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Weekend Happenings with METRO April 29-May 1

Montage of events


There’s no reason to stay home and Netflix binge this weekend with all the fun activities around town. Whether you enjoy viewing art while noshing small bites from food trucks at the Bayou City Art Festival or you’re in the mood for some belly laughs at the Houston Improv Festival, there’s something for everyone.

Get there with METRO. We’ll save you parking fees and fuel – plus, you’ll feel good knowing you’ve reduced your carbon footprint. Check out the Google-powered Trip Planner to find your specific bus or train.

Event: Houston Improv Festival. Launched in 2011 this festival showcases Houston’s improv acting and comedic talent in a highly entertaining and engaging setting. You can also sign up for workshops if you’re an aspiring actor. A PG-rated, family-friendly show runs on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

When: Friday, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Where: The MATCH, 3400 Main

Getting there:

Bus: 9 Gulfton/Fondren, 82 Westheimer

METRORail: Red Line, exit Ensemble/HCC Station

Event: Bayou City Art Festival. Now in its 45th year, this Houston tradition brings high-quality art to the public to support non-profits. The festival features updates this year: fewer artists in order to have wider pedestrian pathways, more food trucks, more frequent buses and shorter lines at the entrance. View works by more than 350 artists, run through giant bubbles and dance to some music.

When: Friday, 11 a.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.

Where: Memorial Park, 6501 Memorial Dr.

Getting there:

Bus: 20 Canal/Memorial

Event: Mark Flood: Gratest Hits. This 30-year retrospective of Flood’s work includes a huge range of work from the intense “Eat Human Flesh” paintings of the 1980s to his highly valued lace paintings. This museum prides itself on being “always fresh, always free.”

When: Friday, 6:30 p.m. – opening reception. Regular weekend viewing hours: Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Where: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose

Getting there:

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

METRORail: Red Line, exit Museum District Station

 

 

 

METRO Celebrates Earth Day 2016

Montage of Earth Day festival

METRO recently celebrated Earth Day with thousands of festival-goers learning about how we’re practicing sustainability and helping to keep the air clean.

Now in its 11th year, Earth Day Houston was held at Sam Houston Park on April 16 and offered exhibits and booths to inspire and motivate attendees to take care of our Earth. METRO participated with two volunteer Ambassadors and a street team, who shared how we recycle and promote sustainability, said Margaret Dunlap, senior Public Affairs representative.

“We proudly showed METRO’s green programs. We talked about CNG buses – compressed natural gas – and how they emit fewer pollutants. We talked about the CNG fueling station near Fallbrook Bus Operating Facility. Our lighting is LED, we recycle our paper in-house,” said Dunlap.

One of the key attractions was a “spin-the-wheel” game where kids could spin a huge wheel, then try to answer a question. This game was a fun way for participants to learn about METRO’s services.

“Everyone came away a winner – they got the knowledge, we educated,” said Dunlap.

Children received puzzles that were wildflower seed packets in the shape of a bus or train, along with small cups with potting soil.



Your Smartphone's a Ticket to Ride

Want to hop on a local bus or train but you don't have a ticket yet? 

No worries. With our new mobile ticketing app, all you need is your smartphone. Just download our app and enter a credit card, debit card or PayPal. 

Android users, go here. iPhone users, go here. 

You can buy full-fare tickets for now or for later use - and you can purchase either a Single Ride ticket or a METRO Day Pass. The Single Ride ticket is valid for three hours in all directions from activation, while the Day Pass gives you unlimited rides in any direction for the day. 

You also get unlimited transfers for the duration of your ticket. 

 So if you’re planning to take the kids to the museum or zoo and you want to ride the Red Line, buy tickets for the whole family right on your smartphone. Once you’re ready to ride, simply activate your tickets by tapping “My Ticket.” 

Show this screen to any METRO police officer, bus operator or fare inspector who asks to see a ticket. 

Save time, and never worry about losing a ticket. 

No Surprise: Traffic is No. One Complaint

Traffic with METRO bus in HOV lane

When asked on the Rice University’s Kinder Houston Area Survey what is the biggest problem facing Houstonians, survey respondents cited traffic congestion.

Now in its 35th year of surveying attitudes of Houstonians, this year’s survey indicated that 29 percent consider traffic snarls our city’s No. One problem. That’s up from 20 percent in 2013 and 15 percent in 2014.

“In this rapidly growing, automobile-dependent metropolitan region, concerns about traffic are likely to be the “new normal’ for many years to come,” according to the report.

In addition, the survey said all three counties - Fort Bend, Montgomery and Harris) support alternatives to the automobile. "The proportions ranged from 48 percent (in Fort Bend County) to 37 percent (in Montgomery County) who were calling for 'spending more taxpayer money to improve rail and buses' rather than spending more 'to expand existing highways.' Between 53 and 62 percent said that the development of a much-improved mass transit system was 'very important for the future success of the Houston area.'"

METRO is one way to help you deal with gridlock. By riding METRO, you can not only reduce your carbon footprint and save on gas and maintenance on your vehicle, you can sit back and relax and let us do the stressful driving. Go ahead, take a cat nap to or from work in our comfortable Park & Ride coach buses. Read a book. Or text your friends and catch up on email.

Pick up a METRO Fare Card and load money on it – then just tap and go. Or use our new METRO Q Mobile Ticketing. Use your smartphone to buy a fare on local buses and METRORail.

 

Easy Ride to the Offshore Technology Conference

METRO Convention Pass

The world’s largest oil and gas trade show is coming to town, and METRO has a way to make it easier to get there.

The 2016 Offshore Technology Conference is scheduled from May 2 to 5 at NRG Park. With more than 50,000 attendees expected and more than 2,000 companies participating, this convention also brings lots of traffic.

We have two solutions to help you get there and back. Buy the METRO Convention Pass, and enjoy unlimited light-rail service from May 2 to 5. A pass for the entire four-day convention is only $12. A three-day pass is $9, and a two-day pass is $6.

If you prefer, buy a single-day pass for $3 and then reload it any day.

You can purchase your METRO Convention Pass at our RideStores at 1900 Main St. or 1001 Travis St. or participating hotels and retailers. Or buy online here.

For locals who are driving in, you can park at Fannin South Parking for just $10, which includes METRORail travel – only one stop away. 

Weekend Happenings with METRO April 22-24, 2016

Montage of events

After torrential rain and flooding this week, it’s time to relax and breathe now that the emergency weather is behind us. This weekend, forecasters are predicting dry and sunny days ahead. Whether it’s a baseball game between Beantown and H-town or the graceful jumps of the Alvin Ailey Dance Co. or a free concert of zydeco and jazz music in the park – there’s plenty of activities for the family.

Wherever you go to unwind, let METRO do the driving. We’ll save you money on fuel and parking.  Check out the Google-powered Trip Planner to find your specific bus or train.

Event: Product Runway 2016. Sounds like “Project Runway” but there’s a twist. It’s high-fashion designed by architecture professionals and interior design students, using standard architectural finish materials such as glass, tile, carpet and wood.

When: Friday, 8 p.m.

Where: Reinvention Music Center, 520 Texas Ave.

Getting there:
Bus: 32 Renwick, 48 Market, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine, 161 Wilcrest Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 162 Memorial Express

METRORail: Green Line or Purple Line, exit Theater District

Event: Houston Astros vs Boston Red Sox. Cheer the home team on as they battle against the Boston Red Sox.

Where: Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford

When: Friday, 7:10 p.m.; Saturday, 3:05 p.m.

Getting there:

Bus: 6 Jensen/Greens; 11 Almeda/Lyons; 20 Canal/Memorial; 30 Clinton/Ella; 48 Market; 51 Hardy-Kelley; 52 Hardy-Ley; 137 Northshore Express; 151 Westpark Express; 413 Greenlink Orange

METRORail: Green Line or Purple Line, exit Theater District

Event: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. This Houston favorite features an extraordinary company who will thrill you with pulse-racing jumps and lift your spirits with beloved classics.

When: Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.

Where: Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana

Getting there:

Bus: 6 Jensen/Greens;11 Almeda/Lyons; 20 Canal/Memorial; 30 Clinton/Ella; 32 Renwick; 40 Telephone/Heights; 41 Kirby/Polk; 44 Acres Homes; 48 Market; 82 Westheimer; 85 Antoine/Washington; 102 Bush/IAH Express; 413 Greenlink Orange

METRORail: Red Line, exit Central Station; Purple Line or Green Line, exit Theater District

Event: Willow Waterhole 2016 MusicFest. Enjoy zydeco, Big Band, Latin, blues, Cuban and jazz at this free event that will also feature a craft market with more than 30 vendors. Chill with some live music in a relaxing setting.

When: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Willow Waterhole, 5300 Dryad

Getting there:

Bus: 7 West Airport

 

 

217 Cypress P&R to Resume Monday

 217 Cypress P&R bus

Cypress residents, good news: The 217 Cypress Park & Ride is scheduled to resume on Monday, April 25.

This was our last route suspended due to high standing water and, according to weather forecasts, the roads should be safe on Monday. Thank you for your patience. METRO only operates buses when we know passengers and drivers will be safe.

This is a great time to sign up for our Service Alerts. You can choose to get texts or emails whenever your particular route has a detour or is suspended. There are many options to which you can subscribe – emergency alerts, detours for only your route, news releases.

It’s easy and fast – click here. Scroll down and look for the black rectangle in the right column.

Stay informed by signing up. Instead of looking us up, we’ll come to you with notices right on your phone.

METRO Helps Storm Victims

METRO helps storm victims

As Houston mops up after one of the most devastating floods in its history, METRO has been out in the community helping those in need.

Buses have been bringing residents rescued from floodwaters to higher ground, delivering bottled water and other supplies, as well as transporting other residents back to their homes to pick up essentials.

Today, METRO also delivered 1,500 bus passes to hard-hit Greenspoint residents.

“In difficult times like these, we can always count on neighbors to help neighbors,” said METRO Chair Carrin Patman. “METRO will do everything we can to assist. We are honored to be able to help.”

Check out this short video to see how METRO is helping neighbors.

If you need help, or if you would like to donate items, please contact www.houstonemergency.org.

We are operating a temporary shuttle every day in the Greenspoint area to serve Houstonians who are sheltered at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center. Special shuttles are operating to Greenspoint Transit Center, Imperial Valley at Seminar, and Greens Road at Wayforest. Shuttles run about every 30 minutes from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

We are also running temporary shuttles – at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. - from M.O. Campbell Educational Center to Walgreens Pharmacy on West Road at Airline. The bus will wait for residents.

To get the latest detours or emergency alerts, please sign up for email or text notifications here. Scroll down to “Service Alerts” in the black rectangle in the right column. You can also follow us on Twitter @METROHouAlerts.

Check out current roadway conditions on TranStar’s Real-Time Traffic Map.
Send Us Your Story

Pictures of riders talking about their story

Some of our passengers have intriguing stories about riding METRO, and we are looking for the best stories to tell about what METRO means to you.

Every journey has a story - what’s yours?

The best stories will be showcased in an advertising campaign that will include print, radio and TV. Only real riders – not models or actors – will be featured.

We want to highlight how METRO helps improve your life and gets you to where you need to go. Did you bump into the love of your life on the rail? Or does our Park & Ride bus help you save enough money for you to fly to Hawaii with the family? How does METRO help you get around town?

If you or someone you know has a compelling story, let us know. Send ideas and stories to: thisismynewmetro@ridemetro.org.

We expect to launch this campaign soon – so send us your comments and contacts now. We’d love to hear from you.

All Service Resumes Except 217 Cypress

METRO is resuming all service today except for the 217 Cypress Park & RIde. 

All local buses, METRORail, METROLift, HOV/HOT lanes and Park & Ride buses - except for the 217 - are operational today.

Please allow extra time for travel as there is still high water in 33 locations, according to Houston TranStar.

This is a great time to sign up for our real-time information through our service alerts system. Go to our home page and sign up to receive emails that alert you to emegencies or detours.

For area traffic and weather visit HoustonTranStar and HCFWS websites. You can also call our Customer Care Center at 713-635-4000 for route information.

 

Stay safe on the roads. If you're driving and see water, turn around.  

 

 

 

METRO Resumes Most Service

METRO is resuming service where possible today. Some routes will have detours. All METRORail is up and running, 

Park & Ride is operational. HOV/HOT lanes are open.

Please expect delays and thank you for your patience. if you're driving, be safe out there. Remember: Turn around, don't drown. Monitor traffic conditions at www.transtar.org. 

 

 

METRO SUSPENDS ALL SERVICE

METRO has suspended ALL transit services including local bus, Park & Ride and light-rail, METROLift, and HOV/HOT lanes due to a catastrophic weather event which is causing widespread flooding throughout the Houston region. Riders are asked to monitor current weather as well as METRO's Twitter and Facebook pages for timely information regarding their commutes. METRO also offers real-time information through its service alerts system. Patrons are advised that the Authority operates under the same traffic and weather conditions as the general public. 

 

Customers Note:

For area traffic and weather visit HoustonTranStar and HCFWS websites. Follow METRO on Twitter, friend us on Facebook or sign up for METRO's real-time alerts through the METRO website. You can also call our Customer Care Center at 713-635-4000 for route information.

 

Current roadway conditions are available on TranStar’s Real-Time Traffic MapHouston TranStar is a consortium of government agencies coordinating transportation and emergency management for Harris County and beyond. Sharing resources with METRO to serve the area are: Harris County,  City of Houston and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) with websites providing information about safety, weather, traffic and more during emergencies.  

We’re Looking for Smart Summer Interns

Students poring over laptops

We’re looking for smart college students who want to experience real-work projects here at METRO.

The METRO Summer Internship Program will offer work assignments and projects with professionals. Our departments include accounting, construction, engineering, finance, planning, operations, procurement, real estate, public safety, communications and marketing and facilities maintenance. (Not all departments participate in the program and those that do may vary from summer to summer.)

The internship starts with an in-depth orientation to this award-winning agency. You’ll learn the history of the agency, meet other interns and visit various departments, including a fun tour of our bus and rail operating facilities. (Ever wonder where the trains go at night? Or ever want to test-drive one? We have a simulator.)

There will also be “lunch and learn” sessions to hear from executives, fellow employees and former interns – many of whom now have full-time jobs here.

To be eligible, candidates must be 18 years old, be enrolled in an accredited educational institution with 24 completed credit hours or enrolled in a graduate program or have graduated within one year; and have a grade point average of 2.7 or higher.

Internships are unpaid, but they receive a pass to use METRO’s bus and rail service for free.

The program starts June 6 and runs for nine weeks. Positions are posted on university and college websites. Learn more here. To apply, check “Careers at METRO” job openings, scroll down and you’ll see various intern positions for which you can apply online. Or call the Organization Development division in HR at 713-652-4387.

Weekend Happenings with METRO April 15-17

Montage of events

Whether you’re into sports or art, there’s something for everyone to do this weekend. Enjoy a Houston Dynamo game, check out an alternative art festival or experience the culture of Japan. The nation’s most diverse city offers lots of fun activities for the whole family – and METRO can get you there.

See our Google-powered Trip Planner to find your specific bus or train. Play hard, then leave the driving to us. We’ll save you gas and parking fees – plus wear-and-tear on your vehicle.

Event: Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy. Watch our home team battle it out with the LA Galaxy in this exciting game. Got kids taking soccer? Show them how the pros play.

When: Friday, 6:45 p.m.

Where: BBVA Compass Stadium, 2200 Texas Ave.

Getting there:

METRORail: Green Line or Purple Line, exit EaDo Station

Event: Japan Festival of Houston. Now its 23rd year, the beloved Japan Festival returns to Hermann Park where you can sample everything Japanese – from food and cooking to fashion, games, anime and cosplay. Listen to the thunderous beat of taiko drumming or the modern sound of traditional folk singing. Experience a traditional tea ceremony.

When: Saturday, 11 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.

Where: Hermann Park, 6001 Fannin

Getting there:

Bus: 4 Beechnut – exit McGregor Way and Almeda; 11 Almeda/Lyons – exit Almeda and MacGregor Way; 28 OST/Wayside – exit Ben Taub Loop and Cambridge; 56 Airline/Montrose – exit Main and Sunset

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

Event: CounterCurrent16 Festival. This multi-venue, multi-day festival of experimental art has something for everyone. On Sunday, you can see “Sequence: Graphic Storytelling” by UH students. This exhibit is of a single graphic novel created collectively by students, showcasing diverse, international influences of the modern-day graphic novel and foreshadowing its future.

When: Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.

Where: MATCH Gallery, 3400 Main St.

Getting there:

Bus: 80 Gulfton/Holman – exit Holman and Main; 82 Westheimer – westbound, exit Milam and Elgin; 82 Westheimer – eastbound, exit Elgin and Louisiana

METRORail: Red Line, exit Ensemble/HCC Station

 

Rejoice! A Lost Wallet is Found

Ashley Caddy & bus driver James Srenaski

Note: The following is a guest post by METRO’s Monica Russo of the Press Office. 

On a recent Friday morning, METRO received a call from Ashley Caddy, a distressed rider who had accidentally left her wallet and keys on the 161 Wilcrest.

“After I exited the bus I realized I had left my belongings behind,” said Caddy.  “I became frantic. The first thing that came to mind was to contact METRO for help.”

A METRO employee who took Caddy’s call immediately contacted a METRO bus dispatcher, who was able to locate the bus which was on a layover at the Downtown Transit Center. 

Lo and behold, Caddy’s wallet and keys were resting on the seat where she left them, untouched.  “I was so relieved.  I’m so appreciative to METRO for their efforts.  They really went above and beyond to help me,” said Caddy.

In the photo posted above, Caddy thanks James Srenaski, the bus operator who helped her track her wallet.

 

Greenlink Introduces Weekend Orange Route

Orange Link shuttle route

 

Now going out on the town in the downtown area is getting easier than ever with the launch of free weekend shuttles offered by Greenlink.

Starting tomorrow, the new Orange Route will connect downtown visitors and residents to local hotspots on Thursdays and Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to midnight; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to midnight; and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The new Orange Route on Greenlink includes the Theater District, Historic Market Square, Minute Maid Park, George R. Brown Convention Center, Discovery Green, GreenStreet, Main Street Square and City Hall. 

The free shuttle service is a partnership between the Downtown District and Houston First Corporation. METRO is operating the shuttle. 

“As we are seeing more and more development, having a variety of transit options is crucial,” said Bob Eury, executive director of the Downtown District. “Not only does this support the notion of parking once and then getting around in other ways, but it benefits visitors without a car or who may Uber or take a taxi to downtown. Plus, it will be a useful amenity for downtown residents.”

Since Greenlink started in June 2012 with its compressed natural gas buses, it has carried about 1,000 passengers a day. 

The combination of METRORail’s two new rail lines - the Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast)  - Greenlink, and the B-Cycle bike share program make it more convenient than ever to get around downtown. 

“Our ever expanding public transportation system is key to maintaining a vibrant downtown and our reputation as a first-rate city for travelers,” said Dawn Ullrich, president of Houston First Corporation. 

So next time you’re dining downtown or taking in a game or concert - consider riding METRO and exploring Greenlink’s new Orange Route.  

Call for Projects Workshop

Seminar with woman raising her hand

If you have a transit-related project and you’re looking for financing, come to a workshop METRO is hosting on Thursday, April 14, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

This is for organizations that operate public transportation and are also eligible to receive money from the Federal Transit Administration. As the designated recipient for several FTA grant programs, METRO is responsible for these funds and their distribution for transit purposes.

Thursday’s workshop is a pre-application workshop that will detail the process of applying and answer any questions. It is free and open to the public. There’s no need to pre-register. The workshop will be at 1900 Main on the second floor in Room 2022.

The “call for projects” is for the 5307 Urbanized Area, 5337 State of Good Repair and 5339 Bus and Bus Facilities Formula grant programs. These formula programs were established when President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act in December 2015.

“This is a great opportunity to get information on the application process and ask questions,” said Mary Fay, director of Grant Programs.

You can download applications here. Project proposals are due to METRO no later than 4 p.m. on May 16 and can be emailed to: grantapplications@ridemetro.org.

If you can’t make the workshop, you can email any questions to: grantapplications@ridemetro.org. Questions submitted by April 22 will be posted by April 29. Please check back for updates.

 

 

METRO Launches Veterans Pass

Montage of news conference on METRO Veterans Pass

Amid pomp and circumstance, METRO launched its new qualified METRO Veterans Pass today in the lobby of its headquarters while veterans, state and local officials, disabled vets and employees packed the lobby to celebrate the beginning of a pilot program that offers qualified U.S. military vets free rides on local bus, light rail and Park & Ride.  

The METRO Police Color Guard marched to the podium and Jim Archer, METRO’s director of Service Planning & Evaluation, sang the national anthem a cappella. Then METRO Chair Carrin Patman said she was happy this was her first official METRO event as the agency’s new chair.

The METRO Veterans Pass (MVP) offers qualified disabled veterans free service on all local buses, Park & Ride buses and METRORail. METRO Veterans Pass card

“It’s appropriately named MVP because aren’t our veterans MVPs? We recognize mobility needs, and meeting their needs is critical,” said Patman.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said we need to take care of our veterans after they go far away to defend our freedom. “Where veterans are concerned, it is important to walk in the wind together,” said Jackson Lee.

To obtain a METRO Veterans Pass, an applicant must meet one of two criteria:

·        Be a disabled veteran who has suffered, as a result of military service, at least 50 percent service-connected disability or 40 percent service-connected disability because of the amputation of a lower extremity.

·        Be a veteran who has earned a medal of valor: Air Force Cross, Congressional Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross or Purple Heart.

 

After the news conference, veterans applied for passes at a table in the lobby, then received a free MVP in the RideStore. Lou Visciotti, who served in Desert Storm, said he thought the MVP was awesome. “I ride the Park & Ride every day,” said Visciotti, who works in information technology.

Roy Sullivan, a former Marine who fought in Grenada and Lebanon, also appreciated the MVP. “I live in a veterans’ community, and (the pass) makes it a lot better.”

Marlon Breaus, a Vietnam vet and a regular METRO rider, called the pass beautiful and said the pass will allow him to increase his savings.

E.A. “Buddy” Grantham, former director of the city of Houston’s Office of Veterans Affairs and a veteran of the Army, called this a significant step, as he stood in line to get his pass.

“I’m very grateful. It makes a significant difference in the lives of severely disabled veterans in terms of getting to jobs and getting to medical care,” said Grantham, who said he’s worked for a pass like this since 2007. “It’s an extremely happy day for me.”

Click here for details on how to apply.

 

 

Weekend Happenings with METRO April 8-10

 Montage of events

This weekend, relax by going back in time. Watch the classic tale, “Oliver!” unfold in this delightful musical performance set in 18th-century London. Or find out why the Virgin of Guadalupe has fascinated followers for the past 500 years.

Want some free, family fun? Grab a picnic and blanket and watch “Inside Out,” the charming Pixar adventure under the stars. Wherever you go, take METRO and sidestep traffic snarls and driving around the block looking for parking. Be sure to check out the Google-powered Trip Planner to find your specific train or bus.

Event: “Oliver!” Immerse yourself in this dramatic twist on a classic novel as you watch a runaway orphan in 18th-century London meet a gang of young pickpockets and become both cunning and captivating.

Where: Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) – Hobby Center, 800 Bagby

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

Getting there:

Bus: 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 82 Westheimer or 102 IAH Bush, exit Travis & Rusk; 85 Antoine, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, exit Louisiana & Capitol

METRORail: Red Line, exit Central Station; Green or Purple lines, exit Theater District Station

Event: “La Virgen de Guadalupe: Empress of the Americas.” La Virgen de Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego in 1531, and his life was forever changed. Since then, she’s been a symbol of hope, protection and comfort for five centuries. Find out why she’s inspired millions.

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

When: Daily, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Sept. 5.

Getting there:

Bus: 5 Southmore, exit Binz & San Jacinto

METRORail: Red Line, exit Museum District Station

Event: Bank of America Screen on the Green. Stretch out on a picnic blanket and watch a Pixar adventure under the stars. “Inside Out” is the story of Riley, a young girl whose family moves across the country to San Francisco. As Joy tries to keep Riley happy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Anger complicate things. Lawn chairs and picnics welcome, but no glass containers or alcohol brought in from the outside. Drinks, beer and wine available for purchase there. Free.

When: Saturday, 8:30 to 10 p.m.

Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney

Getting there:

Bus: 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Polk/Kirby, exit Polk & Hamilton; 6 Jensen, 11 Lyons/Almeda, 51 Hardy/Kelly, 52 Hardy/Ley, exit San Jacinto & Lamar or exit McKinney.

METRORail: Red Line, exit Main Street Square Station; Green or Purple lines, exit Convention District Station.

Texting While Walking? Not Near Trains

Diamond traffic sign with "See Tracks? Think Train" on it. 

See Tracks? Think Train.

That’s the message of Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit group that promotes rail safety nationwide. And METRO wants all Houstonians to understand that trains are powerful – and you must be careful.  

That’s the message of Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit group that promotes rail safety nationwide. And METRO wants all Houstonians to understand that trains are powerful – and you must be careful.  

It’s no contest. Every day people tempt fate and are injured or killed around tracks. Don’t trespass on rail or transit tracks. It’s violating a rail crossing law.

Vehicles stopped at train crossings and pedestrians walking on tracks account for 95 percent of all rail-related deaths, according to Operation Lifesaver. Almost all those deaths are preventable.

Remember: It can take more than a mile to stop a train. Or put another way, it can take the length of 18 football fields to stop a train. Distractions are dangerous, so stay alert and don’t walk near trains with earbuds in or while texting.

The only safe place to cross a track is at a designated public crossing. METRORail is very quiet – quieter than most buses and many cars.  Watch this engaging, short safety video to learn more.

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