re reading this, you’re on our website. We want to know what you think of our website. Is it easy to use? Are you finding the info you need? Please take our annual website survey here . We want to know which features you use (Google Read More...
Rail Interruption through Thursday
Attention late-night rail riders: Every night from 10:30 p.m. to 4 a.m., rail service will stop between Altic/Howard Hughes and Theater District stations. This interruption continues through Thursday, Oct. 13. But we’ll have uninterrupted service Read More...
Do You Speak Spanish? Hablas espanol?
The next time a Spanish-speaking customer boards a bus with an operator who can’t speak Spanish, we’re hoping pocket-sized Spanish notecards will help make riding METRO easier. Spanish notecards were recently distributed to all METRO operators. Read More...
Weekend Happenings with METRO Oct. 7 - Oct. 9, 2016
This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing. The forecast predicts a weekend of sun and temps in the high 80s-low 90s, so I’ll trust the weather experts and suggest outdoor events for you to Read More...
Free Rides for NWSL Championship
Cheer your favorite women’s soccer team as you watch the Washington Spirit play against the Western New York Flash in the NWSL Championship Game at the BBVA Compass Stadium this Sunday – and get there with free rides on METRORail. As part Read More...
Biking in Houston
METRO ridership numbers show that more and more people are using bikes as they ride the bus around town, and that's something local planners, engineers and bicyclists are considering as they work together to develop a bicycle master plan for the city Read More...
Chair Carrin Patman on the State of METRO
METRO Chair Carrin Patman gave the annual State of METRO address at the Greater Houston Partnership’s luncheon meeting last Thursday, summarizing how the agency is funded and looking ahead to a multi-modal future in which METRO partners with other Read More...
Celebrate National Night Out
All across the nation, neighbors are planning to give crime and drugs a “going-away party” tomorrow in National Night Out – a night where everyone is urged to turn on the porch lights, grab a snack and meet your neighbors. National Night Read More...