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Jun 03
Free rides all summer

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Calling all students: METRO's Summer of Fun allows you to explore Houston on all our buses and trains – for free!

All you need is a Student METRO Q® Fare Card.  If you already have one, tap and nothing will be deducted from your balance. If you don't have a student card, get one here. Free rides are for students in grades K-12, plus students enrolled in a college or university.

This free offer expires Aug. 31, 2019. On Sept. 1, 2019, your Q® Card reverts to a discounted card in which your half-price fare is deducted when you board a train or bus.

So, no excuses not to plan some urban adventures this summer – from museums to parks to the zoo. METRO's here to take you everywhere around town – free for all students!

 


May 30
Weekend events with METRO: May 31-June 2


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Expand your cultural horizons, get off the couch and sample the diversity H-town offers with activities and attractions, including:

  • A hilarious murder mystery
  • An evening of roots music
  • A room-sized art installation

     

Two of these events are free, so it's a wonderful opportunity to take the whole family on a cultural adventure without breaking the household budget. Wherever you go this weekend, ride METRO. You'll get to relax and not worry about traffic gridlock or parking fees. Download our METRO TRIP app to see exactly which bus you need and when it will arrive.

Event: "Murder for Two." This musical comedy is a murder mystery with a twist, using only two actors. One actor investigates the dinner party murder of a popular novelist; the other performer portrays all 12 suspects. Both play the piano throughout in this zany whodunit packed with lots of laughs. Family-friendly.

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

Where: Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway

Getting there*:

Bus: 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk

Event: The 30th Annual Accordion Kings & Queens. Texas Folklife presents this evening of dancing and roots music, featuring Texas accordion music genres, including conjunto, zydeco, Cajun and more. Hear the 2019 winners of Texas Folklife's "Big Squeeze" statewide youth accordion competition. This is a ticketed event for covered seating. Up to four free tickets are available at the box office the day of the performance, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free open seating on the hill.

When: Saturday, 7 to 11 p.m.

Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 6000 Hermann Park Dr.

Getting there*:

METRORail: Red Line – exit Hermann Park/Rice U

Bus: 56 Airline/Montrose

Event: Contemporary Focus: Mineko Grimmer. Japanese-American artist Mineko Grimmer has concentrated on space, time, movement and sound, creating what she dubs "sound-producing kinetic sculptures." In her room-sized installation called "Remembering Plato," pyramid-shaped ice blocks embedded with small pebbles hang from the ceiling. As the ice melts, the tiny rocks strike brass rods and piano wires stretched over basins below, resulting in a random musical performance. Free.

When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (through July 14)

Where: The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St.

Getting there*:

Bus: 25 Richmond, 82 Westheimer, 56 Airline/Montrose

 

 



May 28
Getting you there with faster service

It's been three years since we redesigned our entire network from scratch.

Find out what happened when we got rid of the old spoke-and-hub system and revamped our network. Kurt Luhrsen, vice president of Planning, explains why METRO's become a model that other transit agencies worldwide are following.

 


2019 marks our 40th anniversary, and we're highlighting our history. See more short videos on You Tube.

 


May 23
Memorial Day schedule

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It's Memorial Day weekend, when we remember the brave men and women who fought and died for our freedom. Originally called Decoration Day, this day of remembrance was first observed in 1868 when flowers were placed upon the graves of Union and Confederate solders at Arlington National Cemetery.

On Monday, as many of you enjoy a three-day weekend, we'll be operating on our holiday schedule:

  • Buses and trains will run on a Sunday schedule.
  • Park & Ride service will be suspended.
  • We'll have hourly service to the Houston VA National Cemetery from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the 96 Veterans Memorial bus route.
  • Customer Service Call Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 713-635-4000 or 713-635-6993 (TDD)
  • METROLift reservations and Customer Service offices will be closed on Memorial Day. All subscription trips will be canceled.
  • To schedule a METROLift trip for Tuesday, May 28, call the reservation line at 713-225-6716 on Friday, May 24, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. You may also schedule a trip the day before you need to travel by using MACS at 713-225-6716, MACS-WEB or MACS-WEB screen reader version from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 


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. 


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