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Weekend Events & Getting There with METRO
 

Montage of zoo, "Metamorphoses," and Artopia

Weather forecasters are predicting a beautiful sunny weekend, and there are plenty of events to attend around town while you're enjoying the warming temps and sunshine.

Event: HoustonPress Artopia. This one-night event features an evening of culture, fashion, art, music and food. You'll see fashion shows, dance performances and galleries highlighting local artists. Tickets include food, wine, cocktail and beer sampling.

When: Saturday, Jan. 24, 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Where: Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St.

Getting there:

Bus: 66 Yale, 50 Heights or 85 Antoine

Event: Metamorphoses. In this BayouCity Theatrics production, Writer/director Mary Zimmerman takes Ovid's epic showcases a giant pool of water in the middle of the stage as characters wade, wash, drown or are reborn in this tale of wrath, insecurity, lust and despair.

When: Through Feb. 1.

Where: The Kaleidoscope, 705 Main at Capital, Suite B

Getting there:

Bus: 11 Almeda/Nance, 52 Hirsch/Scott, 66 Yale, 77 Liberty/MLK, 80 Dowling/Lyons,  20 Canal/Long Point Limited, 30 Clinton/Cullen,  44 Acres Homes,  137 Northshore, 5 Kashmere Gardens,  6 Jensen/Tanglewood,  9 North Main/Gulfton, 60 South MacGregor,  1 Hospital,  3 Langley/W. Grey,  78 Alabama/Irvington,  102 Bush IAH,  56 Airline

METRORail: Take the Red Line (North Line), exit Main Street Square, and walk north two blocks.

Event: Houston Zoo. Feed the giraffes, meet a sea lion, watch Asian elephants splash in their spacious pool, see rhinos roll in the mud. It's a great weekend to walk around outdoors, and the zoo is fun for the young and the young-at-heart.

When: Daily, 9 a.m. -  6 p.m.

Where: 6200 Hermann Park Dr.

Getting there:

Bus: 8 South Main, 1 Hospital, 65 Bissonnet or 34 Montrose.

METRORail: Take the Red Line and exit at the Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station. You can park at Fannin South Park & Ride, and then board the grain for $1.25. Kids and seniors are half price. Patrons under age 5 or over age 70 ride free.

Check out Google Trip Planner to find the exact bus from your starting point.

METRO Celebrates MLK Day of Service
 

 

Montage of MLK Day of Service at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church MLK Day of Service at Wheeler Ave. Baptist Church

The following is a guest blog post by Antoine Bryant, Stakeholder Affairs representative.

On January 19, under beautiful sunny skies, the METRO Stakeholder Affairs team was instrumental in sharing Southeast light-rail information and other METRO related services to the public.  As a primary vendor at the inaugural Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Community Day of Service, the assembled team, was able to disseminate literature to nearly 1,000 people, all celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.  The team was under the direction of Antoine Bryant, Stakeholder Affairs representative and Mike Martinez, director of Stakeholder Affairs.

Critical safety information was distributed, concerning both vehicular drivers, as well as pedestrians.  Children of all ages (including the young at heart), were able to play a safety bean bag game, and learn important safety information about how to engage the rail.  All assembled were able to walk away with giveaways that will ensure that the Purple Line (Southeast Line) will stay foremost in their minds.

Additionally, through the assistance of our able METRO ambassadors, we were able to sign several of our seniors for reduced-fare or free Q cards.  This was a tremendous hit for the community, as numerous elders were among the visitors to the booth, often with grandchildren in tow.

This effort could not have been a success without the tireless contributions of Stakeholder Affairs representatives Christine Conner-Moreno (and her daughter!), Luis Garcia, and Art Murillo. We would also like to acknowledge the presence of our METRO Police, notably Jackie Reece.

Overall, the event was a qualitative and quantitative success, and the community is excited about METRO, and the impending connectivity that will be provided by the Purple Line (Southeast Line.)

#RideHoustonMETRO

 

Obama Calls for Good Infrastructure

In last night’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said that 21st century businesses need 21st century infrastructure – “modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and faster Internet.”

Today, the nation’s top transportation official agreed that if we want to continue building the world’s most competitive economy, we need a transportation system that keeps pace.

“We need to re-build America’s existing infrastructure – fixing our roads and bridges, getting our aging transit systems into a state of good repair,” wrote Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on his blog.

Click here to see the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)’s grants to METRO, helping us keep our buses in a state of good repair. This is capital funding that is used to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities. It also includes funding to repair and upgrade rail transit systems, along with high-intensity motor bus systems that use high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.

Michael Melaniphy, president and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA),  urged Congress and Obama to work together to pass a multi-year, multi-modal, well-funded transportation bill before the May 31 deadline. He also encouraged Congress to fund the Highway Trust Fund, which includes the Mass Transit Account.

“Transportation is the economic backbone of our economy,” said Melaniphy. “Every $1 invested in public transportation leads to $4 in economic returns. Economically competitive communities need quality public transportation.”

Read more of his remarks here. #RideHoustonMETRO

A Dog Who Loves Public Transit
 

Dog who rides Seattle bus alone to dog park

Dog lovers know canines are smart.

Now here's proof of one dog who appreciates public transit. Eclipse, an adorable black Labrador-Bullmastiff mix in Seattle, routinely hops on the bus - alone - and rides to the dog park.

If her owner takes too long to finish his smoke at a bus stop, Eclipse will climb on board, recline or sit on a seat and look out the window until she recognizes her stop - a dog park, reported KOMO-TV in Seattle. She and her owner, Jeff Young, live near a bus stop - and only four stops away from the dog park.

Commuter Tiona Rainwater told KOMO, "All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does. She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this face?"

Her owner called his well-mannered dog "a bus-riding, sidewalk-walking dog."

Now that's one smart dog. Click here to see a video of Eclipse riding the bus.

Riding METRO to Weekend Happenings
 

Montage of events

Many of you will be enjoying a three-day weekend, celebrating MLK Day on Monday, a great day to do some volunteer work in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. Over the weekend, enjoy some great entertainment, listen to some incredible pianists or explore installation art.

Event: In the Mood: A 1940s Musical Revue. Immerse yourself in the swing era at this Big Band show. Hear musicians offer a fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Benny Goodman with many of the musical arrangements written by Vic Schoen, the conductor and arranger for The Andrews Sisters and music director for Universal and Paramount Pictures.

When: Saturday, Jan. 17, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m.

Where: Cullen Performance Hall, 4800 Calhoun Rd.

Getting there:

Bus: 80 Dowling, 77 Liberty/MLK

Event: Mel Chin: Rematch. Come to this exhibition opening and artist talk with Houston-born Mel Chin, an artist whose work includes sculpture, video, drawing, painting, collage, land art and performance art. Each of Chin's six works on view connects to the culture and history of Asia. Interactive experiences focus on borders and the encroachment of technology.

When: Saturday, Jan. 17, 2 p.m. - lecture. Exhibit continues through April 19.

Where: Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore.

Getting there:

Bus: From downtown at McKinney and Fannin, take 1 Hospital. Exit at Main and Southmore, and then walk 3.5 blocks east. Or, at McKinney and Fannin, take 60 South McGregor. Exit at LaBranch and Southmore, walk one block west.

Event: Mozart & Shostakovich - Twin sisters have been delighting audiences for the past seven years as they play the piano around the world. Hear Christina and Michelle Naughton perform Mozart's Piano Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in an appearance with the Houston Symphony. The program includes Mendelssohn's The Fair Melusina and Shostakovitch's Symphony No. 12, The Year 1917.

When: Saturday, Jan. 17, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 18, 3 p.m.

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

Getting there:

METRORail: Red Line (North Line). Exit Preston Station.

Bus: 88 Hobby (Saturday only), 131 Memorial (Saturday only), 3 Langley, 85 Antoine and 163 Fondren

Check out the Google Trip Planner to get the exact bus from your starting point. Enjoy the weekend, and ride METRO.

#RideHoustonMETRO.

 

Bicycles Built for Houston Streets
 

UH student-designed bike for Houston

A group of University of Houston students designed three types of bikes for Houston's streets, as part of their semester project in the university's award-winning industrial design program.

In addition to designing, testing and building the bikes - a road bike, a hybrid and a cruiser - the students founded a company, Tau, and are branding the bikes.

"U.S. downtowns are being redeveloped," said Professor Mark Kimbrough, who led the class. "Downtown infrastructures are being rebuilt with bike paths and bike lanes in mind. With that in mind, we formed a bike company that focused on three types of bikes."

Students interviewed a former professional cyclist, bike enthusiasts, the Houston Public Works Dept. which oversees Houston's bikeways - and pedaled around the city to experience the challenges riders encounter in the city. The city offers more than 300 miles of an interconnected bikeway network spread across 500 square miles.

"We took inspiration from both classic and modern styles from around the city to create a bike brand that was distinctly Houston," said senior designer Brian Chui. "We also looked at the needs of bikers - how people locked their bikes, where they ride and how they store their bikes. We wanted to meet all of these needs in an elegant, streamlined way."

The three student-designed bikes will be on exhibit at a UH Industrial Design show in late spring. Students are working on a Tau promotional video.

Bicyclists can ride METRO's system. Every local bus has a two-bike rack mounted on the front bumper, while commuter buses can accommodate bikes loaded in the belly of the bus where luggage is stored.

METRORail allows bikes during non-peak times, limiting them to two bikes per rail car.

Service Changes on January 25

 

On Sunday, Jan. 25, METRO will be implementing route and schedule changes that will reduce overcrowding and improve on-time performance.

Twenty-four routes will be affected. Here are some highlights:

 

  • 46 Gessner – Weekdays. Adjust southbound trip times between 3:40 – 4:45 p.m. for more reliable service.
  • 52 Scott – Weekdays. Add a southbound trip at 2:38 p.m. to alleviate passenger overloads.
  • 222 Grand Parkway Park & Ride – Weekdays. Add an inbound trip at 6:26 a.m. and an outbound trip at 5:05 p.m. and adjust trip times to alleviate passenger overloads.

 

Seven of the routes are being detoured due to the closure of Dallas Street, which closed on Jan. 12.  One route will be discontinued on Jan. 23 – the 285 Kingsland Uptown, due to low ridership. The other changes will enhance the route by adding a bus or adjusting the schedule.

Find out if your route is affected by clicking here.

We hope these service tweaks will make your experience riding METRO more pleasant. #RideHoustonMETRO

 

Chevron Houston Marathon
 

 

RunnersThis Sunday, thousands of runners will be pounding the streets of Houston in the annual Chevron Houston Marathon.

That requires METRO to adjust its service. On Sunday, Jan. 18, trains will run every 18 minutes between the Preston Station northbound platform and the UH-Downtown Station; and between Main Street Square north and southbound platforms.

From 6 to 7:30 a.m., there will be no service between the Preston Station northbound platform and UH-Downtown Station.

From 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., all rail service will stop between the Main Street Square northbound and southbound platforms (between McKinney and Lamar).

Click here for details. Thanks for your patience. If you're running, good luck!

#RideHoustonMETRO

Kingsland Route 285 to Close
 

 

285 Kingsland Uptown logoThe 285 Kingsland Uptown route will make its final run on Friday, Jan. 23, due to low ridership.

METRO sets a ridership goal for each route, and allows two years for a route to mature and grow ridership. In this case, the goal was 500 average daily boardings. After two years, the average number of daily boardings was 241. 

"With the ridership materially less than the goal, the route was clearly underperforming," said Jim Archer, director of Service Planning and Evaluation. "The deciding factor was that, in this case, METRO offers alternative service that is comparable. Everybody has a service alternative."

Riders can take the 298 Kingsland/Addicks/TMC from the Kingsland Park & Ride to the Northwest Transit Center. A bus runs every 10 minutes during rush hour. At the Northwest Transit Center, riders transfer to the 33 Post Oak that drives through Uptown.

For more route and schedule information, click here or call METRO Customer Care at 713-635-4000. You can also use the Google Trip Planner to plan your trip.

Riding METRO to Weekend Events
 

Bruno Munro's "Field of Light" at Discovery Green

Despite this weekend's weather forecast of clouds and rain, Houston has some fun events you can enjoy with the whole family. Relax by leaving the driving to METRO. For only $1.25, hop aboard a local bus and arrive at your destination without worrying about a parking spot.

Event: Bruno Munro: Field of Light. Experience a field of colors as 4,500 radiant glass spheres atop thin, clear stems wave back and forth in the wind. Each sphere is illuminated by fiber optics. Munro, an English installation artist, designed the colors to change in a rhythmic pattern, creating an illusion of movement.

Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

When: From dusk to 11 p.m. daily, through Feb. 8.

Getting there:

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), exit Main Street Square, then walk four blocks east.

Event: Traditions Transfigured. Check out what artist Bidou Yamaguchi is doing to traditional character masks from centuries-old Japanese dramas. The artist takes Noh masks and updates them for the 21st century. This four-part exhibition offers videos and unfinished masks that showcase the carving process, as well as the history of Noh theatre. The last section allows you to try on a mask and take a selfie.

Where: Asia Society of Texas, 1370 Southmore Blvd.

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays, through Feb. 15.

Getting there:

Bus: From downtown at McKinney and Fannin, 1 Hospital. Exit at Main and Southmore, then walk 3.5 blocks east. Or at McKinney and Fannin, take 60 South McGregor. Exit at LaBranch and Southmore, walk one block west.

Event: Shark! This exhibit focuses on sharks of the Gulf of Mexico. Start your tour by entering a mock shark cage where you will immediately be greeted by a big hammerhead shark circling you - on video. You'll also be able to pet small sharks, as well as examine shark teeth, skin and scales in a lab section.

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

When: Daily through March 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Getting there:

Bus: Take 1 Hospital from Fannin and McKinney, exit at Ewing and Main.

METRORail: Take the Red Line southbound, exit Museum District. Walk one block west.

Use Google Trip Planner to find your exact bus from your starting point. #RideHoustonMETRO

Kind Bus Drivers Help Young Man on Road to Success
 

Tyrone Obaseki speaking

Tyrone Obaseki grew up in foster care since he was two months old. He bounced from shelter to shelter and stayed in a group home.

Six years ago, he found himself homeless, sleeping some nights at the YMCA and other nights at the Salvation Army. Today, the 28-year-old holds a master's degree, is working towards becoming a licensed professional counselor as an intern counselor at the Harris County jail, and is a motivational speaker and minister.

He credits much of his success to METRO's bus drivers, and sent this letter to us over the holidays:

Dear METRO,

This holiday season I wanted to send you a letter thanking you for all that you do for the residents of Harris County. At the age of 19, I found myself homeless, hungry and lost after spending 18 years in foster care. Orphans are not always handed the best hand in life; however, I can truly say that METRO  tried to make my life better.

I remember days when the sun beamed heavily on my brow, and I felt like I was going to faint. I had enough sense to recognize that if I could hold out until I got on the bus, I would be ok. I was right! I always had a smiling bus driver who listened to my stories of being in foster care. Some of the bus drivers would tell me, ‘It will be ok, son, just keep trying.'

When I was upset over a bad grade in college, one of the bus drivers told me, ‘College is not easy, but you have to stay in the race.' When I was upset over a young lady, one of the female bus drivers told me all about love and relationships. ‘Boy, there will be others,' the bus driver said. 

The pep talks, the free bus passes and the smiling faces all made a difference in my life. Sometimes I slept at the bus stop with no food, but I made it. Some days I rode the bus because I didn't have anywhere to go, but I made it. There was a time in my life when I was a homeless, hungry vagrant who rode METRO to college, yet I made it.

I graduated college with my master's in counseling, and I provide counseling to inmates at the Harris County Jail. I am proud to say that METRO played an integral part in my growth and development.  For in my darkest hour, METRO was the most consistent person in my life.

Happy Holidays.

Last Friday, Obaseki told me he deeply appreciates all the help from METRO.

"A lot of the bus drivers became somewhat of a mentor for me," recalled Obaseki. "An older guy would...tell me to keep reading my books. Stay positive. He said, ‘Plant your fields, then build your barns.'"

The bus operators - and Obaseki can't remember their names - became a family to the young man. "I was open, young and energetic. I would ask questions. I would take that time to get wisdom," said Obaseki, who would take a bus from the Mesa Transit Center to the Downtown Transit Center, then the Red Line to go to Houston Community College.

Now Obaseki wants to encourage all bus drivers to spread kindness and happiness to their passengers - because he says one act of kindness can change a life.

"You guys have the opportunity to provide happiness all over the city. Just a positive disposition can help the next person be happier when he steps off the bus," says Obaseki. "I believe METRO is doing a great job. I hope you guys can take these words of encouragement and do something for the residents of Houston. I'm thankful for all the people who God put in along the way to help me."

#RideHoustonMETRO

METRO Rolls Out New Light-rail Cars

CAF montage

Houston just got a boost to its public transit with this morning’s launch of a new generation of light-rail cars that will give riders more room and more service.

Mayor Annise Parker, METRO Board Chairman Gilbert Garcia, METRO President & CEO Tom Lambert – along with other officials – gathered in the METRO lobby at 1900 Main for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the roll-out of six new CAF cars.

The new light-rail cars will allow METRO to stage double-car service most of the day from Monday through Friday, giving riders more space and frequency of service.

These H3 (CAF) cars join 19 H2 and 18 H1 Siemens cars already serving the Red Line (North Line).

More CAF vehicles will enter service in the coming weeks, leading to the April 2015 opening of the new Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast Line). METRO will have 76 light-rail cars in its fleet once the 39 CAF H3 vehicle delivery is complete.

In FY2014 ending Sept. 30, 2014, METRO recorded 12.8 million boardings on METRORail, and 122 million boardings since service began in  2004. 

Conroe Connection
 

Conroe Connection - exterior of new bus

Conroe residents are about to get their own fixed-route bus system.

Starting this month, buses will make five stops along Frazier Street, a busy route that links Loop 336's northern and southern sections, reports Houston Public Media (88.7 FM).

From 2010 to 2013, the population of Conroe increased by about 10 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. City officials are hoping this new transit service will ease traffic.

The 21-passenger buses will be low-floor kneeling buses, equipped with ADA ramps. The new service will be called Conroe Connection and will operate with federal and local funds.

Shawn Johnson, Conroe transportation manager, says newcomers want public transportation. He added that for many of the 22 percent of residents who live below the federal poverty level, their only options for getting around have been walking or taking a cab ride.

"One of the main indicators for us that gave us a lot of insight as to where to build and initiate the beginnings of our route was the foot paths from pedestrians walking," Johnson told Houston Public Media.  

The photo posted above is from the city of Conroe. #RideHoustonMETRO

Wonderful Weekend Events
 

Screen shot from movie "Diplomacy"

Some of you may still be on holiday, celebrating the new year. If you've got some leisure time this weekend, here are some fun events you and your family can enjoy. Leave the driving to METRO and arrive without parking problems.

Event: 2014 - The Year in Review. The Music Box Theatre greets the new year with music highlighting some favorite moments of 2014. You'll hear Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart," Gershwin's "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess, and the Beatles' "A Little Help from My Friends" sung Joe Cocker-style.

When: Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Music Box Theater, 2623 Colquitt.

Getting there:

Bus: 25 Richmond, 18 Kirby, 78 Alabama/Irvington

Event: Houston Monster Jam. If you're in the mood for a spectacular spectator sport, check out this event where more than a dozen giant trucks fly 30 feet in the air, hurling their way through a customized obstacle track. Each truck stands 12 feet high and weighs 10,000 pounds.

When: Saturday, Jan. 3, 7 p.m.

Where: NRG Stadium, Reliant Parkway.

Getting there:

Bus:  73 Bellfort Crosstown, 18 Kirby, 14 Hiram Clarke, 87 Sunnyside/TMC

METRORail: Take the Red Line (North Line) traveling southbound, exit at Reliant Park Station. You can park at Fannin South Park & Ride, then hop on the train.

Event: Diplomacy. Volker Schlondorff's latest film is part fiction, part fact. Seventy years ago, Hitler ordered Paris to be destroyed - including its famous landmarks: the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Here's the fiction: The Nazi commander charged with leveling the City of Lights and the Swedish Consul General negotiate long into the night, arguing and sparring on whether to bomb these landmarks. The photo posted above is from the film.

When: Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m.

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

Getting there:

Bus 34 Montrose Crosstown; 65 Bissonnet; 8 South Main; 1 Hospital; 60 South MacGregor.

METRORail: Board at DTC Center southbound to Museum District Station at Main & Ewing Street.

Check out the Google Trip Planner to get a customized route from your starting point.

Our New Year’s Gift to You

 

Ring in the new year and stay safe by riding METRO – free of charge.

Starting tonight at 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. tomorrow, you can hop on any local bus or METRORail and pay nothing. Safety is our No. One priority, so we’re offering you free rides tonight so you can enjoy your party and not worry about driving.

Our service for New Year’s Eve will follow regular published schedules. METRORail’s hours are extended until 2 a.m.

On New Year’s Day, here’s our schedule:

 

  • Local bus routes and METRORail operate on a Sunday schedule
  • No Park & Ride service
  • Customer Care Center is closed.
  • RideStore and Lost & Found are closed.

Enjoy your evening, stay safe and ride METRO. Happy New Year!

#RideHoustonMETRO

A Gift of Warmth to the Homeless

 

With temperatures dipping into the 40s at night, cold feet on a Houston street can be brutal.

Patricia Moon, a METRO bus operator, started collecting new pairs of socks for the homeless when she first noticed a homeless man on the street without socks. It touched her heart, and she began soliciting new socks from her co-workers.

METRO employees donate hundreds of pairs of socks – and scarves and hats for the children – every year now, and each item is  carefully wrapped.

Then Moon and her co-workers drive to parks, shelters and underpasses where they know the homeless congregate and spread a little holiday warmth with a new pair of socks.

“It is more blessed to give than to receive,” says Moon.

Learn more by listening to this report by Gail Delaughter of Houston Public Media (88.7  FM). #RideHoustonMETRO

METRO Partners with Megabus
 

Megabus and METRO partnership poster

If any of your friends are traveling on Megabus this holiday season, they may notice a kiosk inside the low-cost bus terminal at Pierce and Travis.    

METRO has formed a partnership with Megabus, offering patrons arriving in Houston a convenient way to get around the city on METRO.

A self-service kiosk with a built-in computer gives visitors a chance to tap in their destination and receive instant trip planning information. Megabus attendants will also have on hand METRO Day Passes for $3 to sell to clients. Only credit card transactions are accepted, no cash. A Day Pass offers unlimited train and bus trips for one day.

"People are taking Megabus because Megabus offers phenomenal deals, and METRO compliments that because we're also an affordable option," said Karen Marshall, director of Client Services.

#RideHoustonMETRO

Holiday Weekend Festivities & Taking METRO
 

Montage of events 

The last weekend before Christmas offers concerts, plays and family-friendly events. Here's a handful you can enjoy - including one just for kids.

Event: Mother and Child: Songs of Love and Joy. Enjoy Cantare Houston's performance surrounded by masterpieces at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  You'll hear Four Motets by Durufle and Magnificat by Clausen, along with works by Rachmaninoff and Willan. The concert ends with a group sing-a-long of Silent Night.

When: Saturday, Dec. 20; Sunday, Dec. 21; Monday, Dec. 22 7:30 p.m.

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

Getting there:

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

METRORail: Board at DTC Center southbound to Museum District Station at Main & Ewing Street

Event: A Soulful Christmas. A jubilant production of music and dance, the plot follows two grandchildren who use Grandpa's antique watch to travel back in time to when their grandparents met each other. . Trapped in the past, the youngsters work their way through time using various musical styles until they arrive back home in their beds on Christmas morning.

When: Through Sunday, Dec. 21

Where: Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St.

 Getting there:

Bus: 42 Holman Crosstown; 60 South MacGregor; 1 Hospital; 78 Alabama/Irvington; 9 North Main; 11 Almeda/Nance; 163 Fondren; 81 Westheimer-Sharpstown; 82 Westheimer-West Oaks; 5 Kashmere Gardens/Southmore; 25 Richmond; 52 Hirsch/Scott

METRORail: Take the Red Line, exit at HCC/Ensemble Station.

Event: Grinch's Holiday Workshop. Just before Santa arrives, take the little ones to this holiday festivity, an interactive experience based on Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Gallery walls wrapped in scenes from the book set the scene. Meet Cindy-Lou Who at the Who-ville holiday feast, old "Grinch Clause" and his oversized, interactive sleigh tied to his "Rein-Dog" Max.  

When: Through Monday, Jan. 5

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

Getting there:

Bus: 60 South MacGregor; 8 South Main; 1 Hospital; 65 Bissonnet; 11 Almeda/Nance; 34 Montrose Crosstown

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

Use the Google Trip Planner to find your specific bus from your starting point.

Our Holiday Bus and Rail Schedules
 

 

Christmas tree sketch on red backgroundAs 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

#RideHoustonMETRO

18-Wheeler Truck Knocks Out Power

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.

 

 

 

 

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