As you plan your holiday festivities, please be aware of METRO's holiday schedule for Christmas and New Year's Day.
On Christmas Eve and Friday, Dec. 26, our system will operate on a regular weekday schedule.
On Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25, local buses and METRORail will operate on a Sunday schedule. Park & Ride service will not operate.
On New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, local buses, Park & Ride and METRORail will operate on a regular weekday schedule. On New Year's Day, Jan. 1, local buses and METRORail will operate on a Sunday schedule. There will be no Park & Ride buses.
On Friday, Jan. 2, all transit is back to a regular weekday schedule.
The RideStore and Lost & Found will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Our holiday hours for our Customer Care Center are:
Wednesday, Dec. 24: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday, Christmas Day, Dec. 25: Closed
Wednesday, New Year's Eve, Dec. 31: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday, New Year's Day, Jan. 1: Closed
METRORail is experiencing a disruption in service due to an
18-wheel truck striking a telephone pole this morning.
The 18-wheeler was traveling east on Old Spanish Trail and
attempted to turn right onto Greenbriar, striking a telephone pole that caused
telephone wires to fall onto the catenary wire that powers the train.
As a precaution, METRO has turned off the power to the
catenary wire. The roadways of Old Spanish Trail and Greenbriar are closed.
Centerpoint has said it will take four to eight hours to repair the pole and
restore power. In the meantime, METRO is operating bus “shuttles” from Fannin
South to TMC.
Thanks for your patience.
A prototype of the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses we are ordering was on display this morning for employees to view and "kick the tires."
The sparkling, low-floor, 40-foot bus still had that "new car" smell, and its roof featured six fuel tanks mounted on the top. Those tanks hold the equivalent of 140 gallons of gas and will allow the bus to run for 400 miles, said Andrei Dragomir, supervisor of Advanced Technology in Operations/Maintenance Support. (pictured on the right).
The clean-burning bus also has an air conditioning unit mounted at the rear of the bus. Fifty of these buses, manufactured by NABI, are expected to be delivered toward the end of April. This will be METRO's 2000 series, adding to our current fleet of diesel and hybrid buses.
The CNG buses - like our other NABI buses - feature LED lights on the exterior and interior, an IP camera system that offers crisp images and seats made up of 80 percent wool that is anti-stain and anti-bacterial.
Once the buses are delivered, the radio system must be installed and then all the systems on the bus tested. Expect to see the buses on the streets in June.
On Wednesday, if you're around the Texas Medical Center Transit Center, come by and meet METRO's new police chief.
MPD Chief Vera Bumpers will be on hand, along with her officers. Bring a donation to help patients at the UT Harris County Psychiatric Center, the county's busiest mental hospital.
"Our officers understand - from everyday experiences - the necessity of mental health services for all our constituents. What we hope to accomplish with our meet-up and collection drive is to familiarize the public with our police force and support an agency that provides vital services to thousands of families, regardless of their circumstances," said Bumpers.
Please bring new items, including:
- Personal hygiene products (non-aerosol only)
- T-shirts and socks
- Sneakers (size 7 and up)
- Dominos and playing cards
- Crossword puzzles and coloring books
METRO's men and women in blue will be at the TMC Transit Center (6910 Fannin at Pressler) between 7 and 9 a.m. Join us and spread some holiday cheer!
Event: Ice at Discovery Green. Holiday season in Houston means you can ice skate outdoors whether it's 68 degrees or not. Skate with the skyline behind you at a 7,716-square-foot outdoor rink. Almost 18 miles of cooling tubes have been rolled out and connected to 300 tons of underground refrigeration to give you a winter wonderland. Rental skates are available for $13.
When: Daily through Feb. 8, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Where: Discovery Green Park, 1500 McKinney St.
Bus: 412 Greenlink downtown shuttle, 81 Westheimer-Sharpstown, 82 Westheimer-West Oaks, 52 Hirsch/Scott, 85 Antoine Limited, 131 Memorial, 37 El Sol Crosstown, 48 Navigation.
METRORail: Red Line (North Line) and exit Main Street Square, then walk four blocks eastbound.
Event: 2014 Total Jingle Bell Run and Walk. Work off those extra calories from the office parties and support a terrific cause at this event in downtown Houston. The event includes more than 6,000 participants of all ages and benefits the Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA Annual Campaign. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome for the five-mile, three-mile run/walk or the Kids Fun Run for children ages 13 and under. Food trucks, vendors and musical entertainment will keep things jolly.
When: Sunday, Dec. 14.
Where: Begins and finishes in front of the Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA, 808 Pease St.
Bus: 137 Northshore, 44 Acres Home Limited, 102 Bush IAH, 3 Langley/W.Gray, 78 Alabama/Irvington, 56 Airline Limited, 163 Fondren, 81 Westheimer-Sharpstown, 82 Westheimer-West Oaks, 52 Hirsch/Scott, 30 Clinton/Cullen, 11 Almeda/Nance, 77 Liberty/MLK, 66 Yale.
METRORail: Red Line (North Line) to Downtown Transit Center or the Bell Station.
Event: "Jerome Bel, Wu Tsang and Haegue Yang. Double Life." This trio of international artists combines performing and visual arts and blurs the lines between documentary and fiction at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. See dancers, suspended bright red venetian blinds and a video installation.
When: Opening reception today, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with a gallery tour led by curator Dean Daderko. Regular viewing hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd.
Bus: 34 Montrose Crosstown on weekdays; 65 Bissonnet, 1 Hospital, 8 South Main.
Rail: Red Line (North Line), exit at the Museum District Station.
Check out the Google Trip Planner to find your specific bus or train from your starting point. #RideHoustonMETRO.
If you’re planning a road trip to visit friends or family
over the holidays, make sure you keep your holidays safe by following these
your route. Check traffic and weather reports before you go. Bring a paper
map because GPS may not be available in some locations. Make stops every
100 miles or two hours to combat drowsiness or fatigued driving.
and inspect your vehicle. Check the lights, oil, tires, belts and hoses,
brake fluid, antifreeze fluid and condition of the battery. Are belts and
hoses cracked, worn, blistered or soft? Inspect belts and hoses with the
tires for tread wear and make sure all tires, including the spare, are
properly inflated. Do the penny or quarter test. Insert a penny or quarter
upside down in the tread. If you see the top of Lincoln’s or Washington’s
head, it’s time for a new tire.
an emergency kit. It should contain a flashlight, batteries, warning
devices such as flares or reflective triangles, jumper cables, a first-aid
kid and extra water.
anything valuable in the trunk or in a covered storage area. Lock car
doors at rest stops and gas stations.
roadside assistance information in your cell phone, so it’s handy in case
an incident occurs.
your cell phone and a car charger with you at all times.
aware. Know what’s going on around you. Expect the unexpected, such as
holiday parties and drinking at lunchtime. If someone is driving
erratically, call it in to protect other drivers.
speed limits. Holiday traffic and weather may require you to drive even
slower than the posted speeds. Allow plenty of time to get where you need
For more suggestions on how to make your vehicle
road-worthy, watch this video
from AAA. Practice these holiday road-trip tips and arrive at your
destination safely. #RideHoustonMETRO
What type of transportation needs will this region have in
two decades? What about 25 years from now?
Since 1980, about one million new residents have joined the
area every decade. Recent estimates predict more than 120,000 new residents
every year. The Houston-Galveston area is projected to experience a 60 percent
increase in vehicular travel over the next 25 years.
Houston-Galveston Area Council is conducting public meetings this month to
finalize a long-range transportation plan that spells out this region’s transit
needs for the next 25 years.
The council says it has come up with $77 billion in projects needed over the
next few decades.
Today’s meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. at Montgomery County
Library in Conroe. Click here for
future meeting dates and locations.
Read more in this executive summary of
the 2040 Houston-Galveston Regional Transportation Plan. #RideHoustonMETRO
The founder of Zipcar has started a new company whose vision is to provide free WiFi on public transportation vehicles.
Veniam, the new company founded by Robin Chase, would establish a series of networks using WiFi transmitters in vehicles. These transmitters would offer reliable and secure connections that allow users to seamlessly move from one WiFi hotspot to another.
The company is already doing this in Porto, Portugal, where Veniam is based. About 600 buses have been linked in Porto, allowing 73 percent of bus riders with mobile devices to be connected, according to Boston.com.
"Six hundred connected vehicles might not sound like a lot, but it's in fact the largest connected vehicle network in the world," Chase told Business Insider. Veniam said it raised $4.9 million in funding. The company plans to talk with future customers in San Francisco, New York and Austin.
From thousands of colorful holiday lights to stark black-and-white costumes worn by eight dancers, these weekend events are sure to delight the young and young-at-heart. Here are some highlights.
Event: Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo. They are back and more spectacular than ever with more than 2 million lights. Walk through a completely lit-up African forest with larger-than-life, glowing, rotating ornaments, and then stroll through a walk-in snow globe. Bring your camera.
When: Through Jan. 4 (closed Dec. 24 and 25); 6-10 p.m. weeknights; 6-11 p.m.
Where: Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr.
Bus: 11 Almeda/Nance; 68 Brays Bayou Crosstown; 1 Hospital; 8 South Main; 34 Montrose Crosstown
METRORail: Red Line (North Line) and exit Hermann Park/Zoo Station
Event: Dans La Lune. Mixing dance, film and art, Dans La Lune by choreographer/dancer/filmmaker Ashley Horn makes its world premiere as part of the Rice University Dancer-in-Residence program. The performance starts as a structured improvisation in the visual arts installation of the theater's gallery. Then it moves to a theater-in-the-round venue featuring eight dancers in black-and-white costumes designed by Horn.
When: Tonight and Saturday, 8 p.m.
Where: Dance Theater in the Rice University Recreation and Wellness Center, 6100 Main
Bus: 34 Montrose Crosstown; 1 Hospital; 8 South Main; 65 Bissonnet
METRORail: Red Line (North Line) and exit at Hermann Park/Zoo
Event: "A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas." Enjoy the timeless tale of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," adapted by Michael Wilson and directed by James Black. This seasonal favorite features spectacular London sets, spiked with the usual fog and an unusual twist on ghosts past, present and future.
When: Now through Dec. 24
Where: Alley Theatre @ UH, 4116 Elgin. The Alley Theatre @ UH is located at the Wortham Theatre in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts building on the UH campus. 4116 Elgin, Building 507 on UH campus map.
Bus: 88 Hobby Airport; 68 Brays Bayou Crosstown; 42 Holman Crosstown; 52 Hirsch/Scott; 30 Clinton/Cullen; 29 TSU/UH Hirsch Crosstown; 77 Liberty/MLK; 40 Pecore/Telephone
Try using Google Trip Planner to find the exact bus or train you need to take from your starting point. #RideHoustonMETRO
Mingle with transit professionals in your tacky sweater - or simply stop and buy some canned foods to donate - and join YPT Houston tonight from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. for the YPT Holiday Tacky Sweater Happy Hour Can Drive.
This free event will give you a chance to meet and greet other transit pros. YPT (Young Professionals in Transportation) will meet at the Yard House at City Centre at 800 Sorella Ct. off West Sam Houston Parkway.
YPT Houston provides career guidance and networking for young professionals - and the young at heart - through seminars, meetings and happy hours.
Tomorrow night, come out and party by the rail at the
MidMain’s popular First Thursday event features Beetle, the
city’s best Beatles cover band. Enjoy free shows from 5 p.m. to midnight, along
with free bar bites at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop.
Main Street Projects will feature artwork by HCC art
students. Here’s the band line-up:
5 p.m. - D.J. Tempty at the Art Garden
6 p.m. - Allison Fisher Band at Natachee’s
7 p.m. – Beetle Happy Hour at The Continental Club
9:30 p.m. – Elephant Yard at the Alley Kat
10:30 p.m. – Nick Gaitan and the Umbrellaman at the Big Top
A $5 donation at the Art Garden will benefit Houston
Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization that promotes transit-oriented, walkable
If you eat, drink or shop at any of the stores along the
HCC/Ensemble Station, many of the vendors will be donating 5 percent of their
sales that evening to Houston Tomorrow.
Participating vendors include: The Continental Club,
Shoeshine Charley’s Big Top, Sig’s Lagoon, Tacos A Go-Go, My Flaming Heart,
Double Trouble, The Tinderbox, the Alley Kat and Natachee’s.
Before you go home from work tomorrow night, hop on the Red
Line, listen to some music and enjoy the block party while you support a good
If you're looking for a career opportunity, METRO has just made the process of job-hunting here easy.
Today, we're launching NEOGOV, a subscriber-based job system that streamlines the job application process from start to finish. This user-friendly system offers an easy password reset, application status updates and new job notifications.
NEOGOV has received high ratings by industry standards and serves more than 1,000 municipalities, including 80 in Texas. This cloud-based system allows you to easily add information from your LinkedIn profile. If you get stuck, just call the telephone helpline: 855-524-5627.
We have a wide variety of job openings, including graphic designer, police officer, light-rail operator trainee, senior accountant and bus operators.
Whether you're a new or existing METRO job subscriber, you'll need to register an account with NEOGOV before you can apply.
Thousands of people gathered downtown to enjoy the city's 65th annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade - and among the marching bands and colorful floats stood one adorable mascot: The METRO train mascot.
METRO Mascot walked along the parade route as some 250,000 spectators enjoyed a picture-perfect day for the event, hosted by grand marshals Bill Klein and Dr. Jen Arnold of the hit TLC reality show, "The Little Couple."
METRO Mascot made his debut last December when METRO celebrated the extension of the Red Line (North Line). This was his first Thanksgiving Day parade.
"It was a very enjoyable experience," said Jose Pulido, Government Affairs representative, who donned the suit made up of foam, fabric - and attitude. "I made lots of children smile and cheer for METRO and the train mascot."
As we head into a four-day holiday weekend, Houston is
popping with fun things to enjoy. Here are some highlights and directions on
how to get there with METRO.
Event: Houston Turkey Trot.
Support neighborhood centers. Run or walk and make a difference in the lives of
seniors and children. You can
still register to run at Luke’s Locker today till 7 p.m. or race day from 6 to
7:15 a.m. Run a 10k, 5k, kids run or wheelchair. If you don’t want to run, come out and support the runners.
The weather forecast calls for a sunny-blue-skies perfect day of 64 degrees.
Day, Nov. 27., 7 a.m.
Where: Register at Luke's Locker,
1953 West Gray, Houston, TX 77019. (The run starts at Dillard’s near the
Bus: 3 West Gray; 18
Kirby (then a 10-minute walk)
Event: The 65th Annual
H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade. Kick off the holiday season by celebrating
all things Houston, including a salute to the world famous Texas Medical
Center. The grand marshals of the parade include stars from TLC’s television
series, The Little Couple, Bill Klein and Dr. Jennifer Arnold. Enjoy marching
bands, creative floats and bright balloons.
Day, 9 a.m.
business district. Parade starts at Lamar and Smith.
Bus: 37 El Sol; 82
Westheimer; 50 Harrisburg; 48 Navigation; 6 Jensen
METRORail: Red Line,
exit Main Street Square, and you’ll be at Dallas and Main.
Event: Uptown Houston
Holiday Lighting. This annual event attracts locals and out-of-town
visitors as they gather along Post Oak Boulevard to watch the holiday lighting
with fireworks. This free family event highlights festive music by local groups;
holiday characters including a larger-than-life Santa’s reindeer; a special
appearance from Santa; and lighting of more than half a million twinkling
lighting on 80 trees.
Day. 4 p.m. – holiday music and concessions. 5 p.m.- Merry Holiday Stage Show;
Balcony Decorating Contest; 7 p.m.
– Santa lights the boulevard.
Where: Post Oak
Bus: 33 Post
Event: Randy Rogers Band and Trombones Shorty & Orleans Avenue.
Three guitarists – Tandy Rogers, Sean McConnell and William Clark Green - are
coming to the House of Blues where you can hear country sounds with a tinge of
rock, including cuts from the band’s disc, “Homemade Tamales.”
On Sunday, check out Trombones Shorty & Orleans Avenue
as the band plays the unique sounds of New Orleans, preserving a tradition and
a unique culture with some hot trombones.
When: Friday, Nov.
28 & Saturday, Nov.29 - Randy Rogers Band; Sunday, Nov. 30 – Trombones
Where: House of Blues, 1203 Caroline St. at Houston Pavilions.
Bus: 85 Antoine; 131 Memorial; 81 Westheimer; 37 El Sol; 52 Hirsch; 1 Hospital;
66 Yale; 9 Gulfton; 82 Westheimer/West Oaks; 53 Briar Forest.
METRORail: Red Line
(North Line). Exit Main Street Square Station. Connect with 81 Westheimer or 53
To find your specific bus from your starting point, try
using Google Trip Planner right at the
top of our home page on our website. Remember that on Thanksgiving Day, buses run on a Sunday schedule. Enjoy the weekend!
METRO is ramping up its commuter bus service tomorrow - one of the busiest travel days of the year.
Local buses will operate on their regular weekday schedule.
Park & Ride routes will operate additional trips from downtown. Buses will depart every 15 minutes - starting at noon for the 249 and 269 and at 12:30 p.m. for these routes: 209, 219, 229 and 259.
Park & Ride buses will run every 30 minutes from noon to 3 p.m. for the 236 and 274.
If you don't see your Park & Ride route above, it will operate regular afternoon service, starting at 3 p.m.
METRORail service will operate its regular weekday schedule.
On Thanksgiving Day, all local bus routes and METRORail will operate on a Sunday schedule. Park & Ride buses will not run.
If you're out buying bargains on Black Friday, please note that local buses and METRORail will run on a Saturday schedule with the exception of the following routes, which will operate on a weekday schedule: 34, 59, 64, 67, 70, 75 and 108.
On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 and 30, local bus service and METRORail will operate on regular weekend schedules. Park & Ride routes will not operate.
Click here for more details. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Stay safe and enjoy the holidays.
The abstract sculpture has extended arms reaching up to the sky, outstretched arms inviting Houstonians to ride METRO.
This new work of art has just been installed adjacent to the new Purple (Southeast) Line on Scott and Elgin. Created by artist Jesse Lott, the metal piece is entitled, The Spirit of Transportation. The sculpture is designed to welcome riders.
The figure is balanced upon a base of hearts, promoting love and unity - a way to wish riders a pleasant ride. The figures, curves, angles and points create movement in the piece.
Lott is best known for his work with found materials transformed into beautiful constructions. Stainless steel pipe provides structural stability for the "bones" on this sculpture, and the artist created "skin" from found materials. This is Lott's largest work.
If you're near the University of Houston or Third Ward this weekend, check out The Spirit of Transportation.
Event: Get into the holiday spirit at the free Winter Holiday Art Market, a gala that is part festival, part party. It features more than 60 local artists in a winter wonderland of paintings, jewelry, clothing and more. You'll enjoy art, food, live music and an open bar.
When: Saturday, Nov. 22, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Winter Street Studios at 2101 Winter St.
Bus: 66 Yale, 50 Heights or 85 Antoine
Event: Renowned French filmmaker Francois Truffaut was greatly influenced by Alfred Hitchcock, and the 1983 Confidentially Yours is a type of homage to Hitchcock. This was Truffaut's last movie, and it ends the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's two-month tribute to Truffaut. This black-and-white film noir features actress Fanny Ardant, who plays girl Friday to discontent Jean-Louis Trintignant, accused of murder. Catch it at 7 p.m. on Nov. 22.
When: Saturday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m.
Where: MFA, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet.
METRORAIL: The Red Line (North Line). Exit Museum District Station.
Bus: Take 65 Bissonnet, 8 West Bellfort, 1 Hospital or 60 South McGregor.
Event: The controversies swirling around Mozart's Requiem makes for a compelling story, even though research has shown them to be fiction. Listen to the Houston Symphony perform the Requiem, commissioned by an anonymous patron to commemorate the death of his wife. Mozart died before he finished writing it, and his widow commissioned several composers to complete the score.
Also on the program are Beethoven's Overture to Coriolan and Overture to Egmont, as well as Brahms' Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny).
Where: Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana
When: 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday
METRORail: Red Line (North Line) Exit Preston Station
Bus: 44 Acres Home, 137 North Shore, 20 Long Point, 85 Antoine, 163 Fondren, 88 Hobby Airport (Saturday only), 131 Memorial (Saturday only), 78 Irvington, 3 West Gray, 56 Airline, 102 Bush Airport, 82 Westheimer, 53 Westheimer, 81 Westheimer, 18 Kirby (Saturday only), 52 Scott, 11 Almeda, 30 Cullen, 77 MLK, 80 Dowling, 66 Yale, 5 Southmore
You can use Goolge Trip Planner to time your trip and determine which bus to take.
METRO President & CEO Tom Lambert was recognized by the board today for 35 years of loyal service to the agency.
Lambert has held the top post since Feb. 27 and was doing that on an interim basis since January 2013. Board Chairman Gilbert Garcia presented Lambert with a crystal cowboy boot because "he always uses the boot to get things done," said Garcia.
That was followed by the unveiling of a framed poster from the movie, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" with Lambert's face edited onto the face of Clint Eastwood. "Tell me the good, the bad and the ugly. That's one of his big themes in general," said Garcia, to the laughter of board members.
Lambert said the presentation surprised him and thanked everyone who works with him.
"I've had a great opportunity to work with some very, very committed people for 35 years," said Lambert. "Where you can make the lives of people better each and every day...that's what public service is all about."
If you live in Pearland you probably don’t use public
transit to get to work while, if you live in Conroe, 22 percent of you carpool.
That’s according to data from the U.S. Census. In Houston, the average drive time to work is 29.1 minutes.
Seventy-five percent of Houstonians drive alone, 12 percent carpool, 4 percent
use public transit and 4 percent work from home.
the slideshow from the Houston Chronicle to see how other surrounding
communities get to work, including Sugar Land, Webster and The Woodlands.
How does Houston compare with other big cities? In Los
Angeles, 11 percent use public transit, while in New York, 57 percent catch a
train or bus.
Dallas, Austin and San Antonio all have the same percentage
rates as Houston in terms of public transit usage: 4 percent.
If you’ve never hopped on METRO, it’s only $1.25 one way for
a local bus or train. Students, seniors
and the disabled ride for half price. Seniors 70 years old or more ride
free, as well as children under age 5.
here to learn more about the METRO Q® Fare Card, a card that stores your
cash balance. Fares are automatically deducted from the card like a debit card
– just tap and ride. You earn five free rides for every 50 paid rides on your Q
Curious about how the system works? Take a seat on METRO 360 and familiarize yourself with our transit system and key features before you ride.
Plans for a high-speed bullet train from Dallas to Fort Worth are expected to be revealed this week by state transportation officials. The project will try to piggyback on plans for a high-speed rail line from Dallas to Houston, reports dallasnews.com of The Dallas Morning News.
Officials at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are analyzing funding options and potential routes which would link the biggest cities in Texas and eventually run from South Texas to Oklahoma City.
In addition to funding and route, TxDOT must determine what type of train will run. It could opt for state-run trains or pay Texas Central Railway, a private company, to run its trains on TxDOT tracks so Houston passengers could enjoy one seat from Houston to Fort Worth.
An important decision will be selecting a station on the Dallas end of the line. TxDOT prefers to tie the line into Texas Central's developer's planned line to Houston.
Would you ride a bullet train to Dallas or Fort Worth?