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Jun 23
Weekend Fun with METRO: June 23 - June 25

 

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

Hooray!  According to the calendar, it's officially summer.  Let's have some fun this weekend.  I'm suggesting a musical comedy, a festival and parade, and a brass band concert…something for each day of the weekend. 

You can travel to all of these events with METRO, so let the car have a much-needed rest while you enjoy our buses and trains.  You can save that gas-and-parking money, too, so the family can have outings every weekend.  Make this a summer that the kids will remember.  Don't forget to have them up for METRO's Summer of Fun Pass so they can ride free.  Use the Trip Planner to direct you, and you'll be on your merry way.

Event:  "Freaky Friday" I know, you've seen the basic premise before – parent and child magically switch bodies, and chaos ensues.  But you have to admit that it's a lot of fun; this musical version is new, and the kids will love it.  Didn't you ever wish you could trade your hardworking life for being a teenager again?  Hmmm.  Go to the website for tickets.

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

Where: Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave.

Getting there*:

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

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

Event:  Houston Pride Celebration.  Houston hosts the nation's fourth largest LGBT Pride festival and parade.  The free celebration centers at McKinney and Smith, and features headliner Leann Rimes, a family fun zone, and lots of music, food and beverages.  The evening parade wends its way through downtown on Smith, Walker and Milam to Jefferson.  Limited parade VIP tickets are available.

When: Saturday – Celebration from noon to 7 p.m., parade from 8:30 to 11 p.m.

Where: Downtown, McKinney and Smith

Getting there*:

Bus – 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk, 44 Acres Homes, 85 Antoine/Washington, 151 Westpark Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express

METRORail – Red Line (exit Main Street Square/walk 4 blocks), Purple Line (exit Theater District Capitol Station/walk 2-3 blocks)

Event:  Houston Brass Band.  I thought this was different and interesting – a group of musicians playing only brass instruments.  They're a British-style brass band, directed by the Assistant Trumpet Principal of the Houston Symphony, and have performed in all types of concert venues.  As a non-profit group, it stresses music education, community outreach and band camps, and holds competitions among young musicians.  See, you learned something new today.  Go see their performance, and then have dinner at a nice Midtown restaurant.  Tickets can be purchased online.

When: Sunday at 4 p.m.

Where: MATCH, 3400 Main St.

Getting there*:

Bus – 9 Gulfton/Holman

METRORail – Red Line (exit Ensemble Station)

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

 

 

Jun 21
Kick Off Summer with Free Rides

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Although we've been sweltering in our usual 90-degree heat for days now, today marks the official first day of summer, and we've got the best summer gift for the kids.

METRO is offering its Summer of Fun Pass – a pass that gives free rides to students from K through 12. The new METRO Summer of Fun Pass can take kids to all the cool places they may want to travel all summer – for free.

The pass looks just like our regular METRO Q®  Fare Card – but it's programmed to give free rides through Sept. 1. After that, kids can keep the card and load money on it – and they will get 50 percent off regular fares. The pass automatically converts to a Student METRO Q® Fare Card.

There are three ways to apply for the Summer of Fun Pass: online, by mail or in person at one of our RideStores at 1900 Main or 1001 Travis.

Get a pass, and bring your student with you on the bus or train. Check out our Google-powered Trip Planner to get specific buses or trains. Then leave the driving to us and enjoy the city in the summer – from concerts to parks to museums to restaurants.

METRO is your ticket to summer fun – and we'll get your student there for free.

 

Jun 19
Meet the Cycling Dude

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This is a guest post by Monica Russo, media specialist in the Press Office.

Kiril Kundurazieff steps off a bus at METRO's West Loop Transit Center, sporting a bright yellow cycling jersey. He's hard to miss, but that's exactly the point. Imprinted on his back in big, bold letters are the words, "3 FEET PLEASE," a reminder to share the road with him.

As he unloads his bicycle from the bus' bike rack, Kundurazieff proudly says he's never owned a car.

"I've relied on public transportation and my bike to get around my whole life. Growing up in southern California, I would take 30, 40, 50 and 60-mile bike rides, and I would use the bus to get me to my starting and ending points," he said.

Kundurazieff, who also goes by the moniker, "The Cycling Dude," moved to Houston in September 2012. He uses a variety of transportation options, including cycling, walking and public transit to get him from home to work and back.

In a city that was designed for cars, commuting by bike can have its challenges. "As a cyclist, you really do have to be careful and on-guard at all times. Often, drivers are oblivious to you," he says. "It's one reason why I really enjoy riding trails. I also enjoy nature."

One of those trails is the Brays Bayou Hike & Bike Trail, which begins near Braeburn Glen Park in Southwest Houston and meanders through the city, ending on the east side of town.

Kundurazieff credits METRO's revamp of its bus network in 2015 for making his commute easier. "The old system was especially tough for late-night and weekend transit users. I work nights and, although I'd like to see even later service, the new system gives me better frequency and later trips that it did before," he says.

Kundurazieff says it's great to see a citywide effort to better accommodate people who get around by other methods of transportation.

"I was really excited when I heard the Houston Bike Plan had passed,' he said. "Multi-use trails do abound, but I'd like to see more options where cyclists can safely share the road with motorists. I look forward to seeing what the future holds."

Want to learn more about Houston's Bayou Greenway Trails? Click here to see the Houston Parks Board's new interactive map. Remember, METRO can get you there. Bikes are always welcome on METRO buses and rail.

Jun 16
Weekend Fun with METRO: June 16 - June 18

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

This weekend's calendar includes Father's Day and Juneteenth, so there's lots of celebrating going on.  Event-wise, we truly have an "embarrassment of riches" in Houston this weekend, so it was difficult to pick just a few things to do.  In addition to what I've suggested, the ballet and the symphony are performing, there are special Father's Day events at Bayou Bend and the Children's Museum of Houston, and the zoo has "Bowling for Rhinos" (I love that name).

METRO's much like this weekend, in terms of offering you lots of choices.  With so many bus routes and light-rail stations, you can explore the whole service area and find a myriad of things to do and places to go.  Choose a place of interest, then check out our Trip Planner to tell you the best way to get there.  It's all out there waiting for you – enjoy!

Event:  "The World According to Snoopy."  Here's a revised version of the musical "Snoopy!!!" based on the "PEANUTS" comic strip by Charles Schulz.  The whole family will enjoy watching the beloved gang singing and dancing their way through "witty philosophies about love and life."  Purchase your tickets online.

When: Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Where: Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St.

Getting there*:

Bus – 32 Renwick/San Felipe (exit Travis & Rusk), 44 Acres Homes (exit Louisiana & Walker), 82 Westheimer (exit Travis & Rusk), 102 Bush IAH Express (exit Travis or Milam & Rusk), 160 Memorial City Express/161 Wilcrest Express/162 Memorial Express (exit Smith & Rusk)' 30 Clinton/Ella

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

Event:  Juneteenth Parade.  Start your Saturday with the annual Juneteenth Parade.  The parade, which is staged near the TSU gym, will march on Wheeler to Emancipation Ave. and on to Emancipation Park.  Expect to enjoy lots of music, marching bands, families and floats.  There will be an Emancipation Park Re-dedication Celebration following the parade from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with live music, vendors and other activities.

When: Saturday - Parade from 10 to 11 a.m., Re-dedication Celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Starting at TSU, 3100 Cleburne St., and ending at Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation Ave.

Getting there*:

To Emancipation Park

Bus - 9 Gulfton/Holman, 54 Scott 
To TSU -

Bus – 4 Beechnut

METRORail – Purple Line (exit Robertson Stadium/UH/TSU Station)

Event:  "Sgt. Pepper's at 50" It's been 50 years since the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album was released – my, how time flies.  Dad can sing along to musical group The Fab 40's free performance of that iconic music outdoors at Discovery Green.  If you're there earlier (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), you can bring electronics to recycle and the first 100 people to do so will win access to the VIP seating area for the performance.  The monthly Flea Market is also scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. also, so there's a lot going on at Discovery Green on Saturday.

When: Saturday, Flea Market 6-10 p.m., musical performance 8-10 p.m.

Where: Discovery Green Conservancy, 1500 McKinney St.

Getting there*:

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 15
Celebrate World Refugee Day

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Houston is home to more refugees than any other city in the nation. Since 1978, refugees forced to flee their homes have been rebuilding their lives here and contributing to our city.

This Saturday, we have a chance to learn more about our refugees and honor their courage and determination. Celebrate World Refugee Day from 4 to 7 p.m. on June 17 at Levy Park. It's located at 3801 Eastside St., just south of Richmond Avenue between Kirby Drive and Buffalo Speedway.

Bring the whole family to this free event. You'll be able to hear musicians, see dancers, explore a resource/artisan fair and sample foods from refugee and immigrant-owned restaurants.

METRO will be there with its Discover Bus. Climb aboard and learn about our many services, including how to use a METRO Fare Card. Apply for a free Summer of Fun Pass for all students, K-12th grade. This Summer of Fun Pass allows students to ride METRO free until Sept. 1.

For more ways to honor refugees, become an advocate for newcomers in your community with this toolkit, or take a free, online course to show you how to make friends or volunteer with refugees.

See you at Levy Park as we welcome neighbors, old and new. You can ride the bus to get there -  the 25 Richmond or the 84 Buffalo Speedway take you right to the park.

 

 

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