Public Transportation

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    September 29, 2014

    Houstonians Hate Traffic, Have No Desire to Change

    Those of us who live in Houston are a diverse lot. We have members of our community from all over the world, never mind the state of Texas. Yet, we can all agree that traffic here is God awful. But, what we can't seem to agree on is why or how to fix it. A recent study from Texas A&M University's Tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Houston's Traffic Pain is a Slow Burn Thanks to a Lack of Vision

    One of the toughest things to deal with besides daily traffic in Houston is the prolonged traffic nightmare faced by Houstonians over years and years and years thanks to poor planning and a lack of foresight. While most cities struggle with similar issues, ours feels like its own special brand of he ... More >>

  • News

    March 20, 2014

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

    The crazy, complicated conundrum of Houston traffic.

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Report: People of Texas and Houston Driving Less

    According to a report from the TexPIRG Education fund, people in Texas (and, yes, this does include Houston) are ditching the glut of freeway traffic in favor of public transit and biking in greater numbers, a trend that follows other cities and states across the country. The biggest change, not su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    [PHOTOS] Light Rail Expansion Moving Faster Than You Might Think

    Since 2004, anyone living or visiting the areas near Main Street, the Medical Center, the Museum District or Reliant Park has probably gotten to experience METRO Rail, for better or worse. Some ride it daily. Some get in accidents with it. Some just gawk. But, one of the busiest stretches of commute ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Metro Board Gets Input On Whether To Keep Subsidizing City Budgets

    The recent outbreak of hysterical excitement around the city can only mean one thing: the Metro board will soon decide on ballot language for the General Mobility Program referendum. With this fateful day closing in, the board convened last night to accept more public input on the issue. Speakers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Your Bus & Rail Is Free on New Year's Eve

    If your New Year's Eve plans include drinking past the point where it'd be wise to get behind the wheel, Metro's got your back. All buses and light rail are free from 6 p.m. New Year's Eve until 6 a.m. New Year's Day, the agency announced. Metro says it "wants to help individuals celebrating the a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Howard Hughes Gets a Light-Rail Station Named After Him

    Bring your own urine jars.​The world's cleanest, germ-free light-rail station -- albeit one in which you no doubt will be encouraged to piss in jars -- will be Stop 3 on Metro's new East End line. That stop will be officially designated the Altic/Howard Hughes stop, the agency announced today ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Free METRORAIL Rides to and from Reliant Park for Texans Home Games

    ​Traffic around any sports stadium can be a serious pain on game day, so Reliant has teamed up with METRO to provide free light rail rides to and from Reliant Park for every Texans home game in the regular season. Free rides begin at 5:30 a.m. on game day and run until midnight. To promote th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Metro Wants to Use Private Security Firms to Make Sure You Pay for Your Light-Rail Ride

    They're watching you; they see your every move, baby.​Metro is making noises about hiring private security as fare enforcers on the light rail. Right now state law bars that, but Metro says Phoenix does it, so why can't they? "Adding civilian fare inspectors could not only increase fare insp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    The Mechanic: Is This the Latest Metro Crash?

    SUV Meets Bus The Mechanic at MOVIECLIPS.comAds for the subtle coming-of-age film The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster and plenty of guns and bombs, have been all over the air recently. Last night we actually bothered to watch one when it came on. And we could have sworn we saw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Remember: No Light Rail Service This Weekend

    Another weekend without light rail​Things are back to normal with Metro light rail service -- it's out again all weekend. Construction on a new pedestrian bridge over Fannin in the Medical Center will once again force people onto the bus from 8 p.m. tonight to midnight Sunday. (You might wan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Big Stop Sign On Metro's Light Rail Projects

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Metro's Greanias Forcing His Top Execs To Take The Bus Or Rail

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Metro Gets Bit By The "Buy American" Rule

    An FTA ruling concerning light rail cars purchased from Spanish company CAF puts a whole lot of money in jeapordy for Metro. ​Metro has received just about the worst news possible: The Federal Transit Administration's "Buy American" investigation found that Metro did, in fact, violate federal guid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Metro Light Rail Expands Hours For Bike Riders

    The Iron Horse welcomes velocipedes​Metro 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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 17, 2010

    Beyond the Motor City

    Getting Detroit residents out of their cars and onto a bus or train won't be an easy job

  • News

    May 27, 2010

    Train Wreck

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

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Washington Avenue: A Big Trench For Commuter Rail Below, Streetcars Above

    They desire a streetcar....get it?​If you're gonna dream, you might as well dream big.The Super Neighborhood 22 group, responsible for improving Washington Avenue, is meeting Monday to discuss highly ambitious plans for that burgeoning entertainment district.Among the proposals: Burying a large tr ... More >>

  • 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 16, 2010

    Don't Depend On Light Rail To Get You Anywhere This Weekend

    ​If you were thinking you could drink freely downtown this weekend and take the light rail home, think again. It's "Set Back the Clock" weekend at Metro, as they abandon the sleek 21st-century wonder of light rail and regress back to smelly old buses.A new pedestrian bridge is being installed over ... 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

    December 3, 2009

    Even Edgar Winter Can't Get A Free Ride On The Light Rail Today

    ​Light-rail riders, beware. The cops are out to getcha.Since early this morning, Metro police and light-rail employees have been stationed at each stop along the route checking to make sure everyone has a ticket and is not abusing the city's well-loved, though probably often abused, honor system.I ... More >>

  • News

    November 19, 2009
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    November 6, 2009

    Metro Vice President To Homeless: Stay Off Our Train

    ​Todd Mason is the vice president of real estate services for Metro. At the time of his hiring, there was some concern that by hiring Mason and dabbling in big-time real estate development at and around Metro properties, the transit organization was extending itself far beyond its mission statemen ... 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 21, 2009

    Feds Say Metro Has Violated Civil Rights Laws (Without Specifics)

    We reported yesterday on things looking up for Metro, but today Hair Balls learned that our transit authority is violating the federal government's definition of civil rights. According to a letter dated April 27, the Federal Transit Administration conducted a Title VI Compliance Review of Metro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Metro's Light Rail, Directed By Martin Scorsese

    Houston METRO Light Rail from on Vimeo Via Swamplot comes pretty, pretty pictures of the proposed light-rail lines Metro is building.See!! Swooping visuals as you zoom in from the skies and glide past trains and Second Life pedestrians!!Hear!! Light-rail trains that sound like Santa's slei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    College Students Develop Plan for Light Rail on Washington Avenue

    While Metro continues to struggle with ideas for extending the light rail with ease, some college kids might've figured it out. Graduate-level and undergraduate-level interns from the SWA Group recently revealed their redevelopment ideas for the Washington Avenue Corridor, a part of Super Neighborh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2008

    Houston's Light Rail Not Good Enough For Baltimore

    There's a bit of a brouhaha up in Baltimore, as some government bureaucracy -- no one really knows for sure -- is offering to pay for journalists and bloggers to take free trips to cities with shiny new mass-transit rail systems, and then write glowingly about them. They're not interested in cities ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2007

    Learning to Crawl

    Don't forget to hop on the light rail after work today and head down to the Flying Saucer. The Houstonist Light Rail Pub Crawl begins there at 5:30 p.m. We told you about it earlier in the week. The group will leave from there and board the boozer cruiser light rail and travel to various bars along ... More >>

  • News

    April 13, 2006
  • Calendar

    March 16, 2006
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    March 3, 2005

    Sole Sister

    The Alley Theatre's Bad Dates is a shoe-in

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
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    September 23, 2004
  • News

    July 22, 2004

    The Mixmaster

    County Judge Bob Eckels, the Doc Ock of transportation, is busy planning more roads

  • News

    April 29, 2004

    Perfect Fit

    Metro's new president already has a Houston attitude

  • News

    October 2, 2003

    Bad Blood on the Tracks

    Metro's consulting becomes insulting for some Hispanic leaders

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Activist

    Tom Bazan

  • News

    September 11, 2003


    Here's how Metro wants to sell us on light rail

  • News

    May 1, 2003

    The Train Ride Gets Bumpy

    Metro's coalition shows some early cracks

  • News

    February 17, 2000
  • News

    February 3, 2000

    Train In Vain?

    Main street's light rail is on it's way, and boosters hope to see passengers lining up for a ride

  • News

    December 9, 1999

    The Katy: Railing On

    Fears of a future light train trouble Katy Freeway expansion critics

  • News

    July 8, 1999

    Dog Bites Train

    The Main Train and selling pets to labs have nothing in common. Until it comes to referenda, that is.

  • News

    September 10, 1998
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    July 2, 1998

    The Great Non-Communicator

    Houston's new mayor is working as hard as, or harder than, his predecessors. Now if only he could find a way to tell people about it.

  • News

    June 8, 1995

    The Rule of Men, Not Law

    Who gave Lanier & Co. permission to loot Metro? They did.

  • News

    February 3, 1994

    Just Don't Breathe It

    What Houstonians can -- and probably won't -- do to clean up the air they drive through

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