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Ride METRO to Fun Events March 27 - 29


Montage of events

From a baroque artist to a jazz legend, you have a plethora of choices to keep you entertained this weekend. There's even a giant outdoor film to enjoy on lawn blankets - all free. Be sure to take METRO to get to these fun events. You'll save money on fuel, get to text enroute and won't have to hunt for parking. Leave the driving to METRO, and enjoy your weekend.

Event: Spectacular Rubens. Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens created spectacular tapestries, celebrating the principles of the Roman Catholic Church. View six painted oil-on-panel studies, as well as four of the original silk and wool tapestries from the treasures of the Convent of the Barefoot Rivals.

When: On view through May 10

Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. 1001 Bissonnet - Law Building, mezzanine

Getting there:

Bus: 34 Montrose, 65 Bissonnet, 8 South Main, 1 Hospital, 60 South MacGregor

METRORail: Take the Red Line southbound, exit at Museum District Station at Main and Ewing.

Event: Buddy Guy. This energetic blues jazzman belies his age of 78, amazing his audiences with rock n' roll that says he's still at the top of his game. This Hall of Famer, originally from Louisiana and now living in Chicago, produced a double disc, Rhythm and Blues that became a No. One hit.

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: House of Blues, 1204 Caroline St.

Getting there:

Bus: 85 Antoine; 131 Memorial; 81 Westheimer; 37 El Sol; 52 Hirsch; 1 Hospital; 66 Yale; 9 Gulfton; 82 Westheimer; 53 Briar Forest.

METRORail: Take the Red Line, exit Main Street Station. Walk east on McKinney or on Dallas for three blocks.  

Event: Guardians of the Galaxy. Bank of America Screen on the Green features this free film about a brash space adventurer who goes on the run after he steals an orb coveted by a powerful villain. Arrive an hour before show time for fun contests and activities. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnics.

When: Saturday, 8:15 - 11:15 p.m. Free.

Where: Discovery Green Park, 1500 McKinney

Getting there:

Bus: 48 Navigation, 37 El Sol, 53 Briar Forest,  81 Westheimer, 82 Westheimer, 60 S. MacGregor, 5 Kashmere, 1 Hospital, 9 N. Main, 3 Langley, 30 Cullen, 66 Yale, 52 Scott, 80 Lyons, 11 Nance, 77 Liberty, 50 Heights, 85 Antoine, 40 Pecore, 36 Lawndale

METRORail: Take the Red Line, exit Main Street Square. From McKinney and Main, walk eight blocks east on McKinney.

Be sure to check Google Trip Planner to get the specific bus or train you need from your starting point. #RideHoustonMETRO


New Network to Attract More Riders

Bus shelter with riders - cartoon style

If you're a current rider, you will love us even more in August.

That's when we launch METRO's New Bus Network with routes that are simpler with less branches. Most of you will access the bus at the same stop you go to now - and on high-frequency routes, a bus will roll into your stop every 15 minutes or less, every day of the week.

This is a network of more potential - and we're excited about that.

We expect METRO's New Bus Network to attract more riders - about 20 percent more riders. This potentially bigger base of customers means we are making METRO more convenient and more accessible with less wait time.

It means you can go to fun events on weekends riding METRO because a  high-frequency network bus will stop every 15 minutes or less - on Saturdays and Sundays. This is a massive improvement over our current weekend schedule. We know you want to travel seven days a week, and we are bringing you a network that meets your needs.

Many riders will get weekend service for the first time, while most others will get much more frequent service to many more destinations.

Want to head to a free Sunday event at Discovery Green? Or take in museum exhibit or a concert at Hobby Center? The potential for weekend dates is limitless. Starting August, ride our new network of potential.



More Riders, More Eyes, More Safety

Riders lining up to board busMETRO’s New Bus Network brings to Houston a transit system that makes sense, connecting one million riders to one million jobs.

It’s a grid-like pattern with straighter, simpler routes. On the high-frequency network, buses will show up every 15 minutes or less, seven days a week.

This will increase the potential for more safety because less wait time at stops means more secure stops. We expect this easier-to-use system will attract more riders – 20 percent more. And more people on the bus means more eyes – another factor that increases safety.

We are rolling it out this August, the launch of a five-year plan designed to predict and meet our region’s growth and sustain it for the future.

More potential, more riders,  more safety. Watch for in August – and hop aboard. 

New Bus Network Offers More Potential

Bus stop map

Imagine a bus network in the nation's fourth largest city that seamlessly moves one million people to one million jobs.

That's what we're doing with METRO's New Bus Network, debuting in August. We're bringing you a network that addresses our region's growth for a sustainable future.

For the first time since the inception of this agency in the 1970s, we have examined our system from top to bottom, analyzing how Houston has grown and changed dramatically. Up until now, METRO has not adapted to those changes.

We know we can do better. In 2012, the METRO board approved a process to rethink our bus network. After extensive studies, community surveys, meetings, and consulting with the nation's top experts in a thorough process we called System Reimagining, we are gearing up to roll out the New Bus Network that offers the potential to meet the needs of our changing employment centers.

Right now, our current frequent network focuses entirely on downtown and the Texas Medical Center with all frequent routes converging on those two points. But as growth in west Houston continues, those destinations are less appropriate as transfer points.

Our New Bus Network takes into account where most people live and work. It is bringing our system into better alignment with development patterns. It's a network of more potential, offering better coverage and bringing you more options. Look for it in August.




A Cool Map You Can Manipulate



Person looking at interactive map on iPadMETRO's New Bus Network is bringing you a more reliable way to get around town with  a frequent network that brings buses to you every 15 minutes or less.

The New Bus Network will feature three networks: High-frequency buses will come to your stop every 15 minutes or less, seven days a week; frequent buses will come every 30 minutes, seven days a week, 15 hours a day; and coverage routes will run buses every 60 minutes, 14 hours or more per day. 

Individual routes are color-coded on the system map by their base network frequency.  The base network in the network that would be in place during weekday, midday and weekend time periods. Many routes would run more often in the morning and evening peak commutes.

Most of you - 94 percent of current riders - will access service at the same stop you do now, and the vast majority of current riders will be on or near frequent or high-frequency service.

Click on this interactive map to see how often the bus comes at each stop on a route - and learn how METRO is bringing you more reliable service with our New Bus Network.


Taking METRO to Fun Events March 20-22

If you appreciate good design, enjoy listening to some cool jazz by a giant in the field, or want to cha-cha-cha under the skies in a fun free event, then grab your METRO Q® Fare Card, hop on a bus and let's party. Check out these weekend events -  and remember: When you leave the driving to METRO, you avoid the stress of traffic and parking.

Event: Design Now: Houston. The first-ever competition organized by the Printing Museum and the American Institute of Graphic Design garnered more than 300 individual submissions, making this a robust competition of graphic design. Finalists' entries range from traditional magazine covers to unusual coasters featuring business logos.  

When: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 pm. Through July 4.

Where: Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay St.

Getting there:
Bus: Friday: 3 West Gray, 18 Kirby, 34 Montrose, 298 Addicks Park & Ride
Saturday: 3 West Gray, 18 Kirby

Event: Stevie Wonder. Don't miss this jazz icon, who took home consecutive Grammy Album of the Year awards. This will be the first time since 2007 that Houstonians will be able hear this musical legend live in Houston.

When: Friday

Where: Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St.

Getting there:
Bus: 48 Navigation, 37 El Sol, 53 Briar Forest, 81 Westheimer, 82 Westheimer, 60 S. MacGregor, 5 Kashmere, 1 Hospital, 9 N. Main, 30 Cullen, 66 Yale, 52 Scott, 80 Lyons, 11 Nance, 77 Liberty, 50 Heights, 85 Antoine, 40 Pecore, 36 Lawndale, 131 Memorial

METRORail: Take the Red Line, exit Bell Station and walk six blocks east on Bell toward Fannin.

Event: Discover Dance 2015. This is a dance festival that encourages and inspires the audience to get up and dance. Performers include METdance, winner of 2014 Best of Houston Dance Company. Get out your dancing shoes - and see some awesome performances, attend mini-workshops and do some dancing of your own.

When: Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Free

Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney

Getting there:
Bus: 48 Navigation, 37 El Sol, 53 Briar Forest,  81 Westheimer, 82 Westheimer, 60 S. MacGregor, 5 Kashmere, 1 Hospital, 9 N. Main, 3 Langley, 30 Cullen, 66 Yale, 52 Scott, 80 Lyons, 11 Nance, 77 Liberty, 50 Heights, 85 Antoine, 40 Pecore, 36 Lawndale

METRORail: Take the Red Line, exit Main Street Square. From McKinney and Main, walk eight blocks east on McKinney.

Be sure to check Google Trip Planner to get the specific bus or train you need from your starting point.

Count the trains...Not!
Railroad crosing with freight train passing 

When you were a kid, did you ever sit in front of a railroad crossing and play a game of counting every rail car that passed? Sometimes there were so many rail cars attached, it was easy to lose count.

Now we're going to make playing that childhood game harder if you're on METRO. Our New Bus Network is changing the local routes to make them simpler and straighter - with about 30 percent fewer at-grade freight rail crossings.

Grade crossings represent a significant source of lateness for the current bus network.

But no more. The New Bus Network is bringing you faster, more reliable service by changing the routes to avoid more railroad crossings. That will result in faster connections and a more reliable ride for you.

Say goodbye to the train counting game. Expect more reliable service this coming August.






New Bus Network: More Reliable

METRO’s New Bus Network is a redesign of our local routes that create a grid-like pattern of straighter, simpler routes.

What this means to you: A more reliable network.

While we have a handy T.R.I.P. app  you can download on your smart phone,  you won’t really need to consult that if you are commuting on our high-frequency network. That’s because a bus will automatically show up at your bus stop every 15 minutes or less.

You’ll be able to rely on this New Bus Network on weekends, too. The high-frequency network will run every 15 minutes or better on Saturdays and Sundays.

No more long waits. The frequent network, which connects one million residents to one million jobs, is always coming to you.

We’re bringing more reliability to you.  Experience the New Bus Network in August.



Keeping Safe on the Road

Road Cents app logo

You may be one of the hundreds of families on spring break this week, and if you're taking a road trip, here's one free app you'll want to download.

Called Road¢ents, this app will help you track the maintenance of your vehicle and help you find nearby businesses, such as a gas station or tow truck, to keep your car or truck running safely.  

The average number of miles Texans drive every year is 16,000 - so it's important to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape. This app also offers quick tips on saving money, common repairs from battery repairs to headlight malfunctions and what to do in case of an accident.

For example, if your car needs a tune-up or has failed an emissions test you can improve gas mileage by 4 percent by fixing your car. Fixing a bad oxygen sensor can boost gas mileage by 40 percent, and a clean air filter can help raise gas mileage by up to 10 percent.

When you have an accident, know what the law says about moving your car. If no one is injured, move it out of traffic. However, it might be a good idea to snap a photo with your phone before doing so.

And here's one tip I didn't know. On the back of your Texas driver's license or ID card, there's a toll-free phone number for non-emergency help: 800-525-5555.

To access automatic maintenance updates that tell you when to change your oil or rotate your tires, simply create an account. This app was developed by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Reimagining a New Bus Network

New Bus Network

METRO started a conversation with our riders in the summer of 2013, asking how we can improve our bus service. System Reimagining was the plan the METRO Board of Directors approved on Feb. 11, 2015. It is a five-year plan that redesigns our local bus service into a more grid-like pattern offering more frequent buses to more people.  

System Reimagining was the process to develop this plan. It involved hundreds of hours of surveys, meetings with the public, planning and consulting.

Now we are preparing to roll out this new plan, and we're calling it METRO's New Bus Network. We are scheduled to launch this new network in August. This network offers simpler, faster, more frequent service, better service on weekends and more ways to get where you're going.

The frequent network connects a million residents to a million jobs - and buses will run every 15 minutes, seven days a week. The routes will be straighter, simpler and easier to remember with the destination on each bus stop sign.

You'll start to see "METRO's New Bus Network" on signs and on this website and begin to see less of the phrase "System Reimagining." We are transitioning from the process to the actual roll-out, and that's why we have a name change.

Click here to view an interactive map of METRO's New Bus Network. #RideHoustonMETRO



Weekend Events with METRO: March 13-15

Montage of three weekend events

One of the benefits of big-city living is that there's never a dearth of fun things to do. Consider taking METRO to go to your weekend events - you'll save wear and tear on your vehicle, plus avoid traffic gridlock and parking problems. Leave the driving to METRO - and enjoy your night out! Here are some events to check out.

Event: Once. This musical of a Dublin street musician who chases his dream of a singing career, thanks to the encouragement of a beautiful girl, won eight Tony Awards in 2012. Every show is slightly different, as this play allows the actors to be spontaneous with their roles. 

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

Where: Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St.

Getting there:

Bus: 36 Kempwood/Lawndale, 37 El Sol, 40 Pecore/Telephone, 50 Heights/Harrisburg.

Event: Measure for Measure. Rice takes a rarely-viewed play by Shakespeare and directs first-time, talented actors in the 46th year of Houston's longest consecutively running Shakespeare festival. This is a classic tale of justice and mercy, virtue and sin.

When: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where: Rice University, 6100 Main St.

Getting there:

METRORail: Red Line, exit at Hermann Park/Rice U

Bus: 8 South Main, 65 Bissonnet, 1 Hospital.

Event: Dipsy, the dinosaur. After two years away, Dipsy, the Diplodocus, is back at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The museum's first dino, Dipsy left his spot in the Glassell Hall for a much-deserved rest at a spa retreat in Utah, where his bones were carefully cleaned and a new mounting frame designed.

When: Daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Free on Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr.

Getting there:

Bus: 1 Hospital, 8 South Main, 65 Bissonnet

METRORail: Take the Red Line, exit Museum District Station.

Use the Google Trip Planner to search for the specific bus or train you need from your starting point. #RideHoustonMETRO


METROLift Wants Your Opinion on Possible Fare Change


Man in wheelchair being lifted on ramp into METROLift vehicleMETROLift is our paratransit service that transports people with disabilities who cannot ride our fixed-route bus service.

We want your opinion on a possible change in the fare structure. METRO's goal is to ensure sustainability of METROLift service by recovering a portion of the operating costs from fares. The current METROLift base fare of $1.15 per one-way ticket was set in 1991 and has not increased in 24 years.

Read more background here.

Community meetings are being conducted throughout the city to give you a chance to comment about possible fare changes. No decisions have been made yet.

You may also comment online at a survey here.

 Here are future meeting dates. Find one near you, and come join the conversation.

Tuesday, March 24: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Trini Mendenhall-Sosa Center (Spanish), 1414 Wirt Rd.

Thursday, March 26: 10 - 11:30 a.m., Third Ward Multi-Service Center, 3611 Ennis St.

Saturday, March 28: 10 - 11:30 a.m., United Way of Greater Houston (Spanish), 50 Waugh Dr.

Saturday, March 28: 12:30 - 2 p.m., United Way of Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Dr.

Tuesday, March 31:  11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center, 4014 Market St.

Thursday, April 2:  10 - 11:30 a.m., West Gray Metropolitan Multi-Service Center (Spanish), 1475 West Gray St.

Thursday, April 2: 1 - 2:30 p.m., West Gray Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1475 West Gray St.

Monday, April 6: 1 - 2:30 p.m., Bayland Park Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet St.

Thursday, April 9:  6 - 7:30 p.m., METRO, 1900 Main St., 2nd floor.

Saturday, April 18: 10 - 11:30 p.m., MHMRA Conference Center, 7011 Southwest Freeway.

Saturday, April 18: 12:30 - 2 p.m., MHMRA Conference Center (Spanish), 7011 Southwest Freeway

San Antonio to Offer Free Night Shuttles

If you’re planning a trip to San Antonio, here’s good news.  On March 28, visitors to downtown will be able to get on and off a circulating evening shuttle – for free.

This pilot program is being launched by VIA Metropolitan Transit, Centro San Antonio and the city. VIA’s antique-looking trolleys will offer a north and south route on Navarro and St. Mary’s streets and run east and west on Commerce and Market Streets. The idea is to connect hotels, restaurants, theaters, performing arts centers and the convention center.

The free shuttle service – dubbed The E - will operate from 6 p.m. to midnight, Tuesday through Saturday, every 10 minutes. The $100,000 pilot program will run six months with a possible extension of another six months.

Here in Houston, we have a free downtown daytime shuttle called Greenlink. This shuttle runs Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., every seven to 10 minutes. It’s sponsored by BG Group, Houston First and the Downtown District and operated by METRO.

The route covers 2.5 miles with 18 stops, connecting major office buidings on Smith and Louisiana Streets, the convention corridor, hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

The route includes the George R. Brown Convention Center, Main Street Square, Discovery Green, GreenStreet (the former Houston Pavilions), Phoenicia Specialty Foods, City Hall and the Central Library. Click here to view a map. 


Board Member Spieler to Speak

METRO Board Member Christof SpielerJoin Houston Tomorrow for a smorgasbord of creative and inspiring speakers on Thursday, March 12.

Board Member Christof Spieler will be speaking from 7:30 - 8:15 p.m. on System Reimagining and METRO's New Bus Network. Instrumental in spearheading this effort to redesign Houston's local bus routes to a grid-like pattern that brings more buses to more people, Spieler will talk about the benefits and what's next for local transit.

You'll also get to hear Chris Wise of the local band Buxton share his vision of Houston and experimental musician Joe Mathlete talk about what he sees ahead for Houston. The evening ends with "Hearts of Animals" at 8:15 p.m. with a promise by organizers to "make your tears dance."

The event takes place from 5:30 - 9 p.m. at Rudyards Upstairs at 2010 Waugh. Buy pre-sale tickets for $5, or $8 at the door. Reserve your spot here.

Co-sponsored by Houston Tomorrow, Air Alliance Houston, Better Houston and Planners' Revolution, the event includes time for networking and socializing. Like-minded members agree that Houstonians can build a better city by thinking about the Houston they want to inherit in 2040.

What do you want Houston to be like in 2040?


Celebrate Spring Break 2015 with METRO

Colorful spring flowers

Hundreds of thousands of students will be celebrating spring break over the next three weeks, and some school districts have already started this week.

If you're planning a staycation, there's plenty to do right here in the city. The Museum of Fine Arts Houston can be a fun destination, including Mondays during spring break. From fangs, feathers and fins to silver in American art - there's something for everyone. Take the Red Line and exit at the Museum District Station.

The sun should be out by Wednesday, and if you want to take the kids to the Houston Zoo, take METRORail and get off at the Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station. The zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If you're ready for some cowboy/cowgirl action at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, park at the Fannin South Park & Ride lot for $20. Then all the occupants of your vehicle can board the Red Line to Reliant Park Station where the NRG Park is steps away.

Take METRO this spring break, and sidestep traffic gridlock and parking woes. A one-way ticket is only $1.25. Students and seniors ride for half price, and kids under age five ride free.

Click here for more parking locations near the rail.


METRO Takes You to Fun Events March 6-8

Montage of events

Although it promises to be a cold, crisp weekend, don't let the nippy temperatures keep you from warm indoor and fun activities. The world's biggest rodeo is underway now with award-winning music, as well as an amazing circus with aerialists who uses dance movements in an athletic show suspended in the air.

Take METRO to get to these events. You'll save on fuel, avoid circling around looking for or paying for parking - enjoying the event knowing that METRO will drive you home.

Event: RodeoHouston - John Legend. This long-time rhythm and blues singer won an Oscar last month for "Glory," his duet in Selma, the epic about Martin Luther King Jr. You can hear him on the revolving stage at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

When: Friday, 6:45 p.m.

Where: NRG Stadium, 1 NRG Park.

Getting there:

METRORail: Take the Red Line, exit at Reliant Park Station (NRG Park). The last northbound train runs continuously from the Reliant Park Station until at 1:41 a.m., and the last southbound train runs continuously toward Fanning South Park & Ride until 3:27 a.m.

Event: Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna. An amazing troupe of aerialists do incredible acts suspended in the air - acts that involve dance movements and athletic prowess. The story line involves a mysterious island governed by goddesses influenced by the moon's cycles and a tale of beauty, courage and the perseverance of young love.

When: Through March 22. Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Where: Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 North Sam Houston Parkway.

Getting there: Pick up the 44 Acres Homes at St. Joseph & Travis; de-board at Tomball Parkway (249 and the Beltway) and walk west toward the race track.

Event: Faberge: From a Snowflake to an Iceberg - The McFerrin Collection. If you like bling, this is the ultimate show where you can be amazed at 500 jewel-encrusted treasures owned by royalty. You can view jewelry, picture frames and some of the famous Faberge Easter eggs owned by Russia's Nicholas II, Queen Victoria and other nobles.

When: Through Dec. 15. Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr.

Getting there:

Bus: 1 Hospital, 8 South Main, 65 Bissonnet

METRORail: Take the Red Line, exit Museum District Station.

Be sure to check Google Trip Planner to find the specific bus or train from your starting point. #RideHoustonMETRO


Staying Safe Around Trains

We are completing two new rail lines and expect to launch them this spring. You may have noticed some trains already in testing without passengers in them. By the time we have the Green Line (East) and the Purple Line (Southeast) completed, we will have tripled our light-rail system.

It’s important to keep these safety tips in mind when you are walking or driving near these light-rail trains.

Stop. Look. Listen.

  • Stay alert. Light-rail trains are quiet.
  • Stay off the tracks. Trains are fast, but they can’t stop quickly.
  • Only cross at crosswalks when no trains are around.
  • Never use your smart phone or iPod near tracks. Do not text or play games.
  • Look both ways – trains travel in both directions.
  • Never play around platforms, poles and wires or tracks.
  • Never ride skateboards or bikes across the tracks.
  • Respect red lights.
  • Drivers: Follow the lane markings in lanes shared by trains and cars.

Station platforms and trains are monitored by cameras and police 24/7. So please stay safe when you’re around the rail, especially during the rodeo when we typically get lots of passengers riding the train. 

Look Ma! No Hands!

Nissan's autonomous carThe head of the world's fourth largest carmaker said his company will have driverless cars on the road in 2016.

No, your eyes are not playing tricks - that's next year.

Carlos Ghosn, head of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, announced his plans yesterday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Already one of the biggest manufacturers of electric vehicles, Renault-Nissan says the next stage of the automobile is autonomous vehicles.  "This is a trend which is going to transform our product. It is resonating a lot with consumers," Ghosn said at the conference, as reported by Computer

Autonomous connected cars allow humans to keep an element of control. They are different from truly driverless vehicles like the ones Google is developing. The autonomous connected car will drive autonomously in traffic jams, allowing the driver to take his or her hands off the wheel and eyes off the road.

Ghosn said the vehicles will reduce accidents and make driving more pleasant. He predicted autonomous cars would be in the mainstream on highways by 2018.

Would you feel comfortable sharing the road with autonomous cars?

I get nervous when I see a driver texting while driving with one hand on the wheel and no eyes on the road. But if that driver were doing that in an autonomous car? We could all breathe easier. Maybe it wouldn't be so hard to grow accustomed to driverless cars.

Ghosn said autonomous vehicles are ready now - they just need regulators to accept them. 


Take METRO to the Rodeo

Cowgirl on horseThe world's largest rodeo starts tomorrow - and you can make your commute easier by taking METRO to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at NRG Park.

You can park your car at four Park & Ride lots for free - then buy a round-trip shuttle ticket. At Maxey Road, Monroe and West Loop, the round-trip shuttle price is $4. At North Shepherd, it's $6.50.

The last inbound bus from the Park & Ride lots to NRG Park departs at 9 p.m. Operating hours at these parking lots are: Monday - Thursday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Here are addresses of the Park and Ride lots:

North Shepherd: 7821 N. Shepherd

West Loop: 4675 S. Braeswood

Monroe: 8833 ½ Gulf Frwy. (I-45)

Maxey: 515 Maxey Rd.

You can also park at Fannin South Park & Ride at 1604 West Bellfort and pay $20 per vehicle (cash only). Then hop aboard METRORail and exit at Reliant Park (NRG). Round-trip passes for METRORail for all passengers in your vehicle are covered in your parking fee.

Enjoy the rodeo and leave the driving - or most of it - to METRO!

Riding METRO to Weekend Events Feb. 27-28

"Heart & Seoul" at Children's Museum


From finger-lickin' good barbeque to soulful jazz, you can find fun events here in town. To make your commute easy, ride METRO and avoid the large rodeo crowds, save on parking and party with no worries. Leave the driving to us. Here are some highlights this weekend:

Event: World's Championship Bar-B-Que. The world's biggest pre-party to the world's biggest rodeo, more than 250 teams compete in a traditional Texas cook-off. Most team tents are invitation-only, but you can still enjoy a delicious chopped beef sandwich, drinks, live music and dancing

When:  Friday, Feb. 27, noon to 11 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: NRG Park, 1 Reliant Parkway.

Getting there:

METRORail: Red Line (North), exit at Reliant Park Station (NRG Park). The last northbound train departs at 1:41 a.m., and the last southbound train departs at 3:27.

Event: The 17th Annual Moores School of Music Jazz Festival. This two-day music feast features home-grown saxophonist Shelley Carrol, who has traveled the world making music. You'll also get to hear the UH Jazz Orchestra and the Moores School Jazz Festival All Stars, a band of seasoned musicians led by Noe Marmolejo, UH director of Jazz Ensembles and association professor of music.

When: Friday, Feb. 27, 7:30; Saturday, Feb. 28, 7:3 p.m.

Where: University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Rd.

Getting there:

Bus: 77 MLK/Liberty with a stop at UH and Calhoun. On Friday, the last northbound bus towards downtown departs at 11:26 p.m. and the last southbound towards MLK is at 1:42 a.m. On Saturday, the last northbound bus is at 11:51 p.m., and the last southbound bus towards MLK is at 1:23 a.m.

Event: Heart and Seoul: Growing up in Korea. This world premiere imports modern-day Korea to Houston. You'll meet five Korean kids who will share their love of K-Pop (Korean pop), their habit of texting to talk; and their drive that keeps them studying at "hagwon" (cram school) to improve their chance of being accepted to a good college.

When: Through May 10. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Children's Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz.

Getting there:

Bus: 60 South MacGregor - Stops four blocks from the museum on Southmore and Crawford. 1 Hospital and 8 South Main: Both buses stop five blocks away from the museum at Main and Binz. 

METRORail: Red Line (North). Exit at the Museum District Station.

Be sure to check the Google Trip Planner to get the exact bus or train from your starting point. #RideHoustonMETRO



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