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All Bus Service Resumes



Service has been restored to all METRO bus routes. 


However, the following routes have been detoured due to high water: 6, 29, 60, 77, 161, 221, 222 and 228. 


Please be patient as all routes will be significantly delayed during the afternoon commute. METRO Rider Tools may not accurately post wait times. 


The US-290 HOV remains closed. The I-45 North Freeway HOV entrances are closed downtown. You may access that HOV at Quitman. 


METROLift is operating with delays. METRORail has resumed service on all lines. 

All Meetings Canceled



All scheduled METRO board committee meetings and the public hearing on our state audit are canceled today, due to the flooding and severe weather. 


We will reschedule the hearing and the committee meetings at a later date and post new dates and times soon. 


METRO has restored service on all METRORail lines. However, HOV lanes remain closed.

Some bus routes have been detoured while other bus routes have been halted. 


Bus service has been halted on these routes: 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 14, 25, 27, 29, 30, 40, 41, 44, 49, 54, 56, 60, 63, 82, 85,102, 161, 202, 209, 261, and 265.


Bus routes that use HOV lanes are being re-routed. The affected bus routes are: 108, 151, 152, 153, 204, 212, 244, 246, 249, 255, 256, 257, 259, 262, 269 and 283.


Sign up for METRO service alerts here. We’ll text or email you with news you want to know about - you choose what you want to receive, from service changes to emergencies. 


Stay safe out there!


Free Rides on the Green Line

Harrisburg Overpass

If you haven’t had a chance to ride our newly completed Green Line, now’s the best time to try it out. All rides on the Green Line are free through this Sunday, Jan. 22.

The Green Line now goes over the long-awaited Harrisburg Overpass, a beautiful and unique architectural structure in the East End, connecting to the Magnolia Transit Center.

All rides are free on the Green Line until our community celebration on Jan. 22. We’ll be throwing a party right under the Harrisburg Overpass – complete with ribbon-cutting and community leaders and officials.

The celebration runs from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 22. Then starting on Monday, Jan. 23, the regular fares of $1.25 goes back into effect.

So come out and ride for free, and see how your public transit system is changing a historic neighborhood, keeping it vibrant and connected.

Weekend Happenings with METRO Jan. 13-15, 2017

Montage of events

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

It’s going to be a spring-like weekend; quite a change from the frigid one that just passed, so get out and about before the temperatures fall yet again.

 I’ve decided to help you with your New Year’s resolution to watch the budget by suggesting three events that are free or comparatively inexpensive. On Saturday, you can take your choice of symphony at the zoo (and stay for the last night of Zoo Lights) or the city’s final free celebration of the upcoming Super Bowl, then take the family to Midtown for the free MATCH open house on Sunday and stay indoors, in case it does rain as forecast.    

One of the best things about using METRO is how it contributes to keeping your budget under control.   Bus or rail fare is a definite savings over paying for gas and parking.  Our online Trip Planner is easy to use – just type in your start and end points, and it will tell you what routes to take.   You can have an adventure every weekend.

Event:  Peter and the Wolf.”  Every year, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and InterActive Theater Company return to the zoo to perform Prokofiev’s children’s classic symphony, “Peter and the Wolf.”  Actors from the theater company will narrate and act out the story, and it’s free with your zoo admission or membership. 

There are three performances Saturday, but please arrive early, since seating in the Brown Education Center Auditorium is limited.  Saturday is also the last night for Zoo Lights, and you could enjoy that after the concert.

When:  Saturday at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

Where: The Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr.

Getting there*:

Bus – 28 OST-Wayside

METRORail – Red Line, exit Hermann Park/Rice University or Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station

Event:  Touchdown Tour.  Touchdown Tour events have been scheduled around the area during the period leading up to Super Bowl LI, and Saturday’s event at Alief Community Park will be the last one before the big game.

 Take the kids to this free celebration of Houston, football, and Super Bowl LI, brought to us by the Mayor and the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee.  There will be lots of games, exhibits, appearances, food and fun for all ages.  METRO will be there with the Discover bus, so stop by and say hello.

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Alief Community Park – 11903 Bellaire Blvd.

Getting there*:

Bus – 2 Bellaire (exit at Kirkwood)

Event:  MATCH Family Fun Day 2017.  MATCH (Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston) is hosting its 2nd Annual FREE Family Fun Day.  There will be a wide range of activities for the kids, including music by DJ Beetlejuice, chalk and balloon artists, a magic show every hour, visits from characters Duck from “Duck for President” and Fancy Nancy, an indoor bounce house, face painters and stilt walkers. 

Two Kid-Fun Music Concerts by Prelude Music are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.  Refreshments and food will be for sale, too, and parents can experience one of Houston’s exciting new arts centers.  Sounds like a great way to spend Sunday afternoon.

When: Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: MATCH, 3400 Main St.

Getting there*:

Bus – 9 Gulfton/Holman, 82 Westheimer

METRORail – Red Line (exit Ensemble Station)

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

 

 

 

 

Take METRO to the Chevron Houston Marathon

Running figures
The 45th annual  Chevron Houston Marathon is this Sunday, and the weather forecast predicts a high temperature of 73 degrees and a 30 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. While that may not be ideal weather for runners, we have an ideal way for you to get around: Ride METRO.

If you’re an official marathoner, you can ride FREE on race day. Every Chevron Marathon participant with a race bib rides free on Sunday, Jan. 15.

If you’re a spectator or cheering on your friend, the fastest way to catch your favorite athlete is at the “eight-mile split” on METRORail.  The “eight-mile split” is at Bissonnet and Mandell, where the marathoners running the full route split off to a different route than the half-marathoners. Click here to see a map.

Buy a train or bus ticket with your smartphone. Simply download a free app, METRO Q Mobile Ticketing, and pay with your phone. A one-way ticket is only $1.25.

MLK Holiday Schedule for Jan. 16, 2017


METRO Completes Green Line

Montage of inaugural ride over Harrisburg Overpass to Magnolia Transit Center

 

Starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to ride the Green Line free until Sunday, Jan. 22.

METRO is celebrating the completion of the Green Line that now connects to the Magnolia Park Transit Center via the Harrisburg Overpass.

“We are really excited to offer our customers such a wonderful opportunity to ride and come explore all the East End has to offer,” said METRO Board Chair Carrin Patman.

Yesterday, elected officials, business and community leaders joined METRO leaders in a ribbon-cutting and inaugural train ride over the Harrisburg bridge, a beautifully designed bridge featuring historic panels of the East End’s past from 1826 to 1926, decorative columns with magnolias etched on them and special LED lighting.

The Green Line now offers nine stops, linking downtown Houston to the Magnolia Park Transit Center in the East End. Local business owners were delighted that the overpass was open and construction completed, after years of interruptions, some due to the discovery of contaminated soil that could have polluted groundwater if disturbed, said Bruce Krantz, METRO’s senior director of Planning, Engineering & Construction, who oversaw the project.

“It’s quite an accomplishment to be able to connect the Magnolia Transit Center to the rest of our system. It was an arduous project to get done. In the end, we kept at it and chipped away. We had a good project team,” said Krantz.

The view from the train offers a stunning view of the city’s skyline. “When the train is traveling west, you get a wonderful view of downtown Houston and a visual reminder of how this bridge connects to one of our most historic communities to downtown,” said METRO President & CEO Tom Lambert.
 

 

 

METRO Demonstrates All Battery-electric Bus

METRO Matters TV show: Mary Sit, manager of Corporate Communications, interviews Lauren Cochran, director in Office of Innovation 

METRO has been demonstrating an all battery-electric bus on the 63 Fondren, one of our busiest routes. The bus has no engine and zero emissions.

Manufactured by Proterra, this all-electric bus re-charges at Missouri Park & Ride while in service. Find out more about how it operates in this METRO Matters interview with Lauren Cochran, METRO’s Innovation director in the Office of Innovation.

Click here to watch the 15-minute show. 

Weekend Happenings with METRO Jan. 6-8, 2017

Montage of events

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

Happy New Year to everyone!  I hope your holiday season was everything that you wanted it to be.  Although we have to get back to “normal” now, keep on treating yourself by taking advantage of Houston’s many fun things to do.

This week I’m suggesting the boat show, some hearty laughs, and an unusual still-holiday theater presentation.  I promise - no more holiday events after this week.  You’ve probably had enough.

Before, during or after the holidays, nothing changes about METRO’s promise to carry you to your destinations in a stress-free, inexpensive way.  Just log on to our Trip Planner, enter your origin and destination points, and you’ll get the routes that you need.  It’s supposed to be pretty chilly this weekend, so bundle up and enjoy the first full weekend of 2017.

Event:  Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Super Show.  I must lead a sheltered life, because I thought this was just a boat show.  However, it’s billed as “the largest indoor show for outdoor sports in America,” so you’ll find more than boats.  You can view an extreme sport involving pogo sticks, RVs, fishing technique demonstrations, antique/classic boats, outdoor gear, and art exhibits.

The kids can help build or paint a boat, try fishing, and enjoy lots of rides and attractions.  Tickets can be purchased online, and the on-site ticket windows accept only cash.  I did see a two-for-one adult ticket offer on the website, good for Friday only.  The show is closed on Saturday this week because of the Texans playoff game, but will run through next weekend, too.

When: Friday from 1 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: NRG Center, 1 NRG Park, 8400 Kirby Drive

Getting there*:

Bus – 60 Cambridge, 83 Buffalo Speedway

METRORail – Red Line (exit NRG Park Station)

Event:  The Book of Mormon.”  Back again – the nine-time Tony award-winning musical promises outrageous comedy so you can start your New Year laughing.  Brought to you by the creative folks who originated “South Park,” you can imagine the type of satirical humor to expect from this story of two missionaries sent to a land far, far away.  Tickets can be purchased online, but the show plays only through Jan. 15, so see it while you can.

When:  Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 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:  Two Maple Trees.”  In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, Christmas falls on Saturday, so here’s one last Christmas show (Santa, singing, dancing) for your kids.  The story is a 1953 Russian fairy tale about an evil witch who turns two children into trees and the mother who sets out to free them with help from her animal friends. 

Although the show is in Russian, the plot can be easily understood by non-Russian speakers.  Kids will enjoy the games around the Christmas tree after the show.  You can purchase tickets through the website link above.    

When: Saturday at 5 p.m.

Where: Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, 5601 S. Braeswood

Getting there*:

Bus – 68 Braeswood (exit Braeswood & Chimney Rock; cross to S. Braeswood)

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

See MFAH Exhibits at a Discount

Degas, Chinese art and Q Card

Don’t go the Museum of Fine Arts Houston without your METRO Q® Fare Card.

The MFAH and METRO have partnered to offer you a great deal on admission – including a discount on tickets to two world-class exhibits: “Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum” and “Degas: A New Vision.”

“Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art” highlights the artistic and cultural contributions from the 12th-century Song dynasty to the 20th-century Qing dynasty with more than 160 works of art, including paintings, bronzes, calligraphy, decorative arts, porcelain, textiles, enamels and jade. This exhibit closes on Jan. 29.

The “Degas: A New Vision” exhibit is a retrospective of 30 years of the French artist Degas, including not only his ballet imagery but individual subjects such as bathers, jockeys and portraits. Admission is $23 for adults, so a $5 savings adds up for two people.  The exhibit runs through Jan. 16.

If you miss these two shows, you can go to the MFAH anytime and receive $5 off any main campus general admission or special exhibition ticket. The $5 off discount also applies to all ticket price points, including senior, military and student admissions. Kids 12 and under are always free.

Enjoy the MFAH’s feasts for the eyes - just be sure to show your Q Card.

 

Job Fair at Kashmere Facility



Exterior of METRO hybrid busStart the new year with a new job that offers great benefits and stability. 


METRO is conducting an open house/job fair this Saturday, Jan. 7, at our Kashmere Bus Operating Facility located at 5700 Eastex Freeway. 


We’ll have HR staff available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come meet us and find out how a career as a bus operator or bus mechanic could be the perfect fit for you. 


We are always scouting for qualified individuals to join our team of professionals. We offer a comprehensive benefits package to our employees, including medical, dental, life and retirement savings plans, as well as training and development resources. Employees and their spouses also get free transit on METRO. 


Full-time operators start at $15 an hour. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and have a driver’s license they have had for for at least three years. A full-time bus mechanic starts at $24.12 an hour. Read more details about both jobs here. 


If you can’t make it this Saturday, we’ll have more job fairs at the same location on Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and Feb. 18.


New Free Service for METROLift Patrons

 

METROLift patron in wheelchair emerging from METROLift vehicle 

METRO is making it easier for METROLift patrons to use its local buses and trains with a new pilot program that gives free rides to Park & Ride lots, transit centers and rail stations.

The new METROLift Feeder Service began on New Year’s Day and will continue for six months. This new service is one of nine areas of the METROLift Moving Forward initiative that has worked to improve service quality and the sustainability of the METROLift program, said Michael Andrade, director of Paratransit Services for METROLift.

“METROLift Feeder Service offers customers a more direct trip to their destination by utilizing a portion of their trip from a fixed-route transit center, rail station or Park & Ride service,” said Andrade. “This service is completely free.”

Customers can book a trip seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., by calling: 713-615-6241.

They can also book same-day Feeder Service trips. When scheduling a trip, riders can book both legs of their trip at the same time with a Feeder Service reservationist.

By increasing access to its local buses and trains, METRO hopes more METROLift customers will enjoy the benefits of more direct trips. Still have questions on how this works? Come to an informational session scheduled throughout the city this month.

Click here to see locations, dates and times.

 

 

 

Weekend Happenings with METRO Dec. 30-Jan. 1, 2017

 

 

Montage of events

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

 

Can you believe the end of 2016 has come so quickly?  It’s true what they say about the years going by faster and faster as we get older.  I hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season and are rested and ready to charge into 2017.  But before you start, I have a couple of New Year’s resolutions for you.

 

First, resolve to take advantage of the excellent entertainment opportunities we have here in the Houston area, and I’m recommending three of these below – an opportunity to view some of the world’s greatest artworks, a rollicking theater romp, and some outdoor exercise.  There’s never a reason to sit at home if you don’t want to do so.

 

Second, resolve to take advantage of public transportation options. You’ll help the environment, the Houston traffic situation, your personal bottom line, and your stress level.  ‘Nuff said.  All of us at METRO hope all of your dreams for the New Year come true.

 

Event:  Degas: A New Vision.”  This exceptional exhibit of Degas works at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston goes on through Jan. 16, and it’s a great way to spend a chilly afternoon.  You can view 200 of his paintings, sculptures and photographs that stretch over a 30-year period.  Houston is the only U.S. stop on this tour, and it’s well worth your time.  You can purchase the exhibition catalog for later viewing pleasure, and there’s an audio tour to enhance your experience while you’re there.  Buy tickets online or on-site, good for any day, any time during regular museum hours.

 

 Your tickets also include general admission, plus access to “Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei.”

 

When: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday from 12:15 to 7 p.m.

 

Where: Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St.

 

Getting there*:

Bus: 5 Southmore, 56 Airline/ Montrose, 65 Bissonnet

METRORail: Red Line, exit Museum District Station

 

Event:  Panto Wonderful Wizard.”  Bet you thought I was finished with holiday events, but it’s not safe to go back in the water just yet.  This is an over-the-top family adventure based on the characters from “The Wizard of Oz,” and so much fun for the kids.  It’s based on the concept of the British pantomime, which adds songs, dances, jokes, exaggerated characters and lots of audience participation to traditional stories.  You’ll have a great time.

 

When: Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

 

Where: Stages Repertory Theatre, 3400 Allen Pkwy.

 

Getting there*:

Bus - 40 Heights/Telephone, 41 Kirby/Polk (exit Waugh Dr. & Allen Pkwy.)

 

Event:  Ice Skating at Discovery Green.  If you haven’t been to the ice rink at Discovery Green Conservancy, it’s a great winter activity.  You can kick off the new year with some healthy outdoor exercise for your family.  Admission is $14 at the rink, and you can purchase admission online for a little more ($17).  Skate rental is included.  The website shows discounts for employees of various companies, customers of a few institutions, military, etc., so check there to see if you’re eligible for one of these.  This is neat – there’s a separate rink for skaters 45 inches or shorter below the age of 4.  The rink is open until Feb. 7. 

 

When: Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m.

 

Where: Discovery Green Conservancy, 1500 McKinney St.

 

Getting there*:

Bus – 6 Jensen/Greens, 11 Almeda/Lyons, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk, 52 Hardy-Ley, 413 Greenlink Orange

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Get Your Marathon Pass

 

 

Maraton runners

METRO’s making it easy for you to attend the Chevron Houston Marathon during race weekend from Jan. 13 to 15.

 This 46th edition of one the biggest single-day sporting events in the city will attract tens of thousands of participants, volunteers and spectators. And METRO has a solution to help you get around conveniently.

Get rolling with the METRO Marathon Pass, a unique paper flash pass that will make travel along the marathon route easy – or anywhere else in Houston on our local buses and trains.

 A pass is only $3 for unlimited travel for one day. We are selling a pass for Jan. 13, Jan. 14 and Jan. 15.

You can buy your METRO Marathon Pass online until Jan. 10. We’ll mail your flash pass and you’ll be set to go.  After Jan. 10, you can still buy online, and we can arrange for “will call” on the passes.

Another option: Simply use your smart phone to buy a mobile ticket. Download the app, and pay with debit, credit or PayPal. Single-ride tickets are $1.25 each.

See you at the finish line, as you travel along the race route with the METRO Marathon Pass.

Weekend Happenings with METRO Dec. 23-25

Montage of events

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

 

The long-awaited holiday weekend is finally here, and I’ll bet the kids at your house can barely contain themselves.  Nearly every event I’ve recommended the past few weeks will continue through this weekend, so you won’t run out of things to do to keep them occupied. 

 

This week I’m showcasing holiday events with a twist – one is adults-only, one is holiday in country style, and one is holiday with a taste of hip-hop.  Houston truly has events for everyone. 

 

And METRO has transportation for everyone this weekend.  It’s going to be a bad weekend for traffic, as you can imagine, so why add to the mess.  Go to the online Trip Planner to find the routes and schedules you’ll need.  You may even see Santa on the train, or a bus operator in a Santa hat…

 

These events are all for Friday and Saturday, and most entertainments take a break on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  You know what the most important event is this weekend – spending time with your family and friends.  Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Event:  The Santaland Diaries.”  The promo says this production is “for mature elves only,” so here’s a holiday break from all the kid-friendly entertainment.  It’s the hilarious true story of NPR humorist David Sedaris’ experiences as a worker in Macy’s SantaLand display as “Crumpet the Elf.”  It sounds like he learned a lot about human nature.  Tickets can be purchased online.

 

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

 

Where: Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave.

 

Getting there*:

Bus – 11 Almeda/Lyons, 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 41 Kirby/Polk, 44 Acres Homes, 51 Hardy-Kelley, 52 Hardy-Ley , 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine/Washington, 102 Bush IAH Express, 137 Northshore Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express

 

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

 

Event:  The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular.” Holiday traditional with a country flavor, this presentation showcases classic and comic holiday music, with some Motown and other selections thrown in for good measure.  It’s a celebration of music and women, but especially family – your relatives or your chosen family…your friends.  It’s a regional premiere and a sequel to the earlier “The Honky Tonk Angels” musical.  Get your tickets through the website.

 

When: Friday and Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

 

Where: Stages Repertory Theatre, 3400 Allen Pkwy.

 

Getting there*:

Bus - 40 Heights/Telephone, 41 Kirby/Polk (exit Waugh Dr. & Allen Pkwy.)

Event:  The First Noel.”  Set in New York City from 1985 to 2015, it’s a holiday musical with a touch of hip-hop.  The play follows three generations of a family, affected by a tragic loss, which experiences a resurgence of Christmas joy through an unexpected visit.  The story is described as a heartwarming tale of healing a community, one family at a time.  Tickets can be purchased online.

 

When: Friday at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

 

Where: Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St.

 

Getting there*:

Bus – 9 Gulfton/Holman (exit Holman & Main)

 

METRORail – Red Line (exit Ensemble/HCC Station)

 

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

 

 

 

Purple Line Back to Normal


Good news just in time for the holidays: The Purple Line has returned to normal service, ahead of schedule, thanks to the hard work of crews. 

We had to close a section in order to work on improving the signals after axle counter malfunctions delayed service and increased travel time for drivers at rail crossings. 

More work will continue next month. 

Thanks for your patience - and thanks for riding METRO. Happy Holidays!
A Holiday Card For You
Holiday card
Stay Safe During the Holidays

Figure jumping over a unicorn 

With the holiday season upon us, you may be commuting on the train or bus, loaded with shopping bags or doing more online shopping on your smart phone. Remember to stay safe with the extra distractions.

Yesterday, a fully suited Santa rode down the street on a bicycle, waving to passengers on the platform. It was an unexpected and fun holiday surprise – but while waving back, we had to remember to stand behind the white bumpy strip on the platform.

You’ll soon notice posters on our rail platform with new safety images, such as the one posted here: “Don’t play leapfrog with a unicorn. Stay alert. Don’t get hurt. Stay safe around the train.”

Never run across the tracks, trying to catch a train. Trains come every few minutes on weekdays, so if you miss one, another will arrive before you know it.

Remember to stop, look and listen. METRORail is quieter than a bus and you may not hear it coming. Do not walk in front of, between or behind the trains. Do not stop or park your vehicle on the tracks.

Enjoy the holidays – and stay safe.

Here's Our 2016 Holiday Schedule

 

Christmas tree As you’re planning last-minute shopping and holiday events, please keep in mind that METRO will be operating on a Christmas and New Year’s schedule.

On Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, all local bus routes and METRORail will operate on a Saturday schedule. Park & Ride routes will not run.

On Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, local buses and trains will operate on a Sunday schedule. Park & Ride buses will not operate.

On New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31, all buses and METRORail operate on a Saturday schedule. On New Year’s Day, Sunday, Jan. 1, all buses and METRORail operate on a Sunday schedule. Park & Ride routes will not run either day.

On the Monday after Christmas and the Monday after New Year’s Day –Dec. 26 and Jan 2 – all local bus and METRORail service will operate on a Sunday schedule. Park & Ride routes will not operate.

The RideStore and Lost & Found will be closed on Dec. 24, 25 and 26; and again on Dec. 31, Jan. 1 and Jan. 2.

You can call our Customer Care Center 24/7 and get information from our automated phone system. The number is 713-635-4000. If you wish to speak to a Customer Care specialist or if you’re hearing impaired, please see the holiday hours here.

METROLift holiday hours are here.

Have a wonderful and safe time with your loved ones – and happy holidays!

Weekend Happenings with METRO Dec. 16-18, 2016

Montage of events 

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

 This week’s theme is “holiday traditions,” and Houston is fortunate to have oh, so many of these.  Try to experience at least one, and join me in being grateful that we have so many choices.  This week I’m recommending activities involving music, dance and good ol’ family fun.  We aren’t expecting inclement weather, so we have no excuse to sit at home.  METRO’s buses and trains are waiting to carry you around town so you can enjoy the season minus the driving hassles – even the bus signs flash “Happy Holidays.”  Visit our online Trip Planner for guidance with routes and schedules, and have yourself a merry little weekend.

 P. S. – Just a heads-up that the Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs at Toyota Center next Friday.  Wanted to mention it now so you can buy tickets; if I tell you in next week’s blog, the tickets will be all gone.

 Event:  Handel’s “Messiah.”  The Houston Symphony’s performance of the three-part “Messiah” is sure to move you with its emotional and dramatic works for voice and orchestra.  It’s a holiday tradition for our symphony, and one you’ll be glad you experienced.  I can hear the rousing “Hallulejah” chorus in my mind as I write this.  It’s a one-weekend-only performance.  Tickets can be purchased online.

When: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2:30 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:  “A Welsh Celebration of the Winter Solstice.” Spend an evening hearing Christmas music you may have never heard before.  The group Revels Houston has been staging historic English celebrations (Medieval, Medieval-Renaissance, Elizabethan and Victorian) throughout its 45-year history, but this is the first time the program has been devoted entirely to Welsh traditions.  The Welsh are renowned for stories and beautiful music, and this evening provides both.  Tickets are available through the website.

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Where: The MATCH, 3400 Main St.

Getting there*:

Bus – 9 Gulfton/Holman, 82 Westheimer

METRORail – Red Line (exit Ensemble Station)

Event:  “The Nutcracker.”  It’s not the holiday season without dressing up the kids and seeing the Houston Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.”  If you aren’t in the holiday mood yet, these dancing toys should get you there.  But don’t say you’ve seen this ballet a hundred times, because 2016 marks the premiere of a brand new production.  Snowflakes, dancing mice, and a giant Christmas tree - it’s stunning and magical for all ages.

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

Where: Wortham Theater Center, 500 Texas Ave.

Bus – 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 44 Acres Homes (exit Capitol & Smith), 85 Antoine/Washington (exit Louisiana & Texas), 102 Bush IAH Express (exit Travis & Texas), 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express and 162 Memorial Express (exit Louisiana & Capitol)

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

Event:  Christmas Village at Bayou Bend.  This is a special weekend at the Christmas Village, because Jingles, the live reindeer, will be visiting.  The gardens and house sport lighting displays and holiday decorations, and there are all kinds of kids’ activities.  Caroling, Santa, a faux-snow play area, art-making activities, holiday treats…all make this a fun evening for the family.  House tours with actors and theatrical effects can be added to your visit for a $5 extra charge.  The price is lower than that for many other holiday activities - $16 adult, $10 for ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and younger.

 When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. (last entry at 9 p.m.)

Where: 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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