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Jul 27
Trains to Get Red, Blue Stripes

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Later this fall, expect to see more of our trains sporting bold red and blue stripes.

Today, the Board of Directors approved the authority spending $326,000 to add this colorful pattern on all our light-rail vehicles. This makeover is designed to make our steel-grey trains pop from the urban landscape and grab people's attention.

We want the trains to stand out so that pedestrians, bicyclists and cars can take notice – and be safer around these trains. Adding these stripes to our fleet – in addition to the 19 cars that already sport decals or a wrap – is one more way METRO wants everyone to stop, look, and listen when around trains. They are quiet, and if you are distracted with your smartphone or plugged in listening to music, you may not notice them.

We hope these red and blue decals will make our trains catch your eye – and keep you safer.

 

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$326,000 is a ridiculous amount of our taxes to spend on some colors for trains!  This has nothing to do with our safety. What a ridiculous waste of money.  Unbelievable!  If you want us to recognize the trains, which by the way is crazily designed to ride along cars on the same roads with cars, which is dangerous and so many people being killed by trains, you need to spend the money doing simple common sense things like building railings and gates at every corner along the train lines.  People can't notice the trains until it’s too late if there are none on many of the tracks. They should be same as major trains throughout the country with large street signs of rail crossings and large visible rails/gates that prohibit anyone from crossing when train is coming.  There are tiny lights sometimes flashing light that can hardly been seen and means nothing to anyone who is not familiar with your simple-minded system.  Also, Houston gets many visitors who also have no clue of that system. These are common sense things that any transportation system needs to be very clear to everyone regardless of whether they are Houstonians or not.  Large signs and lights with audible sounds of trains arriving and departing so that people can hear from a distance and definitely gates at every crossing is what’s desperately needed.  Not color of the trains. That's basic common sense. This city is not a child's playground, it's the fourth largest in the country yet it has uniquely inadequate public transportation.  Ever wonder why enough people do not ride? Please don't waste our hard earned TAX DOLLARS.  P.S.  Many people are amazed that Houston’s meager rail transport competes with the cars for the street.  Amazing. Dark ages?  This is the 21st century.
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  • System Account
 on 7/27/2017 8:16 PM

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Spending some color for train is a wasting. They should invest in public transportation in urban areas that most importan things rather than color a train. Since this is the four city of United States they should have a good public transportation there is no question. Being the fourth city in the do not have a good public transportation is so bad. In addition being the second state in united sates with good economics and do not have a good public transportation and also do not have opening jobs is so bad.  For those visit who want to know the city of Houston and around Houston and not having a good public transportation access is so bad. Since our government since the last govermnet in 2009 promise to built a good public transportation and we do not have any result in 2017 . It is so bad that government do not care about Houston publics transportation it is so bad that being a government do not have a good priorities to the first states and the large fourth city in United States. Right now investing this  in color is a wasting too. They should have a publics transportation around Houston and rail around Houston.  They is more things important they color the train. They should focus in built a rail and publics bus rather than colorful. I hope they improve in Houston public transportation very soon. Because Houston to be the large fourth city and the second state with a good economics need a good public transportation in all areas such  suburb and cities. We are  very behing from all nations in publics transportation. I HOPE HOUSTON IMPROVE SOON.  thanks
sincerely
HT
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  • System Account
 on 7/29/2017 12:34 PM

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Those decal-wraps obscure the vision of riders and make signs difficult to read.  Cute at first, Metro went overboard with the wraps and ignored making the riders' trips pleasant and scenic.
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  • System Account
 on 7/29/2017 3:07 PM

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Thank you for your feedback. Improvement of transit safety is a multi-faceted approach.  The train wrap initiative is just one step that METRO is taking in order to ensure the vehicles do not blend into the environment.  METRO has implemented other steps such as increasing the use of bells and horns as the trains enter an intersection/crosswalk, approach station platforms, etc.; a comprehensive safety assessment of the system and a traffic engineering study; installation of pavement markings/banners.  Additionally, there are multiple projects submitted for budget review/approval, or are pending executive and local government approval, such as the crossing gates mentioned, extended traffic arms; improved fencing along the alignment; and possibly dedicated lanes.  METRO continues to carefully evaluate potential safety improvements along the rail lines.
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  • System Account
 on 8/1/2017 1:53 PM

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