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Jun 22
Weekend fun with METRO: June 22-24

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

The weather forecast says that this rain should be gone by Friday, so it's safe for us to plan some outdoor activities.  I've got two fun outdoor events for you this weekend – playing in the snow at the zoo and a free movie on a giant outdoor screen.  I said the rain would be gone; I didn't say anything about snow – but that's expected only at the zoo.  If you don't feel like taking your chances with inclement weather, the Alley Theatre's new play opens this weekend, and it looks very intriguing.

Sometimes the weather's not very dependable around here, but if you plan your travels with public transit, you know you can depend on METRO to get you where you're going.  The Trip Planner will guide you to the right routes and times for your needs.  Be sure that all the kids are enrolled in the Summer of Fun program so they ride free until September 1, and save your money for the activities I'll suggest every weekend.  It's definitely summer now – get out there and make it memorable.

Event: Evening Chill: Snowin' in the South.  It's the first weekend of Evening Chill at the zoo, and they're making it snow!  The zoo will be open until 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday from this weekend through Aug. 18.  The animals are more active in the cooler evening weather, and there will be added music and fun family activities.  Later hours and extra fun is included in your admission fee.  You can save $4 on admission for one visit by ordering a ticket online and arriving after 4 p.m.  This weekend, not only can you make snowmen and snow angels, you can learn how the zoo is helping to save animals here in Texas.

When: Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr.

Getting there*:

Bus – 56 Airline/Montrose

METRORail – Red Line (exit Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station)

Event: Holmes and Watson.  It's opening weekend for the Alley's new play, and everyone loves a Sherlock Holmes story (well, I do…).  Three patients in an asylum are claiming to be Sherlock Holmes, but Watson knows he died three years ago at Reichenbach Falls.  Is one of these men really Holmes?  Watson is determined to find out.  Buy your tickets online, and discover the truth.  Something else for all you Sherlockians – the Houston Museum of Natural Science is hosting "The International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes" through September 30, and I hear from a trusted source that it's well worth experiencing.

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

Where: Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave.

Getting there*:

Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine/Washington, 102 Bush IAH Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express

METRORail – Green and Purple lines (exit Theater District Station)

Event: Despicable Me 3.  The whole family will love a free, outdoor movie on the giant screen – it's Despicable Me 3 at Discovery Green.  Bring your blankets and chairs; food and beverages can be purchased.  Come early for photo booth pictures, face painting, coloring and chalk art – and free cookies while they last.

When: Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (activities), 8:30 to 10 p.m. (movie)

Where: Discovery Green Conservancy, 1500 McKinney St.

Getting there*:

Bus –  6 Jensen/Greens, 11 Almeda/Lyons, 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk, 51 Hardy-Kelley, 52 Hardy-Ley, 137 Northshore Express

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

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

 

Jun 21
Two more reasons to love your Q Card

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We're giving you two more reasons to love your METRO Q® Fare Card.

We've just made our Rider Rewards program more robust by adding two new restaurants that will give you discounts – simply by showing your Q Card.

When you discover these businesses along the rail, you can reward yourself. Show any valid METRO fare item and receive a discount.

SeaSide Poke on Lamar Street offers a 10 percent discount on a bowl. Poke is a raw fish salad in Hawaiian cuisine that has evolved into a main dish using fish such as salmon and albacore, along with a variety of toppings, such as avocado and seaweed salad. SeaSide sources its ingredients locally.

From the Downtown Transit Center, you can take 52 Hardy-Ley northbound, exit at San Jacinto and Dallas, then transfer to the free 412 Greenlink circulator shuttle going eastbound. Hop off at Dallas and Avenida de las Americas.

Or use our Google-powered Trip Planner to find the best route to get to there from wherever you are.

If you prefer meat to fish, try the latest burger eatery to offer METRO riders a discount. Village BBQ offers 10 percent off on all meals. Located on Main Street in the Texas Medical Center, Village BBQ has recently reopened and is ready to serve hamburgers, breakfasts, grilled sandwiches, tortilla rolls and salads.

To get to Village BBQ, just hop on the Red Line and exit at Dryden/TMC Center.

Check out all the restaurants, museums and shops that are offering a discount to all METRO customers. Ride METRO – and get rewarded.

 

Jun 20
Go ahead and break up: We'll save you money

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Today and tomorrow, if you get a new METRO Q® Fare Card, we'll give you a METRO Money card. Or if you already have a Q Card, bring a friend and help him or her get one. You'll both receive  a free METRO Money card . 

We are helping  you break up with your vehicle and start, or continue, your relationship with METRO. Even if you ride METRO only one day a week, it will help save you money on fuel, prevent wear-and-tear on your vehicle, and you'll be doing  your part to help shrink your carbon footprint. Click here to calculate your fuel savings.

Today, meet us at Discovery Green until 1 p.m. to pick up a Q Card and load $5 on it to get free METRO Money. Tomorrow, we’ll be at Fannin South Transit Center from 6 to 9 a.m. and the Southwest Multi-Service Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Or just swing by the RideStore at 1900 Main today and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We’ll help make dumping the pump a sweet deal for you. 

Watch this short clip featuring our Marketing staff on breaking up. Then comment below and tell us how you're breaking up and riding METRO!


 


Jun 19
Pride safely

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This is a guest post by Brent Taylor, a social media specialist with METRO.

Happy Pride! June is LGBT Pride Month across the country, and locally, the Pride Houston event is not to be missed. The free event on Saturday is open to the public, and tickets are not necessary. Walking, cycling, or catching a bus near a large event like this can be challenging, so we have a few tips to make it easier for everyone.

If attending the celebration:

  • Know the rules. If you try to bring in a cooler, bicycle, or bottle of booze, you'll be leaving with less than you came with.  
  • Remember how you got there. Take note of the nearest intersection of where you arrived via bus, rideshare, or on foot. Many smartphones will allow you to "drop a pin" there so you can easily find your way back.
  • Stay hydrated! This is Texas in the summer – there are plenty of beverage stations where water is available. Even though the parade is in the evening, high temperatures and humidity can be a dangerous combination.

If you're in the festival area:

  • Expect some delays. Buses will be detoured, streets will be closed, and traffic will be heavy. Make a plan before leaving.
  • Be patient. Not everyone is used to dealing with these events, and may not make the best decisions on the road. Give everyone as much space as you can, and don't let minor offenses get the best of you.
  • Have fun! Even without attending, there is excitement in the air around these celebrations. Enjoy it!Brentmoji.jpg
Jun 18
Breaking up is hard

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We all know that breaking up can be painful.

Starting tomorrow, METRO is helping you break up with your car and start a new relationship – with us!

From Tuesday, June 19, through Thursday, June 21, register a new METRO Q® Fare Card with at least $5, and earn free METRO Money.

Already have a Q Card? Bring a buddy who gets a new Q Card, and both of you will receive free METRO money.

We'll be popping up at locations around town, including Memorial City Mall, Discovery Green and Fannin South Transit Center. Click here to see hours and locations.

Riding METRO is an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint and increase your savings in fuel. You'll also save money in parking fees. Check out our fuel savings calculator to see exactly how much extra money you can pocket by taking METRO.

June 21 is the 13th Annual  National Dump the Pump Day, when the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and transit agencies across the nation will celebrate ditching a car and using public transportation instead.

If you live in a two-person household, you can save an average of more than $10,160 a year by downsizing to one car, according to APTA


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