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Feb 19
The Freedom of Going Car-less

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When my good friend told me she had ditched her car after it was totaled while parked on a side street, I was surprised. She could easily have afforded to buy a new car, but instead, she had chosen to ride public transit for the past year and was loving it.  This was in Washington, D.C., where public transportation is more robust than here.

But can a person survive in sprawling Houston without a car?

In the next video, you'll meet a man who chooses to get around town without a car. The piece was produced by media specialist Jackie Gil of the METRO Press Office.

Meet Dominique and get inspired.

 

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Wow Metro is taking me places and I am loving it.  Car-free is awesome and it's my Freedom to explore.  I challenge you to try and go Car-free for one day or a week and experience the joy of it all.  Metro Rocks!!!!
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 on 2/19/2018 3:01 PM

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I'd like to see an honest video, talking about how it takes 2 hours to get from one side of town to the other. And how most people can't rely on the trains because it doesn't go where they need to, and how some bus routes (like the 5) only run once an hour and end service too early while trains and other buses run minutes apart almost all night and are mostly empty.
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 on 2/19/2018 4:26 PM

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Well Mr. Julio the local bus that I ride is just down the street where I live and it takes me less than an hour to get to my Job.  I live in the Meadowbrook area and I work at UHD in the downtown area and I am loving it.  I also, at times take the Monroe Park and Ride and that is even faster for me to get to work.  So, I don't understand why you would think I was not being honest.  I do this Monday thru Friday and loving it.  Or I take the number #5 which I catch at 6:04 a.m. off Old Galveston Road get off at the Palm Center Metro Rail and take it into the Central Station at Capital Street and I get there around 7:00 a.m. and ride my bike to UHD campus so yes this is real as it can get and very honest of me to share with you because I do this everyday I have to go to work.  If you would like to join me in my adventure that I have everyday doing this I would be more than happy to let you follow me.  Yes nothing is perfect but I do get where I need to on the #5 and the Metro rail.
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 on 2/20/2018 12:01 PM

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Julio this is real as it can get and very honest of me to share with you because I do this everyday I have to go to work. If you would like to join me in my adventure that I have everyday doing this I would be more than happy to let you follow me, Julio, mr Dominique Dominguez. There I fixed your comment for you. Follow in the real world that lies outside Metro's red or blue network. The green has seen shorter running hours and have multiple transfers that were not necessary until METRO switched to the system we have now.
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 on 2/21/2018 1:40 AM

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I'm a Metro employee and I ride my bicycle and catch the bus everyday to work.   I have no regrets  for catching the bus  cross town to work.  I take the 162 (4:55am  Memorial @ Dairy Ashford) to Downtown Transit Center, transfer to the 11 get off at Wayside and I10.  I ride my bicycle rest of the to work.  I have to be at work at 6am.  It takes me about 90 mins to get to work, not  bad for a morning commute.
#Go Metro
#Car-less
#Freedom
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 on 2/21/2018 8:48 AM

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We appreciate these comments and the conversations they have sparked.  These stories illustrate what's happening with mobility in the region and we want to showcase them. This video series is one of my favorites because I get to meet people full of life, just like Dominique.  I am still looking for more people who choose to walk, bike, vanpool, carpool, and ride mass transit instead of using a personal vehicle.  Simply connect with us through this blog or our social media channels if you want to tell us your story.

Also, METRO is putting together a vision for a regional transit plan that puts the community in the driver's seat.  Read more about METRONext and be a part of that conversation here: http://metronext.org/.

Find more stories check out our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/METROHou.
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 on 2/21/2018 1:01 PM

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Leonard good for you. But you are comparing Apples to Oranges. You always had to transfer your rides to get to work. Julio did not before the new switchover. And for Dominique Dominguez, he likes to take the scenic route most days as he states. The Monroe Park and Ride drops him off at the overpass that is UHD. He only has to walk one block. Before he would take the 40 and exit Main and catch the Rail which dropped him at the doorstep of UHD. So lets not pretend everything is rosy when the Green Zone sees less buses and less passenger miles than before. The Green Zone also saw a decrease in the hours ran. Not all Green routes but enough to make it difficult. What use does it make if the Train runs till 2AM if your Green Zone bus stops running before midnight or even earlier.
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 on 2/22/2018 3:02 AM

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Rick no I have options like a stated before:   Option one was the Monroe Park and Ride with is about two miles from my home so I would ride my bike to that location and get dropped off at Travis street and then ride my bike to 320 N Main Marilyn Davies College of Business. Option 2 which I am looking so forward on doing again pretty soon which is Ride my bike from Home to the Magnolia Green Line Metro Rail Station which about 6 to 7 miles from home.  I take Old Galveston Road to Lawndale and then turn on Evergreen Street to ride thru Magnolia Park then the bike trails that lead right to the Magnolia Green Line Metro rail hope on in with Shelby and it drops me off at the Central Station at Capital.  Then ride my bike to UHD 320 N Main and I love this route I can get my exercise in.  The third option is riding the local bus off Old Galveston Road the #5 bus put Shelby on the bike rack and get off at the Palm Center Metro Rail station and hope on it to the Central Station area and ride my bike to UHD 320 N Main.  So, I have several options that I can choose from.  As you stated that it drops me off at the overpass at UHD that is not correct It drops me off at Travis street.  I do wish that the Green line Metro Rail would go further than the Magnolia Transit Center but I have been vocal on requesting that if could go all the way down Old Galveston Road that would be awesome for us Meadowbrook peeps.  All I know is that I have several options and I do use them all The Red Line, Green Line and Purple line, The Local Bus and the Park and Ride and I am loving it.  I know nothing is perfect but we need to be vocal in requesting that our area be updated when it comes to the Metro services offers I totally agree with you.  It so happens yesterday I took the Redline to Wheeler to catch the #5 and when I got there it was just taking off and I ran to try to stop the bus drive a Lady she stopped and she could have let me in but she decided not to and signaled for me to wait for the other bus which doesn't come back again until one hours.  I was upset and I called and complained about the situation and they gave me a case number.  I strongly feel that was not good customer service on her part.  I then took the Red line back to Rusk street where I could catch the purple line to take me to the Palm Center area and I waited until 2:26 to catch the #5 to take me home.  So, from Wheeler it was 1:00 p.m. where she would not let me in and until 2:26 me thinking fast and hoping right back on the Red Line to get to the Palm Center made me a little angry that she felt that she had to say not to me.  Unacceptable customer service.  But I will not let one person steal my joy from me and just keep on riding to where I need to get to.  But, Metro please look into this issue I have yesterday at 1:00 p.m. Bus #5 and I did not get the bus number.  More training is needed for bus drivers to be more customer service oriented.  I know they have to deal with a lot of people on a regular basis but they should be aware on how they treated their customers. They also need to remember that without customers they would not have a job.   If you need to get a hold of me Jackie Gil has my number and I would be more than happy to discuss with you the incident.
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 on 2/22/2018 9:40 AM

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