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Aug 22
Summer of Fun Tour with Raini Continues

Actress/singer Raini Rodriguez continues her summer of fun in Houston at the Downtown Aquarium – and you can see the same sights with your free Summer of Fun Pass.

Even though school has started for some students, summer's still going strong. There's still time for all students – kindergarten through 12th grade – to get their Summer of Fun Pass and discover cool places. On this stop, Raini explores ocean fun where you can see a 17th-century sunken ship, an underwater Mayan civilization and a rain forest.

Getting there is easy on METRO. For students, it's free through Sept. 1 with a Summer of Fun Pass. After that, keep the pass and load money on it. You'll be able to ride at 50 percent of the regular fare.

Once you get your Summer of Pass, snap a selfie and post it on social media to  enter our Summer of Fun contest until Aug. 31.

 

Aug 21
METRO Offers Back-to-School Hours

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Today's the first day of school for many students - a day of anticipation for many youngsters and a day of rejoicing for many parents who view this as a national holiday.

METRO wants to make going back to school easier for your students with extended RideStore hours.

Today and all this week, the RideStore will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can come in and get a student METRO Fare Card that allows you to load it with money – and then charges your student 50 percent off the regular fare every time your student rides.

On Saturday, Aug. 26, the RideStore will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 26, the RideStore will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you're a college student, you must bring the following:

  • A government-issued ID
  • A class schedule and fee receipt, or letter on school letterhead, verifying you are a full-time student.

Students from kindergarten through 12th grade must show one of the following: a current student ID, enrollment form, or a report card.

So come by the RideStore and pick up one of the best bargains in town – a student Q Card. You can also apply online or complete this form by mail.

Aug 18
Weekend Fun with METRO: August 18 - August 20

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

This week's recommendations involve thrills and chills.  We have a Broadway show with the plot of a heroine in danger, a free movie in which we're all saved from ghosts and other supernatural beings, and a peaceful bayou cruise that might possibly include the sight of a basking alligator or – oh, no – even a rogue turtle.  Okay, maybe I need a vacation.

Using METRO can help you avoid the thrills and chills of driving in Houston traffic (how's that for a segue?).  You never know what perils you'll discover in getting from one place to another and trying to park your car.  Feel secure in the knowledge that the Trip Planner will find the bus or rail route that you need, then sit back and enjoy the ride.  There are no alligators riding METRO.  Have a terrific weekend!

Event: "The Bodyguard."  This is the only weekend to experience the touring Broadway musical based on the hit film of the same name.  Romance, danger, and a lot of great songs ensue when a former Secret Service agent is hired to protect a superstar from a stalker.  The matinee performance on Saturday is open-captioned, and the Sunday matinee is audio-described.  Purchase your tickets online.

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

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

Getting there*:

Bus – 30 Clinton/Ella (exit Capitol & Bagby), 40 Telephone/Heights (exit Bagby & McKinney), 44 Acres Homes (exit Capitol & Bagby), 85 Antoine/Washington (exit Smith & Rusk), 160 Memorial City Express (exit Smith & Rusk), 161 Wilcrest Express (exit Smith & Rusk), 162 Memorial Express (exit Smith & Rusk)

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

Event: Twilight Tour on Buffalo Bayou.  Take a 30-minute boat ride to escape from the city and enjoy the sights along Buffalo Bayou.  Ah…cool breezes, birds, fish, turtles, and you might even see an alligator enjoying the evening with you.   No reservations are taken for these tours; they're first come, first served.  Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-12, and cash only payment is collected when you board.

When: Saturday, 6-8:30 p.m. (last tour departs at 8 p.m.)

Where: Sabine Promenade, 150 Sabine St.

Getting there*:

Bus – 30 Clinton/Ella (exit Memorial & Houston), 44 Acres Homes (exit Memorial & Houston)

Event: "Ghostbusters" Who doesn't love "Ghostbusters?"  I never tire of this movie.  See it again for free on the giant screen at Main Street Square, and spend the evening talking along with all the dialog you've heard a thousand times.  You can enjoy food truck refreshments, and the Downtown District even provides chairs. 

When:  Saturday at 8 p.m.

Where: Main Street Square, 1000 Main St.

Getting there*:
Bus – 6 Jensen/Greens (exit Fannin & Lamar), 11 Almeda/Lyons (exit Fannin & McKinney), 32 Renwick/San Felipe (exit Travis & Lamar), 40 Telephone/Heights (exit McKinney & Main), 41 Kirby/Polk (exit McKinney & Main), 52 Hardy-Ley (exit Fannin & McKinney), 82 Westheimer (exit Travis & Lamar), 102 Bush IAH Express (exit Milam & McKinney), 137 Northshore Express (exit Fannin & McKinney), 413 Greenlink Orange (exit Lamar & Main)

METRORail – Red Line (exit Main Street Square Station), Green Line (exit Central Station Rusk), Purple Line (exit Central Station Rusk)

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

 

 

Aug 17
Actress Raini Continues Summer of Fun Tour

Disney Actress Raini Rodriguez continues her summer of fun tour in Houston by relaxing at the green – Discovery Green, where you can find kayaking, concerts, and eateries nearby.

Getting there is a breeze, especially with your Summer of Fun Pass. This pass offers all students from kindergarten through 12th grade unlimited free rides on METRO's system, including local buses, trains and Park & Ride.

So hurry and a get your Summer of Fun Pass. It's good till Sept. 1. After that, it converts to a student METRO Q® Fare Card. You can load money on it and ride for half price.

Be sure to enter our contest by submitting a photo of you riding METRO. Cool prizes include Beats headphones and an Apple watch.

Aug 17
"Go Astros" Shuttles Today

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It's been an exciting season for the Houston Astros, making the home games more attractive to attend. But that can mean increased downtown traffic during afternoon commutes.

Now METRO is offering "Go Astros" shuttles from 4 to 6 p.m. today. The shuttle will run along Congress between La Branch and Main and offer you direct service from your regular bus stops to select local bus and Park & Ride routes.

Click here to see the specific routes that the shuttles will serve.

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