A lot of angst this time of year for football fans. Think about it, even the richest of the rich have something to bitch about this time of year. The Broncos beat the Texans on Sunday, but lost pass rusher extraordinaire Von Miller for the rest of the season to an ACL tear. The Seahawks are on thei ... More >>
Houston turns 177 years old on Saturday, and METRO is celebrating by offering free rides on every light-rail and local bus starting today and lasting through Labor Day on Monday. With the longer weekend more and more families are going to be out and about, so we are here to help you make the most of ... More >>
The Houston Press is presenting a series of posts leading up to a feature story in the print edition of the 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die. Each blog post contains one of our top 10 bucket list items along with nine others in the top 100. To narrow our list, we chose only items unique to ... More >>
Tapping into the same urge that's lured tourists for centuries to the gondolas of Venice, Corpus Christi is getting back into the water taxi business. No word yet on whether there will be singing from the water taxi operators as they ply their trade from one side of Harbor Bridge to the other. "T ... More >>
Sometime after 2:30 p.m., a Dodge Charger tried to take on a Metro light-rail train. The light rail won.
The Houston Press Guide to Lunch (or Dinner) on the Light Rail. When owner Staci Davis decided on a location for her restaurant, Radical Eats, one thing was extremely important to her above all: Davis wanted her vegan paradise to have access to the new Metro light rail North Line that's currently b ... More >>
That up above, the dreamy rendering of the area that used to house the downtown Post Office? It's "Bayou Commons," which is "strategically designed to be downtown Houston's first residential district celebrating cultural diversity and urban lifestyle." But don't go looking for it yet.
Metro had itself a party this morning, with tons of local officials making happy speeches and a federal official on hand to dole out cash. The transit agency announced it's officially been cleared to get $900 million in federal funds to build more light rail in town, funds that had been endangered ... More >>
MetroIt's a work of artYou may have seen light-rail cars sheathed in red to promote safety, and you should get ready to see some in green to promote...art. Metro is "partnering" with the Museum District to tout the cultural offerings available a few steps away from the light rail line. Metr ... More >>
Five rules that should be added to light rail.
Metro clearly wants to avoid this during the Final Four weekend.Beginning next Thursday, college basketball fans will begin descending on Houston for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, held at Reliant Stadium. In addition to the games, there is a fan festival at George R. Brown Convention ... More >>
Do some crop dusting, go to jail. It's the law.Houstonians are generally an amiable folk. We have a reputation for being friendly almost to a fault. So, when we read about the controversy stirred up in New York City over a video of a fight between a subway rider eating spaghetti and another r ... 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 >>
METROThe new train will chug around the dotted black lines.If you commute from Harris County to Houston, you may be in luck. Plans for a new commuter rail that will one day connect downtown Missouri City with Houston were set into motion today.Kimberly Slaughter, Senior Vice President of Service ... More >>
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 >>
Metro's light rail will actually be working this weekendHey, here's some good news for a change from Metro: the light rail system will be working this weekend! Hey, you take your good news any way you can these days. All of you saying, "Shouldn't a light rail system be designed to work on a ... More >>
Construction for the agesHow long does it take to build a freaking pedestrian bridge across Fannin? Long enough that -- on the heels of Metro having to suspend light rail service on some December weekends to accommodate construction -- they'll be doing the same for most of January, the agenc ... More >>
Two cities, two versions of a storyThe Houston Chronicle did its Bill White's Houston Legacy story today, and it was picked up online by the Dallas Morning News.It had the same writer in the byline, and the stories were essentially the same. But there are subtle differences between what showed u ... 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 Frank Wilson era gets further into the rearview mirror, Metro hopesThe 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 >>
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 >>
What's it look like when a Metro light-rail train broadsides a Metro bus? Now we know!!The agency has released security video of the incident; here's CNN's version of things.We think two very, very different thoughts were going through the minds of the engineer and the bus driver.The engineer was t ... More >>
In a press release clearly launched from the Stone Age, the Bayou City's Metropolitan Transit Authority (that's Metro, if you're nasty) puffed up its chest and triumphantly declared today that it is "expanding the conversation by adding social media tools Facebook and Twitter to its communica ... More >>
Black Guy, Rich White Guy, Lesbian or Hispanic Republican
Photo by pfrench99Metro's announced they'll be doing track maintenance this weekend, so if you're planning on cruising the light rail through downtown, think again.There will be no service between the Downtown Transit Center and UH-Downtown from 5:30 am til 2 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, Metro's ... More >>
The Houston East End Chamber of Commerce, the Eastwood Civic Association, and some East End residents are up in arms over Metro's plans for a light rail overpass on Harrisburg Boulevard. So what's their problem, you say? Why would anyone have anything critical to say of Metro? Yeah, Hair Balls found ... More >>
As of 10 a.m. tomorrow, all traffic problems on the Katy Freeway will cease. That's when the official ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the end of the five-year construction nightmare that has widened the highway from six lanes to -- if our most recent trip is any indication -- about 48 lanes at sp ... More >>
Ah, Metro -- maker of promises they can't cash. My wife commuted in with me yesterday morning; later in the day, she needed to leave well before I could. I checked the Metro website. They were running buses along the light-rail route, and a handful of other routes, all listed prominently. Among t ... More >>
In case you were hoping to take a Metro bus anywhere today, forget it. Service stopped at noon. No word yet on when it might resume. -- Richard Connelly
Mayor Bill White got some publicity recently when he told The New York Times the reason Houston really, really sucks at recycling is because "Houstonians are skeptical of anything that appears to be oversold or exaggerated." Or things that are "trendy or hyped-up." Some Houstonians, it turns out, a ... More >>
An e-mail was circulating around the East End this week, urging residents and business owners come Wednesday night to "an explosive meeting that will change the course of light rail in Houston." How "explosive" things got is a bit debatable, but East Enders let Metro know they are plenty pissed abo ... More >>
Metro's blog, Write On Metro, has hosted a chat with the agency senior VP of engineering and construction, Bryan Pennington. So let's get to the first question! "Q: Mr. Pennington seems to be a very talented man with numerous flattering credentials. I met him once about two years ago by mistake bu ... More >>
Whatever, you smug bastard. This would've happened even if we'd used a Mac. So Congressman Gene Green’s media person, Jesse Christopherson, sends out an e-mail to web editor Keith Plocek saying the Houston light-rail system has finally won federal funding. To the tune of $10 million. Which, in ... More >>
So I get a newsflash that there's a fatal shooting on a Metro bus on Westheimer. Initial reports, at least, state that the bus was just west of the Galleria. Which attracted my notice, because I've got a kid who takes a the 82 Metro bus everyday down Westheimer from school to my office downtown. C ... More >>
Metro is going around to public hearings giving slide shows on its proposed solutions to the alleged problem of Houston not having enough light rail. Houston voters, of course, passed a referendum approving a massive expansion of the system; what Houston voters didn't do was read the fine print. Tha ... More >>
Screw mass transit -- this is the way to commute. Sure, citizens along Richmond Avenue may be bitching about light rail, but music editor John Nova Lomax has a real gripe against Houston mass transportation... Transportation, or "mobility" as people who like buzz-words seem to always call it, is ... More >>
Super Bowl week turned out to be a slow one for HPD's vice squad
A hip-hop summit preaches what it doesn't practice
A mayoral candidate wrestles with a no-win choice
A transit official says delayed payouts are Houston's problem
Joe's Sandwich Shop is just one of the businesses along Main Street struggling to survive until Metro gets its light rail line up and operating.
The Terrace on Main, Warwick Hotel
From the February 24, 2000 issue
George Greanias is smart. He's honest. He's independent. But Bob Lanier and his friends are pulling out the stops to see that Greanias doesn't return to City Hall.
A group of weathy benefactors have a "gift" for the city. They say it won't cost taxpayers a nickel. But the fleecing may have already begun.