Public Transportation

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    Fan Fighting League! Cowboy Fan Fights Falcon Fan On MARTA Train

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Happy 177th Birthday, Houston: Ride the Light-Rail for Free All Weekend; Here's Where To Eat

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Houston Bucket List - 100 Things To Do in Houston Before You Die: The Death Train

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Water Taxi Service Returns to Corpus Christi (Who Needs Venice?)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Dining on the Rails: A Guide to Light Rail Lunching in Houston

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    May 3, 2012
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    April 9, 2012

    Harvard, CU-Boulder Design Downtown Houston of Your Dreams, Possibly

    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.

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Metro Gets the Light-Rail Federal Funding It Craved

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    The Museum Train's A-Rollin'

    MetroIt's a work of art​You may have seen light-rail cars sheathed in red to promote safety, and you should get ready to see some in green to Metro is "partnering" with the Museum District to tout the cultural offerings available a few steps away from the light rail line. Metr ... More >>

  • News

    March 31, 2011

    Metro Etiquette

    Five rules that should be added to light rail.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Metro Prepares for Final Four Onslaught

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Five Rules MetroRail Should Consider Adding

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    George Greanias, CEO of Metro: Metro Out to Prove It's Not "Evil and Stupid"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Metro Announces a New Commuter Rail, and It Wants Your Input

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Comment of the Day: More Tips for Metro

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Some Good Metro News: Light Rail Will Be Working This Weekend!

    Metro's light rail will actually be working this weekend​Hey, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    January Weekends: Don't Expect Much Light Rail

    Construction for the ages​How 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Two Versions Of The Chron's Bill White Story Out There: The Houston One Is Nicer

    Two cities, two versions of a story​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    George Greanias Lays The Groundwork For Metro's Tough Upcoming Budget Decisions

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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

    February 10, 2010

    Light Rail Vs. Bus: The Video

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Metro Rolls Out Facebook & Twitter Accounts To Zero Fanfare

    ​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 >>

  • News

    October 22, 2009

    Houston's Choice for Mayor

    Black Guy, Rich White Guy, Lesbian or Hispanic Republican

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    Light-Rail Will Be Limited In Downtown This Weekend

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    The East End Doesn't Like Metro's Light-Rail Overpass (Updated)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2008

    Katy Freeway Finished As Of Tomorrow

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Metro, You Broke My Heart

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2008

    You've Missed The Bus

    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

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2008

    The Mayor's right -- Houston Is Never, Never Trendy

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2008

    East End Doesn't "Explode" Metro

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008

    Metro: Are You Great, or Magnificent?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2007

    This Just In: Proletariat’s Days Are Numbered

    Proletariat owner Denise Ramos emailed the Press this morning with a statement that she is closing the popular local venue in February due to Metro’s plans to build a light-rail line on Richmond Avenue, which the local transportation agency has said will be completed by 2012. “I truly feel that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2007

    Oops. Delete! Delete!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2007

    Light Blogging Today (And Everyday)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2007
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    November 30, 2006
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    August 3, 2006

    Tale of Two Cities

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2006

    Upward Mobility, My Ass

    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 >>

  • News

    March 4, 2004

    Party Like It's 1899

    Super Bowl week turned out to be a slow one for HPD's vice squad

  • News

    January 22, 2004

    Bling Thing

    A hip-hop summit preaches what it doesn't practice

  • News

    September 18, 2003

    Trapped on the Tracks

    A mayoral candidate wrestles with a no-win choice

  • News

    December 19, 2002

    City Blames Metro for Cash Crunch

    A transit official says delayed payouts are Houston's problem

  • News

    October 11, 2001

    Great Expectations

    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.

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Patio

    The Terrace on Main, Warwick Hotel

  • News

    February 24, 2000


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  • News

    February 4, 1999
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    October 2, 1997

    Why Don't They Want This Man to Be Mayor?

    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.

  • News

    May 1, 1997

    Cotswold Unspun

    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.

  • News

    April 18, 1996
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