Train Travel

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    Here's What the Houston-Dallas Bullet Train Routes Might Look Like

    A more concrete picture of the high-speed bullet train from Dallas to Houston is emerging now that Texas Central Railway, the private company behind the multibillion dollar project, has revealed the two routes the line may take. The bullet train, meant to rival air travel between the two cities, w ... 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 >>

  • 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

    Greenlink Marks One-Year Anniversary Driving Grumpy Downtown Workers to Lunch

    If you don't work or spend much time in downtown Houston, you probably have no idea what Greenlink is. But if you do work downtown or spend time here, particularly in the summer, Greenlink might be your knight in shining green armor. In simplest terms, Greenlink is a free shuttle bus that runs a two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    You, Too, Can Shop for Groceries by Light Rail!

    When I tell people that my husband and I share a car, and have for the entire three years we have lived in Houston, we get a lot of funny looks. It's true that the logistics don't always work out, but we almost always make it work. Note the "almost" -- that's the little word that forced me to get ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Classic Downtown Macy's Shutting Its Doors

    According to a report from the Houston Chronicle, the store those of us who grew up in Houston knew as Foley's downtown since it opened in 1947 will be shutting its doors as part of a move by Macy's to close underperforming stores. It will begin a clearance sale on January 7 that will run for about ... 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 >>

  • 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

    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 >>

  • 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

    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

    January 14, 2011

    Metro Danger Train Cure: Warning Labels

    We don't think they will look like this​Ever since its debut, Metro's light rail system has experienced recurring trouble with vehicle collisions. They've redesigned the warning systems at intersections, they've installed enough glowing lights to make Vegas seem tame, and still the crashes ke ... 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

    December 1, 2010

    Early Warning: No Light Rail This Weekend

    Get on the bus​If you're planning to be all urban and hip and modern by rocking the light rail system this weekend, forget about it. You're back on the bus. Metro is closing the system starting at 8 p.m. Friday, and it won't be back up until midnight Sunday. The Texas Children's Hospital is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Amtrak's Terrible Sunset Limited May Become A Daily

    Improvements on the way?​Amtrak has a new plan out on how to improve service on the Sunset Limited, the long-distance passenger train that comes through Houston on its way between Los Angeles and New Orleans. Any plan would likely improve service, since the Limited is notorious for long, long ... 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 23, 2010

    Bullet Train Dream Still Remains Popular, If Not Likely To Happen

    Houston to Dallas High Speed Rail Presentation When we wrote earlier this week about a Japanese executive giving a presentation about a bullet train between Houston and Dallas, we really didn't think much of it. They've been talki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Bullet Train Between Dallas And Houston: It's Coming (Maybe)

    How about a Lone Star flag on the front of that thing?​Houston business leaders got briefed yesterday by a Japanese company looking to build a bullet train between Dallas and Houston, with mostly private funds.It's part of a U.S. offense by the Central Japan Railway, which, according to media repo ... 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

    September 9, 2010

    Metro "Clarifies" That Feds' Ruling Will Delay Light Rail Construction

    Metro: Upon further review......​Yesterday's bombshell announcement that the federal government had found Metro's purchase of rail cars to have violated "Buy America" laws brought with it assurances that the agency could still stick to its schedule of building the light rail system.That's not the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Metro Ponders Galleria Real Estate, And Why The Uptown District Can't Deliver On its $70 Million Promise

    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 >>

  • News

    May 27, 2010

    Train Wreck

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

  • 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

    April 15, 2010

    Metro Board Meeting: Near Heart Attacks, And No One Cares What Frank Wilson Thinks Anymore

    ​The newish Metro board got a wild introduction to the Metro-loving public at its first meeting this afternoon, where one Houstonian got so worked up that he nearly collapsed and later was taken to the hospital. DeWayne Lark, the man that almost collapsed, was talking about the light rail construc ... 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 >>

  • Calendar

    December 31, 2009

    The Polar Express 4D

    Fun to the fourth power

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Rider Agrees: Get Those Homeless Off The Light Rail!!

    ​Earlier this month we wrote about how a Metro vice-president blatantly told some citizens that he considered part of his job to be keeping those nasty homeless people off the light rail. Let them take the bus, he more or less said; the light rail is for winners.He has at least one supporter in th ... More >>

  • Film

    October 22, 2009

    Truth in Advertising

    Somers Town gets at the heart of working-class London. And might sell some train tickets, too.

  • 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

    December 23, 2008

    High-Speed Rail Coming To Texas, Once Again

    Last week, the Houston Business Journal reported that high speed rail  is coming to Houston. At a speech at New York's Penn Station, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters announced that her office will soon begin "accepting expressions of interest to finance, design, build, op ... 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

    July 22, 2008

    An Open Letter to Metro

    Dear Metro, I love you but we need to talk. A friend and I recently rode one of your trains down to the Museum District to join another friend staying at the Hotel ZaZa. I didn’t want to pay $22 to valet park my car, see, and the train was a cheaper option. After walking out my door, I was at the ... 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

    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

    November 30, 2006
  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    July 6, 2006

    Bullet Train to Vegas

    Sunday, July 9, at Java Jazz, 2502 FM 1960 East, Spring, 832-482-2684

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • News

    January 8, 2004

    Training Day

    Light rail's first day brings one high after another

  • News

    November 6, 2003
  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Hype

    Super Bowl 2004

  • News

    September 11, 2003


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

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Patio

    The Terrace on Main, Warwick Hotel

  • 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

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