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Weekend Happenings with METRO July 29-31

Montage of events

 

This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing. 

 

Another well-earned weekend is here, and we want to be sure that you have places to go and things to do.  This week’s suggestions cover indoor and outdoor events, free and paid, so just grab the family and head out the door.  Make your first stop the bus stop or the rail station, so METRO can help you reach your destination.  Our Google-powered Trip Planner is your guide to the specific bus or rail route to make your outing easy and fun.

 

Event: City With No Limits Movie Night.  The Greater Houston Partnership presents a free screening under the stars of the epic sci-fi film, “Interstellar,” the story of an intrepid crew that travels through a wormhole in space in a quest for a new home for humanity.  Billed as a celebration of Houston’s NASA roots, the event will have some giveaway drawings and NASA reps selling cool NASA gear.

 

When: Friday, 8 p.m.

 

Where: Discovery Green Conservancy, 1500 McKinney St.

 

Getting there*:

Bus – 6 Jensen/Greens, 11 Almeda/Lyons, 20 Canal/Memorial, 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk, 51 Hardy-Kelley, 52 Hardy-Ley, 137 Northshore Express, 412 Greenlink Circulator, 413 Greenlink Orange Route

 

METRORail – Red Line (exit Main Street Square Station), Green Line and Purple Line (exit Convention District Station)

 

Event: Princess Ida.  In the mood for some comedy?  “Princess Ida” is a Gilbert & Sullivan work that debuted in 1884.  The comic opera concerns the battle of the sexes between father and daughter, and “rankled the knickers of conservative Victorian England” with the tale of a girl who didn’t want to get married.  Tickets can be purchased online.

 

When: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m.

 

Where: Cullen Theater at Wortham Center, 500 Texas Ave.

 

Getting there*:

Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 44 Acres Homes, 48 Market, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine/Washington, 102 Bush IAH Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 413 Greenlink Orange Route

 

METRORail – Green Line and Purple Line (exit Theater District Station)

 

Event: The Big Show 2016.  Lawndale Art Center’s ambitious free exhibition presents new works by artists practicing within a 100-mile radius of the center.  There’s no standard submission fee for work, so every artist within the geographic area was encouraged to participate.  As a result, nearly 1,400 works were submitted and 105 of these were selected to exhibit.  It’s a great way to see works from some artists you might not otherwise encounter.

 

When: Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

 

Where: Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St.

 

Getting there*:

 Bus – 5 Southmore, 25 Richmond, 65 Bissonnet, 152 Harwin Express, 153 Harwin Express

 

METRORail – Red Line (exit Wheeler Station)

 

*Suggested connections as provided by our Customer Care Center; more convenient routes may vary per individual needs.

 

 

METRO Riders Get Zipcar Discount


Woman standing next to a Zipcar If you ride the bus into town and need to run errands in the middle of the day or go to the doctor, now you can hop into a rented Zipcar – and get $25 free drive time from Zipcar.

Zipcar is a car share company with memberships that allow you to drive cars by the hour or day, gas and insurance included. Now METRO has partnered with Zipcar in a special deal that gives all METRO Fare Card holders $25 in free drive time.

All you have to do is email a picture of your Q Card to jzelazo@zipcar.com and Zipcar will give you $25 credit. You must be a member of Zipcar to receive the credit.

“We are targeting our Park & Ride patrons, those commuters who may need a car during the day and don’t want to drive in and find parking,” said Nicole Adler, METRO Sales representative.

Zipcar cars are located throughout downtown, Midtown, the Medical Center, Hobby and George Bush airports, Rice Zipcar logoUniversity and UH – Main Campus. Zipcar has locations near many of our METRORail stations, including: Theater District, UH-Downtown, Main Street Square, Bell, Downtown Transit Center, Ensemble-HCC, Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo, UH/UT Robertson Stadium and UH South/University Oaks.

“We want to make it easier to get around town. We’re excited to offer METRO riders another mode of transport,” said Jonathan Zelazo, Zipcar market fleet supervisor. Zipcar offers cars starting at $9 an hour for a Corolla, or $11 an hour for a BMW or Mustang.

 

 


New Hours Coming for Customer Care



Starting Sunday, Aug. 7, we're changing our hours for the Customer Care Center.


The new hours will be from 6 a.m. to 8  p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. This is where you can obtain route and schedule information. 


If you have comments and complaints that require the Customer Resolution Team, you can reach someone there Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.


You can reach Customer Care at 713-639-4000.


Please check out our Rider Tools for online tools that will help you find most of the information you are seeking. For example, our newest app, the Ridemetro app,  gives you all the shortcuts and official METRO apps - just click and download. You don’t have to search and hope you’re getting the official app. 


Wondering which bus to take to get somewhere? Try the METRO T.R.I.P. app which offers schedules, predicts next-bus arrivals and helps you plan your trip. 


Our interactive service map allows you to view one bus route or all the routes. You can see rail lines, HOV/HOT lanes and when each is opened. You can select a specific bus stop and all the arrival times to that particular stop will show up. 


Experiment with our online tools 24/7 - at your convenience. And remember, even though our Customer Care hours are changing, our commitment to you isn’t. 


Making Transit Accessible


 ADA march

Today is the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This monumental civil rights legislation bans discrimination and guarantees equal access to opportunity for persons with disabilities.

That includes access to transportation. The Department of Transportation’s Fast Lane blog said today, “We are committed to building a 21st century transportation system that is accessible for all Americans.”

Here at METRO, all our buses and trains are accessible. Our local buses are “kneeling” buses that can be lowered closer to the ground for easier boarding. Stops are announced so sight-impaired or hard-of-hearing customers know when to get off. On the trains, the ticket vending machine has instructions in Braille. A strip of white bumps bordering the edge of the platform lets the sight-impaired know when they are getting close to the edge of the platform. Train floors are level with the platform, allowing easy access for patrons using wheelchairs.

METRO also gives free travel training, including to those who are disabled and need both information and practice traveling from Point A to Point B.

Since 1990 when ADA went into effect, public transit has improved so much that almost 100 percent of transit buses and key transit stations nationwide are ADA-compliant. The DOT says that at airports, each terminal is now required to have relief areas for service animals. Televisions and audio-visual displays are required to have high-contrast captioning now.

Click here to watch a video about the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, highlighting former Secretary Samuel K. Skinner, who served from 1989 to 1991.

Let’s Go Shopping: East End Delights

"Shop East End" logo and shopping bags

If you’ve never explored the East End, the businesses and shops along Harrisburg Boulevard offer unique products and great buys.

Direct access to Harrisburg businesses is open. The Harrisburg Boulevard roadway at the Union Pacific Railroad Crossing reopened last month. While construction of the Harrisburg Bridge is on-going, you’ll be able to travel east and west on Harrisburg for fast and easy access to the many East End businesses in the neighborhood.

Click here for a listing of the businesses you can check out. They include Apotek Pharmacy, Baby Bull Boxing, Chayo’s Beauty Salon, Diva’s Fashion & Shoes, El Pozo Car Wash, Gonzalez Income Tax, Taqueria Mi Charro – and many more.

We encourage you to visit this vibrant community and support your local neighborhood.

Weekend Happenings with METRO July 22-24

Weekend events

 
This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.

It's Friday, and time for some serious thinking about your weekend plans. It's going to be about 100 degrees again, so here are two air-conditioned and one outdoor evening event to help you keep cool while you're enjoying your well-deserved time off.

And also to help you keep cool, METRO is here to take you around town on our air-conditioned buses and trains. Going with METRO means there's a high probability that you won't have a long walk from a parking lot to reach your destination. Our Google-powered Trip Planner will help you find just the right bus or rail route to add to your enjoyment of the weekend.

Event: Houston World Series of Dog Shows. Who doesn't love dogs? You can see them - big ones, little ones, breeds you never knew existed - at the dog show this weekend. They'll have rescue group booths, grooming and agility contests, and a dog products market. There's even a designer dog house competition to inspire you to build a special spot for your own pup, along with clinics and seminars about all things doggy. Tickets are available online, and there's a schedule of events on the website.

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: NRG Center, 8400 Kirby Dr.

Getting there*: Bus - 84 Buffalo Speedway (exit Kirby & Westridge)

METRORail - Red Line (exit Reliant Station on Fannin side)

Event: "Agatha Christie's Spider's Web." "I Love a Mystery" was the title of a 1940's radio series and movie - and so many of us still share that sentiment today. If you're one of those mystery-lovers, be sure that you visit the Alley Theatre for this year's feature in the annual Summer Chills series, a classic thriller-comedy about a drawing room murder (!). Tickets can be purchased online. There's also a behind-the-scenes theatre tour at 10 a.m. on Saturday (requires separate reservations and tickets).

When: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2:30 and 8 p.m.

Where: Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave.

Getting there*: Bus - 32 Renwick/San Felipe (exit Travis & Prairie), 44 Acres Homes (exit Capitol & Smith), 82 Westheimer (exit Travis & Prairie), 160 Memorial Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express (exit Smith & Prairie)

METRORail - Red Line (exit Central Station), Green Line and Purple Line (exit Theater District Station)

Event: Screen Asia: "Rush Hour." The Asia Society Texas Center presents a free, outdoor screening of the movie "Rush Hour," the first title in the Jackie Chan franchise that led to three films and a TV series. There will be a food truck on site and beverages available for purchase from 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and snacks, and settle down on the Festival Lawn for a little Hollywood excitement. If the weather's bad, the film will be shown indoors.

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where: Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd.

Getting there*: Bus - 5 Southmore or 65 Bissonnet (exit Main & Southmore)

METRORail - Red Line (exit Museum District Station)

*Suggested connections as provided by our Customer Care Center; more convenient routes may vary per individual needs.

Bay Area Park & Pool to Close


Effective this Friday, July 22, METRO will end service to the Bay Area Park & Pool on Bay Area Boulevard, just south of Baybrook Mall. 

We are closing this lot due to TxDOT’s reconstruction of I-45 South. Due to the construction, METRO can no longer provide safe access to the bus stop there.

If you normally park there, please consider using our services at the Bay Area Park & Ride located at 801 Bay Area Blvd. at Feather Craft or the Fuqua Park & Ride located at 11755 Sabo Rd.

 Click here to see a map. 

Subscribe to alerts to find out the latest METRO service changes. You can sign up for either text messages or email and customize them to receive targeted information on specific routes. 

Red Line Leads to Pokemon

Pokemon GO icon over METRORail

The Pokemon GO craze continues its fascination among smartphone users with more than 15 million downloads since its release on July 6.

Pokemon players can find dozens of pokespots in the Museum District, Houston Zoo, Discovery Park and at METRO’s Downtown Transit Center. All of these locations are right off the Red Line. Pick up a METRO Fare Card at our RideStores or any of these retailers  - then just tap and Pokémon GO.  You’ll get free transfers in any direction for up to three hours.

Caution: Be sure to stay alert around the rail, and do not look at your phone when you’re walking around train tracks. Have fun and stay safe.

METRO's New App Makes Riding a Breeze

RideMETRO app 

METRO has launched a new app that brings you to our most popular apps and shortcuts, giving you easy access to our online tools that make riding our system more convenient.

Called the RideMETRO app, this free app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or iOS App Store.

“This is the one single place where you are guaranteed to get METRO’s official, supported apps,” said Randy Frazier, METRO’s chief technology officer.

I downloaded the app this morning, and it brought me to a screen with eight apps or shortcuts: Q Mobile Ticketing, Public Comments for compliments or complaints; MPD Connect to report suspicious activity; TRIP APP to plan my trip from Point A to Point B; Interactive Service Map; RideMETRO.org, the official website of METRO; Schedules to view scheduled bus times; and METRO Houston Alerts to receive text alerts via Twitter.

I tapped Interactive Service Map and had the option to see all bus routes or only one route. Then I tapped Schedules and immediately saw every route with the option of viewing scheduled times via a pdf or through the browser. The Ride METRO app is fun, easy to use, and chockful of information.

Download this app for a handy tool that will help you get where you want to go online.

 

Weekend Happenings with METRO July 15-17

Montage of events

 

This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing. 

 

There’s almost too much to do in Houston, so take advantage of living in one of the most vibrant cities in the country.  Here are just three suggestions for this weekend – one for each day - and hopefully we’ll bring something to your attention that you wouldn’t have thought of yourself.

 

You can depend on METRO to take you to these events and so many other destinations.  You can relax on our buses and trains, enjoy the air conditioned comfort, and text or talk without the pesky irritations of traffic.  Use our Google-powered Trip Planner to choose the right bus or rail route to meet your specific needs.

 

Event: Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus XTREME. The circus is coming, the circus is coming!  Remember your excitement when you heard that as a child?  Updated from the one that came to my town on a train, it’s still The Greatest Show on Earth®.  “The reason we’ve been around for 145 years is because we keep things new and innovative while staying true to our roots.  With XTREME, we’re going above and beyond,” said ringmaster David Shipman. 

 

Think BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils and bungee aerial skydiving added to the traditional wire walkers, strongmen and the human cannonball.  Arrive an hour early for the pre-show and meet the performers, view the menagerie up close, try on costumes and learn circus skills like juggling and walking the low wire. Tickets are available online, and the show’s in town until the end of the month.

 

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

 

Where: NRG Stadium, One NRG Park

 

Getting there*:

Bus – 84 Buffalo Speedway

 

METRORail – Red Line (exit at Reliant Park Station)

 

Event: Julydoscope 2016.  Presented by the Houston Cinema Arts Society, this sixth annual, free, outdoor event brings together music, dance and film to celebrate art, culture and life.  High-energy dance performances with singers and poetry lead to the screening of Sundance Film Festivals award-winning Sonita, the story of an Afghan girl who defies tradition by refusing her arranged marriage and expresses herself through rap.  The diversity of the performances and film reflect the diversity of Houston.  The film starts at 8:45 p.m.

 

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

 

Where: Discovery Green Conservancy, 1500 McKinney

 

Getting there*:

Bus – 6 Jensen/Greens, 11 Almeda/Lyons, 20 Canal/Memorial, 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk, 51 Hardy-Kelley, 52 Hardy-Ley, 137 Northshore Express, 412 Greenlink Circulator, 413 Greenlink Orange Route

 

METRORail – Red Line (exit Main Street Square Station), Green Line (exit Convention District Station), Purple Line (exit Convention District Station)

 

Event: East End Street Market.  Did you know that there’s a farmers’ market right in downtown Houston?  I didn’t, and it sounds like a great Sunday morning activity.  You’ll find it on that pretty esplanade right in front of the original Ninfa’s Restaurant.  Thirty or so vendors offer fresh garden fruits and vegetables, locally produced farm and dairy products, prepared foods, and unique handcrafted wares.  They’re out there every Sunday, rain or shine.

 

When: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Where: Navigation Esplanade, 2800 Navigation Blvd.

 

Getting there*:

Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial

 

 

*Suggested connections as provided by our Customer Care Center; more convenient routes may vary per individual needs.

 

The Cougar Guide to METRO

Map with routes UH students could use to get to hot spots

The University of Houston Main Campus and METRO have teamed up to help students ride METRO, showing students how easily they can ride to places they want to go.

Students are no longer required to bring documents to METRO at 1900 Main to show proof of enrollment. Instead, they can get their Q Card right on campus. UH students go to a special UH portal to register for a Q Card and pick it up the next day, complete with the UH logo and their name on the card. Cougar standing on two legs

The Student METRO Q® Fare Card offers half-price bus and train fares, no credit hour minimum, and free three-hour transfers in any direction. And METRO’s new Cougar guide shows students hot destinations.

“We created a Ride Guide with the help of UH staff and students. We did not create a guide based on our routes. We created a guide based on where they want to go. Whether it’s to Walmart, HEB, Washington Avenue or the Galleria, this map simply shows them the abundance of transit, including bus and rail, that is literally at their front door,” said Karen Marshall, director of Client Services.

In addition, this year UH Main Campus is piloting a program which subsidizes student discounted METRO Fare Cards and issues them on campus in lieu of the parking pass. “By encouraging students to use transit, the school saves on the cost of building additional parking structures and the community benefits from greener travel choices,” said Marshall.

 UH is the first university to offer subsidized Q Cards to students. The school is promoting the option of subsidized Q Cards at student orientations.  

METRORail Service Interruption: July 17 - 20

Next Sunday through Wednesday, METRORail service will be interrupted from 10:30 p.m. to 4 a.m., due to construction around the Green Line. 


Service will be stopped between Altic/Howard Hughes and Theater District stations from July 17 through July 20. We’ll have shuttle buses running along that segment, scheduled to arrive every 10 minutes. The buses will be labeled “800 Rail Shuttle” in the header at the front of the bus. We will have METRO staff available to help you.


Bus service requires additional travel time, so please allow more time for your trip. 


For those of you driving, we want to remind you that the entrance ramps to I-45 South at Houston Avenue, Rusk and Allen Parkway are closed as part of a construction project in the corridor. These shutdowns will also affect the ramp distribution system that allows traffic to transition from I-45 South to Dallas, Bagby and Pierce. 


Be sure to stay connected to METRO by signing up for alerts that will come to you as a text or email. You can customize it to receive only the type of alerts you wish to receive - emergencies, your specific bus route, etc. 

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Catch Pokemon at METRO

Pokemon Go image with METRO bus

 

This is a guest post by Pascual Perez, Pokémon aficionado and METRO multi-specialist/videographer.

 

There is a new sensation taking the city by storm. It’s a new app called Pokémon Go.

 

This app lets you catch pokemon like never before, in virtual reality, while you walk or ride your bike around. You can visit pokestops all around town to collect random goodies like pokeballs and potions. Pokemon gym

 

Pokestops are different areas of interest like Discovery Green, St. Joseph Medical Center or our very own Downtown Transit Center.

 

So ride our buses and METRORail, and visit all of the pokestops along the way. Don’t forget to stop by the Downtown Transit Center and battle your pokemon at our gym! That’s right. We have our very own gym in our backyard. For those who haven’t played yet, the gym is where you can fight for your team (red, yellow or blue) in order to control that gym.

 

And while you’re in the area, be sure to pick up your very own METRO   Fare Card at our RideStore located adjacent to our transit center. Then tap, go and let METRO help you catch them all.

 

Warning: While it’s easy to get absorbed in this game, please pay attention to where you’re walking and stay safe. Be especially aware that our light-rail trains are very quiet, so don’t look at your phone when you’re walking around train tracks.  Have fun and be vigilant. #PokemonGo

Transit of the Future: On-Demand Rides

Cartoon of people waiting at bus shelter

Standing at a bus stop waiting for a scheduled bus may become a thing of the past.

A new study shows that using on-demand shared rides improved access to jobs, health services and educational services, beating out the traditional system of fixed routes and schedules. The report, Shared Mobility: Innovation for Liveable Cities, was published by the International Transport Forum, a think tank of 57 countries working for transit policy that improves people’s lives.

Researchers analyzed mobility behavior from Lisbon, Portugal, comparing how easily commuters could get to workplaces, health services and educational institutions using two transport systems: the existing public system of metro, rail and bus versus a system where metro/rail services were complemented by a fleet of on-demand taxi-buses with eight or 16 seats.

The study showed that on-demand shared rides resulted in more social equity with greater access; lower costs; fewer and better cars on the road; less congestion; and reduced emissions.

“Using transport capacity more efficiently helps the environment. But it also has potential to build fairer, more inclusive societies by providing broad access to the opportunities for everyone,” said Jose Viegas, secretary-general of the International Transport Forum.

 

Delays Expected on I-45 Ramp

Sign that says: Delays Expected

If you’re downtown tonight at a play, concert or restaurant, listen up.

Starting tonight at 9 p.m., entrance ramps to I-45 South at Houston Avenue, Rusk and Allen Parkway are expected to close, due to a construction project in the corridor.

These shutdowns will also impact the ramp distribution system where traffic transitions from I-45 South to Dallas, Bagby and Pierce. Learn more here.

This closure by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot) is expected to increase commute times across greater Houston. METRO planners are working to minimize the impact on bus routes. Bus stops will remain the same. Riders can expect delays in schedules due to detours around the impacted areas.

Twenty routes will be affected. Click here to see if your route will be impacted.

Sign up for METRO service alerts, and you can get a text alert or email with construction updates, emergencies and detours. Customize it to receive only the alerts you want. 

 

Weekend Happenings with METRO July 8-10

Montage of events 

This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.  

 

It’s going to be nearly 100 degrees here this weekend, so let’s find some cool things to do to keep us entertained.  Here’s a wonderful Broadway production in a cool, dark theatre, an indoor museum tour, and a day of indoor/outdoor musical performances that will be so good you’ll forget that it’s hot. 

 

Choose your destination and then choose METRO to help you get there.  Our buses and trains are air conditioned, and you can sit back and relax instead of letting your temperature rise due to traffic issues and trying to find that elusive parking spot.  Our Google-powered Trip Planner will pinpoint the bus or rail route you need to go where you want to go.

 

Event: Wicked, The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz. This is the opening weekend for performances of the Broadway sensation, described by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.”  Come to Oz and meet Glinda, the Good Witch, and her friend Elphaba, the Wicked Witch – long before Dorothy dropped in.  The music is fantastic.  Tickets can be purchased online.

 

When: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

 

Where: Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St.

 

Getting there*:

 

Bus – 32 Renwick/San Felipe (exit Travis & Rusk), 44 Acres Homes (exit Louisiana & Walker), 82 Westheimer (exit Travis & Rusk), 102 Bush IAH Express (exit Travis or Milam & Rusk), 160 Memorial City Express/161 Wilcrest Express/162 Memorial Express (exit Smith & Rusk)

 

METRORail – Red Line (exit Central Station), Green Line and Purple Line (exit Theater District Station)

 

Event: Houston Symphony 4th Annual Free Day of Music.  Bring the whole family to this free day-long event that showcases the diverse musical experience of Houston – rock, classical, jazz, mariachi, blues/soul, salsa, world music, and the list goes on.  There are also free salsa dance lessons, the Symphony’s “Instrument Petting Zoo,” and other activities for all ages.  This sounds like a really good time, and tickets are not required.

 

Note to me - http://www.houstonsymphony.org/dayofmusic2016?t=1

 

When: Saturday, noon to 9:30 p.m.

 

Where: Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St.

 

Getting there*:

 

Bus – 32 Renwick/San Felipe (exit Travis & Rusk), 44 Acres Homes (exit Louisiana & Walker), 82 Westheimer (exit Travis & Rusk), 102 Bush IAH Express (exit Travis or Milam & Rusk), 160 Memorial City Express/161 Wilcrest Express/162 Memorial Express (exit Smith & Rusk)

 

METRORail – Red Line (exit Central Station), Green Line and Purple Line (exit Theater District Station)

 

Event: Discovering the World of Alexander Hamilton.  Inspired by the tremendous popularity of the Broadway show “Hamilton,” you can take a self-guided cell phone audio tour of Hamilton-related objects in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Bayou Bend collection.  You can see objects that directly reference Hamilton’s life and many of the people, places and events that are depicted in the musical.  It’s a perfect air-conditioned diversion for a hot summer afternoon.

 

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

 

Where: Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Dr.

 

Getting there*:

 

Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial (exit Memorial & Birdsall), 27 Shepherd (exit Shepherd & Memorial), 85 Antoine/Washington (exit Washington & Westcott)

 

*Suggested connections as provided by our Customer Care Center; more convenient routes may vary per individual needs.

 

Rail & Ride Escapade

Montage of event

METRO recently introduced a group of diverse bloggers to its rail network and nearby museums and restaurants on a guided bicycle tour, showcasing a transit network that connects communities, parks, bike trails and the city’s top destinations.

The bloggers – social influencers who write about topics ranging from Mexican culture to makeup – rode METRO for the first time and learned how easy it was to roll their B-Cycle rental bikes on board the train.

Bloggers were able to send selfies on Snapchat through a Snapchat filter at specific locations to let their followers know about their morning adventure. METRO partnered with Houston B-Cycle, which offered free rental bikes, and the Houston Bicycle Museum, which gave free admission.

Bloggers pedaled to the Houston Bike Museum and listened to founder Joy Boone, then rode to Clayton Library where speakers from the library, Bike Houston, METRO and B-Cycle spoke of getting more people on transit by making the first and last mile accessible with multi-modal transportation. Jackie Gil on the bike tour with a blogger

“We are always looking for ways to engage bloggers and what we call social media influencers,” said Jackie Gil, media specialist. “We created a very special event for the bloggers and made an impression, and we partnered with other agencies. It was fun.”

If you want to take self-tour, rent a bike from Houston B-Cycle and hop aboard METRORail. It’s a fun way to see the zoo, museums and restaurants.



See a Kid Alone in a Car? Take Action!

Car on red background with "Take Action!"

 The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory, warning that this week heat indices can soar to between 103 and 108 degrees in the afternoons across southeast Texas. A heat index is what the temperature will feel like combining humidity with the temperature. 

During this heat wave, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging everyone: If you see a child alone in a car, take action.

Already this year, 16 children have lost their lives to heatstroke by being accidentally left unattended in hot vehicles or by gaining access to a vehicle when a parent isn't around. Recently in north Houston, a toddler climbed unnoticed into a parked car to find a toy and was trapped inside because of child locks.

"It can happen to loving, caring parents who, in a moment of forgetfulness, are visited by tragedy," wrote Mark Rosekind, NHTSA administrator on the DOT's "Fast Lane" blog.

"When a child is left alone in a vehicle and is most likely there by accident, then no one should ever hesitate to act to protect them from heatstroke. Do not think twice. In 10 minutes, the temperature inside a vehicle can rise over 20 degrees. Even on a mild day when the temperature is as low as 60 degrees, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach 110 degrees. If a child's body temperature reaches 107 degrees, that child will die," continued Rosekind.

Afraid to interfere and break into someone's car to rescue a child? Good Samaritan laws give legal protection if you offer help in an emergency. Here's what to do:

* Call 911.

* Get the child out of the car.

* Spray the child with water (not an ice bath).

If the child responds, do the following:

* Stay with the child until help arrives.

* Have someone else look for the driver, or ask the facility to page him or her.

Heatstroke tragedy can happen to any family - even yours. The right choice is to take action and save a life, says the NHTSA. For tips on how to prevent a heatstroke tragedy, read here. 

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