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Jan 14
Why METRO needs to be your next employer



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



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

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


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.


Jan 03
Weekend fun with METRO: Jan 4-6


After several days of heavy rain, the forecast promises a weekend of sunny days with mild temperatures in the high 60s and 70s. We've got some fun, outdoor events for the while family – and there's a bonus. Most of the events we're recommending this weekend are free. This should help get you back on track with the family budget after the holidays.

You can also save money by taking METRO. Local bus and train tickets are only $1.25. Seniors 65 plus and students ride half price. Seniors 70 plus and children five and under ride free. Check out our Google-powered Trip Planner to find the exact bus or train from your starting point.

Event: Loop. This interactive art installation is a cross between a music box, a zoetrope and a railway handcar. Part retro and part futuristic, this machine is more than two meters in diameter. Step inside the loop, turn the hand lever, and watch black-and-white images of old movies through a strobe effect. Free.

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Outside the George R. Brown Convention Center. The seven installations are located along the Plaza in Avenida Houston, between Rusk and Polk Streets.

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: Open House. Artists Dan Havel and Dean Ruck transformed an abandoned house into an interactive temporary public sculpture. This 1940s-era house was originally located in Santa Fe, Tex., and was moved to Sam Houston Park last April. The artists stripped the interior and exterior, then cut circular holes for a "Swiss cheese" effect. The interior walls sport a montage of images from the city's people, places and past. Free.

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Dawn to dusk.

Where: Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby

Getting there*:

METRORail: Green and Purple Lines – exit Theater District Station

Bus: 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 85 Antoine/Washington, 44 Acres Homes, 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk

Event: Young Writers Workshop. Take your kids to H-town's only free writing workshop for students in the second through 8th grades. Sponsored by Writers in the School, Discovery Green and the Houston Public Library, this workshop shows kids the magic of imagination when told in story form. Afterwards, treat the kids to one of downtown's many eateries - get an extra discount (most are 10 percent off) by showing your METRO Q® Fare Card at any of our Rider Rewards restaurants. Free but limited to 25 students - first come, first served.

When: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (additional dates: Jan. 12, 19 and 26)

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: Texans playoff game. Watch our home team play against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Wild Card game. Whether you're joining a tailgate party, or you're lucky enough to have tickets, ride the train to the game and avoid traffic snarls.

When: Saturday, 3:35 p.m.

Where: NRG Stadium,

Getting there*:

METRORail: Red Line – exit Stadium Park/Astrodome Station

Bus: 60 Cambridge, 11 Almeda

 *Suggested routes by our Customer Service; individual needs may vary.




Jan 02
Giving away grant money


Do you work for a non-profit organization or a public transportation provider?

Then you may be eligible to apply for federal grant money for programs geared toward enhancing mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities.

Grants are awarded through the Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Grant Program for the Houston Urbanized Area. METRO is the designated recipient for this program. That means the agency is responsible for the funds and their distribution for transit purposes.

Send your project proposal to METRO by Friday, Feb. 8. Electronic applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. by email. Send to

Late submissions will not be accepted. Find the grant application here.

If you've never applied before and you're new at this, or you have any questions, you're invited to attend our pre-application workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 8. It will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at METRO's administrative building, 1900 Main St., on the sixth floor.

Please arrive by 1:45 p.m. in the second-floor lobby, and we'll escort you to the workshop. This is free and open to the public.

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