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Dec 15
Weekend Fun with METRO - Dec. 15 - 17

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

Did everyone enjoy the snow last week?  I wouldn't mind another little snowfall like that, maybe on Christmas Eve.  For this weekend's activities, I'm suggesting some classical holiday music, some not-so-classical music at an innovative music/art festival, and a free Chanukah celebration at Discovery Green.  I'll bet you're busy now, too, with school holiday events and gatherings with family and friends.

Here at METRO, we're getting into the holiday spirit, and we're ready to help you go everywhere you want to go during this festive period.  Just type the addresses from/to where you want to travel into the Trip Planner, and go, go, go.  Don't forget that all the kids travel at half price with the student METRO Q® Fare Card – just another bonus of using public transportation.  Have a terrific weekend!

Event: Day for Night.  This innovative festival presents a mix of popular and fringe music, art installations and talks by performers, in an indoor/outdoor venue.  Musical headliners include Nine Inch Nails, Thom Yorke, Solange, and Justice – the list of acts is long – and dozens of art installations are scattered throughout the three-stage area.  You can buy food and beverages there, too.  I can't begin to tell you everything that's going on there this weekend, so check out the website.  Passes can be purchased online.

When: Friday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2 a.m.

Where: Barbara Jordan Post Office, 401 Franklin St.

Getting there*:

Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 48 Market, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine/Washington, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express

Event: Handel's "Messiah."  It's not Christmas unless you've heard Handel's "Messiah," and the Houston Symphony's performance of this work is a true holiday tradition.  Conductor Paul Agnew will lead the chorus, soloists and orchestra through this Baroque masterpiece to the final "Hallelujah."  Tickets can be purchased online.

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

Where: Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St.

Getting there*:
Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 44 Acres Homes, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine/Washington, 102 Bush IAH Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 413 Greenlink Orange

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

Event: "Chanukah at Discovery Green." Celebrate Chanukah with arts and crafts, face painting, a balloon artist, food vendors, discount-priced ice skating, and live entertainment from Eli Marcus and Judah the Maccabee.  All children will receive Chanukah gifts.  Admission is free, and there's a form on the website to reserve the discounted skating tickets.

When: Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.

Where: Discovery Green Conservancy, 1500 McKinney St.

Getting there*:

Bus – 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk

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

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

 

 


Dec 14
Two Eateries Offer Discounts

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Just in time for the holidays, two restaurants have joined METRO's Rider Rewards programs – and that means savings for you, while you enjoy south-of-the-border dishes.

Simply show your METRO Q® Fare Card and receive a 10 percent discount on all orders at Brothers Taco House on Dowling and at La Calle on Franklin Street.

La Calle describes itself as serving authentic Mexico City street food of tacos and tortas from a Mexico City native.

Brothers Taco House, located in the East End, offers a buffet-style taco stand until early afternoon. Its handmade tortillas brim with freshly cooked fillings.

Check out our other partners that give discounts to METRO Q® Fare Card holders. You can save money at museums, restaurants and even the zoo.

Buen provecho – and happy holidays!


Dec 13
Celebrate New Year's Eve Safely

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New Year’s Eve is traditionally the blow-out gala of the year, with people celebrating by eating, drinking and being merry. 

It’s also marked by late nights/early mornings in order to ring in the new year. METRO wants you to be safe, so we’re offering free rides on our system. 

That means you can hop on any local bus or METRORail train from 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve - Dec. 31 - all the way till  6 a.m. New Year’s Day - for complimentary, unlimited rides. METROLift is also offering free rides. 

On New Year’s Day, after 6 a.m., normal fares apply. 

If you’ve never experienced METRO before, try us out. Check out the Google-powered Trip Planner to find out your specific bus or train to your destination. 

Then have a very happy holiday - and celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with a free ride.




Dec 12
Christmas and New Year's Holiday Schedules

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It's the holiday season, and you may be running more errands or attending special festivities. If so, please be aware of our holiday schedules.

Saturday, Dec. 23:

  • Local buses and rail run on a Saturday schedule.
  • No Park & Ride

Sunday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve:

  • Local buses and rail run on a Sunday schedule.
  • No Park & Ride

Monday, Dec. 25 – Christmas Day:

  • Local buses and rail run on a Sunday schedule.
  • No Park & Ride

Saturday, Dec. 30:

  • Local buses and rail on a Saturday schedule
  • No Park & Ride

Sunday, Dec. 31 (New Year's Eve):

  • Local buses run on a Sunday schedule.
  • METRORail runs on a Saturday schedule.
  • No Park & Ride

Monday, Jan. 1 – New Year's Day

  • Local buses and rail operate on a Sunday schedule.
  • No Park & Ride

For holiday hours at our Lost & Found and Customer Care Center, click here.

Enjoy the holiday season as you observe traditions and connect with friends and family – and be sure to take METRO to avoid traffic gridlock and parking woes. Leave the driving to us, and party on.

 

Dec 11
Fall Asleep on the Bus? No Problem

Ask any commuter who regularly takes a Park & Ride bus to and from work: "What's the best part about your commute?"

 Most will answer, "I can take a nap."

While catching a few extra winks before coming home can be relaxing, there's always that fear that you'll sleep right past your stop. It's happened to many of us.

Now there's an app to prevent that. Google Maps is adding a feature that tells you when it's time to get off if you're taking public transit. A "start" button at the bottom of the screen will provide live updates on your real-time location.

If you have an Android phone, simply look on your screen without downloading an app. Glance at your screen to tell you where you're at, or wait for your phone to tell you you've arrived. TechCrunch reports this feature will be coming soon. 


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