After a Metro wrecker driver, Gregory Clark, hit a car, he failed a drug and alcohol test. On Tuesday, a Metro wrecker hit a car on the south side of the city, sending the two passengers in the car, including a 64-year-old woman, to Memorial Hermann hospital. According to a Metro press release ab ... More >>
How Metro and its president Frank Wilson got so far off track.
We're on the road to nowhereEven 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 >>
In the mayor's proposed budget, released earlier this week, Metro is on the hook for almost twice as much money than it had to pay the city in previous years.The money comes from an agreement that gives the city a portion of Metro's sales tax revenues, and the city used the money for building and ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Congressman John Culberson didn't say much today when he released his response to Metro's response to a letter Culberson sent the Federal Transit Administration earlier this week, questioning Metro's ability to pay for a planned $1.5 billion University rail line. About the only thing Culberson ac ... More >>
Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM
A Metro vice-president was arrested and charged with sending indecent images to an underage boy, Channel 2 has reported.William Murphy Madison, who deals with infrastructure for the agency, sent at least 10 pornographic images to a Missouri City kid. Unfortunately for Madison, but fortunately ... More >>
Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM
Back when Metro was trying to finalize its huge deal with Parsons Transportation Group, we asked to see all the letters and e-mails between Metro and the Washington Group -- negotiations there had fallen apart in early 2008 -- to possibly shed some light on the hold-up. We're still not sure why the ... More >>
Drivers going home last night along Main Street were treated to the sight of a car that made its way from the lane next to the rail lines, to the rail lines themselves. And stayed there for about four blocks. There was some hollering from pedestrians which apparently had absolutely no effect on the ... More >>
There's been some noise recently about banks demanding $14 million from METRO to cover loans insured by AIG, causing agency officials to travel to Washington and hold out the hat.Maybe METRO planned for the $14 million problem months ago - that's the amount of additional revenue expected from Octobe ... More >>
Speaking of Metro finances, it looks like the people who buy fuel for the buses have locked in a price of $3.55 a gallon until October of next year. The buy was completed in "midsummer," according to an e-mail from agency spokeswoman Raequel Roberts, when diesel averaged close to $5 a gallon. METRO' ... More >>
Metro has announced plans to raise its fares, announcing in the same breath that the basic fare hasn’t risen since 1994. As with all things Metro, the facts are confusing. (Why, it’s almost as if they want things to be less clear.) So we’ve prepared a chart to simplify matters.
Bellaire city council was happy about the new Bellaire Route No. 2 Quickline service that METRO will be inaugurating later this month – until it saw the street poles and street signs that came with it. As part of the service, there were supposed to be banners announcing the service (three banners ... More >>
Some TAKS tests are murder
The Great Deleter takes the stand
Wayne Dolcefino, the blustering “Undercover Reporter!!” of KTRK, is an acquired taste. Many choose not to acquire it, but we think he’s kind of endearing. He’s been on a Metro binge lately, and – well, the pickings have been somewhat slim. Metro execs are overpaid; fine, do a report on ... More >>
Time magazine's star speaks out
A nine-year-old girl dies in a collision with a First Transit bus driver who, despite a bad driving record, was never fired
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.