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May 20
METRO tackles traffic

Find out how METRO kept traffic rolling during Houston's major events – from two Super Bowl games to the World Series parade.

Ramona Crayton, senior Public Affairs representative, explains how METRO transports tens of thousands of people to these events – smoothly and efficiently. Watch this short video below.

 


We're celebrating METRO's 40th anniversary all year with videos highlighting how we help move our region. Catch them on our You Tube channel. 


May 16
Weekend events with METRO: May 17-19

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Explore three vastly different worlds while you stay in town – from a virtual reality experience of the future to an outdoor night market for bargain-hunting.

Wherever you go for your leisure activities, take METRO. We'll get you there efficiently while you relax, text and let us worry about stop-and-go traffic. Download our METRO Trip app to find the exact schedules you need.

Event: "Momoko Seto: Planet." Experience this dystopian tale by Japanese filmmaker and artist Seto. In this futuristic scenario, nature has gone wild and invaded the Earth. This short film uses virtual reality to depict the restoration of life in a post-human landscape. This will change the way you look at our world, plants and animals. Free.

When: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, 6100 Main St.

Getting there*:

METRORail: Red LIne - exit Hermann Park/Rice University

Bus: 84 Buffalo Speedway, 27 Shepherd

Event: "Flea by Night." Get off the couch and take the family on a treasure hunt at this unique nighttime market in downtown Houston. It features artful kitsch, vintage items, mid-century modern furniture and repurposed items by local artisans. Free.

When: Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St.

Getting there*:

METRORail: Green and Purple Lines – exit Convention District Station

Bus: 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk

Event: "Pipeline." Playwright Dominique Morisseau unwraps the tale of an inner-city public high school teacher committed to her students but determined to give her only son a chance his peers will never have. When a crisis occurs at his private school and threatens to get him expelled, the son must deal with his rage and the mother with her own choices.

When: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.  (Runs through June 2).

Where: The Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St.

Getting there*:

METRORail: Red Line – exit Ensemble/HCC Station

Bus: 9 Gulfton/Holman, 11 Almeda, 25 Richmond, 54 Scott, 82 Westheimer

 

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

 

 


May 13
Students design winning bus shelter

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 A winning team of science and engineering students from Aldine Independent School District designed a bus shelter METRO intends to build in the district.

Aldine ISD and METRO collaborated in the design contest to enhance the district's STEM program – science, technology, engineering and math. Hundreds of students researched and created bus shelter prototypes, using 3-D design software and printers. Teams submitted detailed scopes, along with construction materials, tasks and itemized budgets.

Eisenhower High School's design team emerged as the winner over eight finalists who presented their projects to METRO staff.

"All of the teams articulated their concepts very well and followed the guidelines we gave them, and it was difficult picking just one winner," said Roberto Trevino, executive vice president of Planning, Engineering and Construction. "We could tell all the teams worked hard on their project and presentation."

The teams were judged on presentation skills, creativity, design concept, budget, 3-D printed model and teamwork. Eisenhower High School's design captured the judges' attention with its sleek, curved structure that offered enhanced seating and a solar panel which powered lighting.Space City Shelter_3D.jpg

Aldine ISD officials said this project offered invaluable opportunities to use a variety of academic skills. "Bringing all these subjects together in a real-world scenario makes learning an interactive experience," said Bradley Kaplan, a learning specialist at Aldine ISD. "When students are actively learning, they're engaged and motivated. It's a type of learning that stays with them for life."

Tom Lambert, METRO president & CEO, said he was thoroughly impressed with the students' designs.

"We intend to build the winning team's shelter in the Aldine ISD area and incorporate elements of each of the bus shelter concepts presented," said Lambert. "The best part will be involving the students in the construction process."


May 10
Weekend fun with METRO: May 10-12

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It's Mother's Day weekend – and we have a fabulous line-up of activities moms would enjoy.  If your own mom's not around, maybe you have a friend who's a mother – take her out and pamper her with a well-deserved treat. All parents appreciate being recognized for what's arguably the hardest job in the world.

Wherever you go, ride METRO. Download our METRO TRIP app to find the exact bus and real-time bus arrivals. If you're unfamiliar with our system, check out our Ridemetro app – a one-stop app that tells you how to ride or buy a ticket from your smartphone.

To all moms everywhere, Happy Mother's Day from METRO!

Event: Rachmaninoff's The Bells. Edgar Allan Poe's poetry inspired Rachmaninoff's dramatic choral symphony that conveys a range of moods. Also, on this special Mother's Day weekend program, listen to the jazzy rhythms of Gershwin and the powerful energy of Prokofiev as George Li, International Tchaikovsky Competition silver medalist, brings his magic to the keyboard.

When:  Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St.

Getting there*:

METRORail: Red Line – exit Theater District Station

Bus: 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 85 Antoine/Washington; 44 Acres Homes, 30 Clinton/Ella, 82 Westheimer; 102 Bush IAH Express, 32 Renwick/San Felipe

Event: Comicpalooza. Keep mom young by taking her to Houston's biggest pop culture festival of the year. From celebrity guests such as Emilia Clarke, known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen, the mother of dragons on "Game of Thrones," to John Barrowman from "Doctor Who," you'll get to see the legends. There's also the popular Cosplay competition on Saturday night and a Kid's Cosplay on Sunday afternoon.

When: Convention: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Exhibit hall: Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas

Getting there*:

METRORail: Green and Purple Lines – exit Convention District Station

Bus: 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk. The following routes require a bit more walking: 6 Jensen/Greens, 11 Almeda/Lyons, 51 Hardy-Kelly, 52 Hardy-Ley, 137 Northshore Express

Event: Boats and books. Take mom to for a leisurely kayak ride around Kinder Lake. Rentals are $5 and provided by Bayou City Adventures. Combine the boating with relaxing "Sunday in the Park" activities, where you'll hear music, enjoy lawn games and browse through books at the Houston Public Library's outdoor reading room.  

When: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – kayaking; "Sunday in the Park," 3 to 5 p.m. 

Where: Discovery Green Conservancy, 1500 McKinney

Getting there*:

METRORail: Green and Purple Lines – exit Convention District Station

Bus: 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk

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

 

 


May 09
METRO doing emergency rail repairs


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METRO is performing emergency repairs on portions of METRORail to address potential hazards involving overhead electrical wires. 

The following portions of the rail are shut down: 

Red Line: Between UH-Downtown and Northline Transit Center/HCC stations

Green Line: Between Theater District and Magnolia Park Transit Center stations

Purple Line: Between Theater District and Palm Center Transit Center stations

Free bus shuttles will be running along the Green, Purple and Red lines every 12 minutes to provide uninterrupted service for customers. The bus shuttles will run until Friday, May 17, start of service. We’ll have friendly staff along the rail to guide you and make sure you board the right bus. 

Rail service along the Red Line between UH-Downtown and Fannin South is not impacted. About two-thirds of our customers travel along this portion of the rail line.  

Two wire breaks near the Burnett Bridge along the Red Line and near the intersection of Dallas and Scott streets occurred recently. This involved live electrical wires, which could pose a potential risk to the general public. 

“METRO’s top priority is safety and any potential hazard is unacceptable,” said Tom Lambert, METRO president and CEO. 

During this shutdown, wires at 79 locations will be reinforced to prevent them from falling if there’s another break. A longer-term solution is being evaluated. 

“Unfortunately, this is not an issue that is visible, and we don’t know there is a problem until a break occurs,” said Lambert. “So, we are doing everything necessary to take corrective action now.”

We expect it will take about a week to complete repairs. Rail service will be restored incrementally as that becomes possible. 

In the meantime, please allow extra travel time to reach your destination - and thanks for your patience. 


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