This past Saturday, East End residents celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a block party on Harrisburg -- steps away from where the new East End light rail line will soon be operating. The street festival, sponsored by the Greater East End District, featured performers such as Los Pistoleros de Tejas and ... More >>
Metro CEO Greanias speaks
MetroGeorge Greanias back on the job.Metro CEO George Greanias returned to work Monday after a one-week suspension for viewing adult Web sites on his laptop in the office, which uses the agency's wi-fi system. We were allowed a brief interview, so here's ten questions with Greanias: Hair Ba ... More >>
Floppy-disc porn in this pictureHere's one thing we didn't notice in all the hubbub: The biggest binge of porn-viewing by Metro CEO George Greanias came just days after a new policy emphasizing against such behavior -- signed by him -- went into effect. The new policy went into effect June 1 ... More >>
Will plead insanity
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
MetroCEO George Greanias' e-mails are clean, Metro saysOne thing we didn't want to read was any e-mails Metro CEO George Greanias might have written while perusing the porn sites he visited. Dude's been embarrassed enough. So good news: Metro announced today that they have investigated, and f ... More >>
Here's a tweet you don't expect to see, from KPRC's Mary Benton: It's a one-week suspension, she adds. More details, including specifics on which sites, are below. Greanias is not the first person who would come to mind when you think of the CEO of a huge government agency doing something l ... More >>
More costs for the East End lineThe city of Houston has formally requested metro's board to use an underpass rather than an overpass at the intersection of Harrisburg and Hughes streets, an option that could add up to $23 million to the project. The so-called "All-Under" option will, Mayor A ... More >>
Whole lotta ridin' goin' onMetro says it set or came close to records for riders using the light-rail corridor during the Final Four, with about 148,000 boardings during the event. The night of the championship game saw 51,851 boardings, making it the heaviest Monday in seven years of operat ... More >>
Bring it on, says Metro.Metro sounds confident that it can handle the rush hour/Final Four crowds this evening, with extra buses, more maps and CEO George Greanias personally directing lost hoops fans. As for the poor misbegotten folks who thought it would be easy to get a taxi in Houston an ... More >>
Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn ArchitectsNo longer neededIn 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 >>
Metro CEO George Greanias wants to make a transfer right into your heart.When Metro trains are broken, they chug into the rail operating center on West Bellfort to be fixed. But today inside the vast concrete warehouse, repairs of a different sort were first on Metro's mind. Metro president ... More >>
C'mon, baby, I ain't nothing like that nasty ol' Metro you used to go with...You know what THE NEW METRO!!!!! does that the old Metro didn't? Love its customers. To prove it, TNM!!!! will be...handing out Valentine's Day cards to riders Monday. From 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., Metro CEO George Grean ... More >>
Tom DeLay: A conviction to go with the mugshotThere 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 >>
Metro chief Frank Wilson is our biggest gobbler.
Photo by Bryan WilliamsMetro's light rail expansion plans are slowing down. Big time. More bad news, at least for people hoping for more light rail in Houston, came from Metro headquarters this morning when the agency's president, George Greanias, announced that the light rail expansion budget fo ... More >>
METRO execs won't be commuting after all.
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 >>
Well, maybe not so modernBack in July, when then-interim Metro head George Greanias was making an introductory set of meetings with groups and media outlets like us, we asked him something that had been bugging us -- with its money woes, why didn't Metro accept ads on buses?Found money, right?The ... More >>
Metro is taking away company cars and requiring its "senior management" to ride the bus or rail. At a public hearing this afternoon, Metro released additional details about how it plans to cut this year's budget by $431 million. George Greanias, Metro's president, talked again about the plan to s ... More >>
The City Council is set to vote this morning on a proposed 380 agreement with developer Michael Ainbinder, who plans to build a Walmart near the Heights. The vote could technically be delayed another week, but Mayor Parker said yesterday if a council member tries to do that, she'd overrule the ... More >>
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 >>
At least one city council member asked Metro if it's time to re-evaluate certain plans. At a Houston City Council meeting that was supposed to clear up a few things about a planned Walmart development near the Heights, Metro, and its financial mess, ended up being the issue of the morning. Counci ... More >>
Starting September 8, the Metro board will have 20 days to review and approve the agency's 2011 budget. September is a big month for Metro. It's when the board will start to publicly discuss and plan its budget for the upcoming fiscal year. There are only 20 days between the first budget presenta ... More >>
The Uptown light rail line might be stalled, but Metro real estate buys are not. At a committee meeting earlier today, a couple Metro board members balked at the idea of rushing into a real estate deal currently in negotiation. The property in question is along Post Oak Boulevard, just north of H ... More >>
The Iron Horse welcomes velocipedesMetro and BikeHouston have reached an agreement that expands the hours bike riders will be allowed on light-rail trains.Bikes are still barred during peak travel hours in the morning and afternoon, but the definition of "peak hours" has changed.Bikes can now be ... More >>
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