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Jan 21
METRONext Moving Forward

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You spoke. We listened.

We're coming back to you to share the draft long-range transportation plan created with your input. Please join us at 17 community meetings throughout the city. We'll show you a snappy video that explains how we're ready to transform how the region moves – with your input.

We know you want more transit in more places. Proposals include extending the Green and Purple Lines to Hobby Airport and the Red Line to North Shepherd; developing bus rapid transit, where buses travel in a lane exclusively for them; increasing bus service;  and building or improving  Park & Rides and transit centers.

Find a meeting convenient for you – and then join the conversation. We'll have brief remarks with the brief video and huge poster boards on exhibit for you to walk around at your leisure to read about the projects. So, whether you walk, roll, ride or drive, the next phase of the METRONext Moving Forward Plan has something for you.



 

Jan 17
Weekend fun with METRO: Jan. 18-21

 

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We've got a long, holiday weekend ahead, and if you're one of the lucky ones with four days off, we have some fun events to suggest  - two are free. Check out an opera sung in Spanish that tells the tale of a famous opera singer who returns home after 20 years of touring – and finds her true love. A free art exhibit features the work of an artist who drew inspiration from comic strips and embroidery.

Listen to some cool jazz by talented singer/songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello. And then on Monday, MLK Day, join the MLK Black Heritage Parade endorsed by the city. METRO will be there, and we're expecting some of our board members to be riding our antique bus.

Whatever you do this holiday weekend, step aboard our modern, clean buses or trains and let us take you to your destination. Go to the Google-powered Trip Planner to find your specific bus from your starting point. Then relax and enjoy the weekend, while you let METRO do the driving.

Event: "Florencia en el Amazonas" – In this homage to author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a legendary opera singer returns home after two decades of international touring. She reconnects with Cristobal, her true love she left behind years ago. Reality and fantasy blend as Florencia sails down the mysterious Amazon on a riverboat.  This opera premiered in 1996 with the Houston Grand Opera, the first Spanish-language opera commissioned by a major U.S. company.

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. (Runs through Feb. 3)

Where: Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave.

Getting there*:

METRORail: Green or Purple Lines – exit Theater District Station

Bus: 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 85 Antoine/Washington, 44 Acres Homes, 30 Clinton/Ella, 20 Canal/Memorial, 102 Bush IAH Express, 82 Westheimer

Event: "Nicolas Moufarrege: Recognize My Sign." The late Lebanese artist Nicolas Moufarrege was fascinated with embroidery and was inspired by comic strips, calligraphy, pop art and classical sculpture – and he incorporated all of that into his art. Free.

When: Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Runs through Feb. 17)

Where: Contemporary Art Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd.

Getting there*:

METRORail: Red Line – exit Museum District Station

Bus: 65 Bissonnet, 56 Airline/Montrose

Event: Meshell Ndegeocello. This jazz/R&B singer/songwriter/bassist illustrates her intimate and personal style by honoring artists who influenced her. Ndegeocello is best known as John Mellencamp's duet partner on the 1994 hit "Wild Night."

When: Saturday, 8 p.m. (Kitchen and bar open at 6 p.m., showroom doors open at 7 p.m.)

Where: Heights Theater, 339 W. 19th St.

Getting there*:

26 Long Point/Cavalcade, 40 Telephone/Heights, 27 Shepherd

Event: The 41st Annual "Original" MLK Jr. Parade & Holiday Festival. This event, sponsored by the Black Heritage Society and endorsed by the city of Houston, celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with marching bands and colorful floats, including METRO's antique bus. The parade will be followed immediately by a family-friendly festival, featuring popular and cultural cuisines, desserts, arts and crafts – and live music. Free.

When: Monday, Jan. 21 – 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Hermann Square in front of City Hall, Smith & Lamar

Getting there*:

METRORail: Green or Purple Lines – exit Theater District Station

Bus: 160 Memorial Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 85 Antoine/Washington, 44 Acres Homes, 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk, 102 Bush IAH Express, 82 Westheimer

*Routes suggested by Customer Service; individual needs may vary.

Jan 14
Why METRO needs to be your next employer

 

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If you're scanning the job market to choose your next career move, you'd be smart to choose METRO as your next employer.

We offer a friendly, stable environment with training to help you advance. We have 159 vacancies in Operations and are looking for experienced, skilled mechanics. We have openings for 38 bus mechanics. In fact, to make our hiring deal sweeter, we're offering incentives up to $3,000 for bus mechanics and incentives up to $4,000 for A/C and heat mechanics and collision repair mechanics.

We also need 45 bus operators who can drive those well-maintained buses. Starting pay is $15 an hour. You must be a high school graduate or obtain a GED within two years of hire. You should have three years of general work experience, including driving experience and customer service. Apply only if you are 21 years old or older.

Check out our Careers page to find all the positions available – from Customer Service liaison to traffic engineer to rail training instructor. We offer competitive pay; medical, dental and vision insurance; retirement and savings plan; paid vacation, sick days and holidays; an employee assistance program; wellness programs; advancement opportunities; and free transit for employees and spouses.

Apply here, and join our family of dedicated employees who love bringing transit to our region. If you have any friends or neighbors seeking a new career, pass the word.

Many of our employees like it so much here, they stay for decades, developing a career that helps them buy a house, send their kids to college and achieve their dreams.

 

 

Jan 10
Weekend fun with METRO: Jan. 11-13

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Start the new year by experiencing new things in the city. If your weekends have been
spent doing errands and then binging on Netflix, resolve to discover new places
this year. Explore the Asia Society of Texas museum and hear an artist talk
about her work. Check out new plays from African-American playwrights in a
reading series.

And for the youngsters, take them on a family-friendly ghost tour - right in the
heart of downtown.

Ride METRO to explore all these new places and things. We'll make it convenient and
economical for you to get around - plus, no worries on parking or texting while
driving. Use our Google-powered Trip Planner to find the
specific bus from your starting point.

Then go out and celebrate the new year with new places to go and things to do. If
you're near the Red Line, use your METRO Q® Fare Card to get discounts
at our Rider Rewards restaurants.

Event: Artist Talk: Tiffany Chung. Come meet
one of the artists of the current exhibition "New Cartographies." Tiffany
Chung uses cartographic techniques to engage in questions on international
conflicts and disasters and how they affect the people in those communities.
This is a wonderful chance to walk around this beautiful museum, built with
granite imported from Italy.

When: Saturday, 2 to 3:30 p.m. for the talk. Museum
weekend hours: Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Asia Society of Texas, 1370 Southmore Blvd.

Getting there*:

METRORail: Red Line - exit Museum District Station

Bus: 5 Southmore, 65 Bissonnet

Event: Fade to Black Reading Series.
Celebrating the new works of African-American playwrights, this festival is
H-town's first and only festival highlighting new works of black playwrights.
In the past seven years, the festival has produced plays of almost 80
playwrights.

When: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.

Where: MATCH Theatre - Matchbox 3, 3400 Main St.

Getting there*:

METRORail: Red Line - exit HCC/Ensemble Station

Bus: 9 Gulton/Holman, 82 Westheimer

Event: Houston Ghost Tour. Take a
walk through a haunted park - a family-friendly walk. By day, Hermann Park is
bustling with activity. By night, follow your guide and creep under archways,
down dark paths and tread over wooden bridges. Hear the history and ghost
stories of the park and surrounding areas. Free for kids ages five and under.

When: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where: Hermann Park, 6001 Fannin St. Starting
location is the Sam Houston statue.

Getting there*:

METRORail: Red Line - exit Hermann Park/Rice U

Bus: 56 Airline/Montrose

*Routes suggested by Customer Service; individual needs may vary.




 

Jan 07
Introducing METRO to college students

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METRO started the new year with a huge back-to-school event at HCC's international student orientation last Friday.

Several hundred students from around the world heard how METRO provides one of the best bargains in town with half-price fares (60-cents) for students on our local buses or trains. Students learned how to ride and how to use a METRO Q® Fare Card. They were instructed to go to the registrar's office where school officials were ready to issue the discounted fare cards.

METRO staff also introduced the enhanced METRO TRIP App with the My Stop technology, which causes one's phone to vibrate – and the vibration grows increasingly stronger – as one gets closer to one's bus stop.

"At METRO, we understand that our future riders are millennials. School orientations allow us to continue to deliver transit education and share success stories with new and existing students," said Danicel Whitaker, vice president of Ridership Services. "Making transit available and investing in millennials is vital to METRO – converting drivers to riders within the educational system is a critical component to future transit sustainability."

METRO has scheduled back-to-school events on how to ride METRO at UH-D, Rice University, and TSU in the coming weeks.

If you're headed back to school this semester, be sure to pick up your student fare card. You can apply online, by mail or in person at our RideStore at 1900 Main.  Then, save money and discover a convenient way to get around town.

 

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