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 before each stop, followed by three banners after each stop) and Q bunnies (drawings on the street of bunnies formed around the Metro Q logo) along the street. The trouble is METRO installed the poles and bunny signs without telling Bellaire officials.
Bellaire City Council members James Avioli, Sr. and Pat McLaughlan complained about the poles and METRO’s failure to inform them of the signs. The Bellaire Examiner reported that McLaughlan said, “It’s hard to describe how outraged I am when METRO comes into our city, pops a pole in our sidewalk, puts a post in, with no regard for the mobility of the sidewalk.”
“Who do they think they are? Where do they get off?” he said.
METRO spokesperson Raequel Roberts tells Hair Balls there was simply a failure to communicate about the promotional aspects of the line, “We thought that they understood but they didn’t.
“We’ve had conversations with them about the technical aspects of the service but evidently the discussion on the aesthetics and markings wasn’t covered. We’ve come to a resolution with them – the poles will come down. The bunnies will stay.”
We rode up and down Bellaire this afternoon and saw several blank poles that seemed to be up near bus stops, but maybe those are other blank poles and not METRO’s. — Olivia Flores Alvarez