Frank A. Wilson

  • News

    March 20, 2014

    Trapped: There Are No Simple Solutions to Houston's Traffic Crisis

    The crazy, complicated conundrum of Houston traffic.

  • Music

    February 16, 2012

    Oklahoma Dust Storm

    Jimmy Webb, songwriting legend, is still on the line.

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Pauline Higgins's Metro Defamation Lawsuit Settled Today, Finally

    Pauline Higgins is finally at peace with Metro.​Two years ago to the day, attorney Pauline Higgins was fired from Metro's legal department. Metro, under Frank Wilson,  publicly gave reasons for her dismissal: Higgins was a bad boss, hired her friends and used company resources to plan a golf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Metro Bids Adieu to the Intermodal "Kiss & Ride" Terminal

    Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn ArchitectsNo longer needed​In yet another ritual cleansing of the Frank Wilson Era, Metro CEO George Greanias tells the Houston Chronicle that the agency is writing off $168 million in useless expenses racked up by the previous administration. Some of that comes fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    The 10 Biggest Houston Stories Of The Year

    Tom DeLay: A conviction to go with the mugshot​There are still a couple days left for earthshaking stories to take place in 2010. But since most news is bad news, let's hope the worst is over. What were the top 10 news stories in Houston in 2010? We're so glad you asked, since we've worked up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Metro Warns Suppliers To Buy American: Barn Door Officially Closed

    Don't do what we did, Metro tells suppliers​Perhaps just a wee bit late, Metro has sent out a letter to its suplliers making clear that they need to follow "Buy American" guidelines. "All steel, iron and other manufactured products bought for Metro's light rail expansion project must be produ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Metro Settles Its Differences With Its "Buy American" Spanish Railcar-Provider

    Metro closes one more chapter from the Frank Wilson era. ​While the crowd over at the "new" Metro has worked to settle in and push its new image, one of the big things hanging over its head was possible litigation from Spanish rail car company CAF. If you haven't followed the story: When stuff rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Turkey Pardon: Yao Ming's Tender Left Foot

    Yao's foot: Pardoned, in a moment of forgiveness​Ever since JFK got benevolent just days before his assassination, presidents have been pardoning the turkeys presented to them at the White House. It's a noble tradition, and one we take up here at the Houston Press. In putting together our ann ... More >>

  • News

    November 25, 2010

    2010 Turkeys of the Year

    Metro chief Frank Wilson is our biggest gobbler.

  • News

    October 7, 2010

    Off the Bus

    METRO execs won't be commuting after all.

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Metro Execs Riding Buses Or Rail: Not Quite What It Seems

    Metro's Senior Management Team is being forced to experience the wild world of public transportation. ​George Greanias, Metro's president, dropped a bombshell at a budget meeting earlier this week, announcing that the agency's Senior Management Team is turning in its company cars and being require ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Metro Tackles Huge Budget Gap...By Getting Rid Of Some Office Printers?

    Metro promises to maintain service levels despite cutting its budget by 31 percent. ​At a Metro board meeting this morning, Metro's president and CEO, George Greanias, gave his first formal presentation about what's in store for the agency's 2011 budget, which should be drafted and complete by the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Metro: E-Mails Show How Not To Negotiate To Buy Rail Cars

    Other companies wanted to give Metro a better deal before it signed a deal with CAF, but Metro decided to say, more or less, nothing. ​Frank Wilson, Metro's former president, might be considered old news, but the decisions he made, and more importantly the contracts he signed, continue to linger. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Metro Takes Several More Steps To Distance Itself From Frank Wilson

    The Sweetheart Contract bus may have made its last run​The buzzword around Metro is "new."A recent press release from the agency, for example, promoted "New Metro's" standards, and at this morning's board meeting, the agency's president, George Greanias, talked about the same New Metro.And it did ... More >>

  • News

    June 17, 2010

    A Rail Issue

    METRO responds to our cover story, at length.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Metro Responds To Our "Train Wreck" Article; We Respond To Their Response

    Metro ain't happy with us​Last week's cover story didn't go over too well at Metro; maybe that's not too surprising since it was entitled "Train Wreck: How Metro and it's president Frank Wilson got so far off track."George Smalley, the agency's head of communications and marketing, responded ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Metro Votes To Settle Paper-Shredding Lawsuit

    The Frank Wilson era gets further into the rearview mirror, Metro hopes​The Metro board has voted to settle the Lloyd Kelley lawsuit that spawned a wild series of tales of the agency shredding paperwork.No details of the settlement were released, but the agency took pains to note how quickly a new ... More >>

  • News

    May 27, 2010

    Train Wreck

    How Metro and its president Frank Wilson got so far off track.

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Metro's Frank Wilson Is Gone, But Troubles Remain

    We're on the road to nowhere​Even with the departure of Frank Wilson, Metro still has a few hurdles before it can regain the public's trust, which is the agency's main goal right now, according to Gilbert Garcia, the Metro board chairman, and George Greanias, Metro's newly appointed president. Wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    George Greanias' First Metro Meeting: Exorcising The Ghost Of Frank Wilson

    ​George Greanias presided over his first Metro board meeting yesterday afternoon as the agency's new president, and board members seemed giddy to finally proceed without the dark cloud of Frank Wilson hanging over the place. There wasn't any of that boring talk about lawsuits or document shredding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Frank Wilson Survival Watch: Down Goes Wilson!!! Down Goes Wilson!!

    ​Today's installment of the Frank Wilson Survival Watch is our last -- the Metro president announced his resignation at a meeting this afternoon -- but that doesn't mean Wilson is completely dead to Metro. He's still got quite a bit of cash coming to him, thanks to generous contract stipulations t ... More >>

  • News

    May 6, 2010

    Semi-Comeback for the Tower Theater

    Plus: Rites of Bellaire - It's not hazing, it's fun

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Frank Wilson Survival Watch, Day 9: Fat Lady's Warming Up

    The needle begins to move ever-leftward for Frank Wilson​The Houston Chronicle and other media outlets are reporting the death knells for Metro CEO Frank Wilson seem to be getting louder.The consensus seems to be that a Friday board meeting will end with his resignation, and former city controller ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Frank Wilson Survival Watch, Day 4: The County Judge Doesn't Weigh In

    ​How long will the embattled Metro president last? Hair Balls presents today's installment of the Frank Wilson Survival Watch. 1. Ed Emmett won't muddy the Frank Wilson waters. Yet. Along with appointing two members to Metro's Board of Directors, there's no question that the county has a stake in ... More >>

  • News

    April 29, 2010

    Houston Is Under Attack

    Bedbugs threaten our slumber.

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Frank Wilson Survival Watch, Day 3: Spanish Bombs

    ​How long will the embattled Metro president last? Hair Balls presents today's installment of the Frank Wilson Survival Watch. 1. The Federal Transit Administration sends Frank Wilson a damning letter. Dorval Carter, the FTA's chief counsel, alerted Wilson at the end of last week that the feds are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Frank Wilson Survival Watch, Day One: He Just Keeps Us Hanging On

    ​In the last several months, things could not have gone worse for Metro president Frank Wilson. When Annise Parker was elected mayor, it seemed only a matter of time before Wilson was ousted from the agency. Parker was critical of Metro during her campaign, and her criticism continued after the el ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Metro, Investigate Thyself

    ​The Metro board called a special meeting yesterday afternoon to hold a private executive session to discuss attorney Lloyd Kelley's lawsuit against Metro, which deals with all that alleged document shredding. But the board also used the opportunity to release the findings from UHY Advisors, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    An Open Letter To Metro Spokesman George Smalley

    ​Fans of the ongoing Metro drama may want to check out the beleaguered agency's response to an April 15 KHOU story on allegations that Metro submitted outdated financial projections to the Federal Transit Administration. According to the text preceding the video, the story was "dist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Metro Board Meeting: Near Heart Attacks, And No One Cares What Frank Wilson Thinks Anymore

    ​The newish Metro board got a wild introduction to the Metro-loving public at its first meeting this afternoon, where one Houstonian got so worked up that he nearly collapsed and later was taken to the hospital. DeWayne Lark, the man that almost collapsed, was talking about the light rail construc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Metro Employees Go To Court Over No-Overtime Rules

    ​The lawyer representing two Metro employees in a pending lawsuit believes that the agency has cheated hundreds of its workers in the last couple of years, not paying them for the work they do. Now he wants those employees to come forward. "I could win this lawsuit nine ways to Sunday," attorney R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    New Nominees For Metro's Board -- Including A Blogger -- And Frank Wilson, That Bell Is Tolling For Thee

    ​To hear Mayor Annise Parker tell it, it's only a matter of time before Metro's president, Frank Wilson, is gone. At a press conference yesterday where the mayor announced her nominees for new Metro board members, Wilson was the hot topic. Parker had just returned from Washington, D.C., where she ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    It's Not Turning Into A Good Month For Metro

    ​If the paper-shredding scandal were not enough ... it seems the Metropolitan Transit Authority aka Metro has more problems than it can handle.Remember the rail lines approved by voters in 2003 ... yeah that 2003 when Michael Jordan was still playing basketball and YouTube did not exist? Well, se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Light Rail Construction On The East End Line Not Going Smoothly For Businessowners

    ​Metro board members yesterday heard from a business owner who said that light rail construction near his used car dealership is causing him to lose money because Metro isn't keeping all its promises.Mark Rodriguez, the business owner, has a used car lot on Harrisburg Boulevard near the intersecti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Who Lied During The Dispute Over How Much The New Rail Lines Would Cost? Maybe No One

    ​We may finally have some answers to the questions that emerged after it was reported that Metro lied about the cost of two proposed light rail corridors. During a Metro meeting in April, Houstonian Paul Magaziner told the board that the projects would cost $1.8 billion. Frank Wilson, Metro's pres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Commuter Rail From Galveston And Hempstead By 2012!! Well, Maybe

    ​The Citizens Transportation Coalition is currently giddy with dreams of 90 MPH commuter trains speeding from Galveston and down 290 into the city...possibly by 2012, which sounds like the far future but is only three years away. There hasn't been much public movement on commuter rail since the HG ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Feds All But OK Funding For Two More Light-Rail Lines, Costing Whatever

    Photo by pfrench99More news -- good or bad depending on your side of the fence -- about Metro's planned light-rail lines came today when board chairman David Wolff announced that Metro has all but got its first funding agreement from the Federal Transit Administration.For 2010, the feds listed the N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Metro Approves Huge New Contract. And We Do Mean Huge

    There had been a bit of a dust-up this week because the Metro board didn't release the details of the most expensive infrastructure contract in the city's history before the Board of Directors voted on it this afternoon. Perhaps to reconcile, Chairman David Wolff broke standard procedure at today's ... More >>

  • News

    March 30, 2006

    Run Over by Metro

    The city's bus company shows little inclination to pay up or change its ways, even after it smacks into people like its own employee Clarence Santee Jr.

  • News

    August 18, 2005

    Low-Cost Housing

    A home for a buck, with one catch

  • News

    April 29, 2004

    Perfect Fit

    Metro's new president already has a Houston attitude