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Houston universities envision boost from light rail

Rail| July 9, 2012
Upon completion in 2014, Metro's Southeast light rail line expansion could be ferrying thousands of people to and from the University of Houston and Texas Southern University, which proponents say will boost the allure of schools and city alike.

Houston Metro equips buses with air sterilization device

Bus| May 17, 2012
A team of graduating seniors from Rice University created, with the help of Houston Metro, a system for public transit that would continually clear the air in the bus of pathogens.
Bus| April 27, 2012

Houston Metro equips buses with air sterilization system

The device, designed by Rice University students, incorporates high-powered ultraviolet lamps that sterilize the air and has proven effective at killing 99.8% of the pathogens that circulate through the air-filtering system.
Bus| April 27, 2012

Houston Metro asking for bigger piece of sales tax

Looking to voters to decide whether more of a current 1% sales tax should go toward transit or continue diverting part of it for road projects. The agency could use the full tax for projects such as new bus shelters and light rail lines.
Bus| April 19, 2012

Anti-terror program monitors Houston Metro buses

Undercover officers are now riding selected buses as part of a pilot program focusing on counter-terrorism. The agency launched the program BusSafe last week by conducting a "sweep" of certain bus routes, stops and shelters.
Rail| March 26, 2012

Houston Metro achieves SBE commitment

To date, the SBE program numbers reflect contracts with 270 certified SBE businesses ranging from construction contractors working on utilities and roadway paving, to enterprises providing tools, traffic control signs and office supplies.
Rail| February 29, 2012

Houston Metro ridership up

Rail ridership alone posted a 17.7% percent increase to 902,025 boardings compared to the 766,051 recorded in the same month last year.
Rail| February 15, 2012

Texas explores Austin to Houston rail

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is considering a new passenger rail service proposal that would connect Austin with Houston, and several cities in between. The cost of the project would exceed $1 billion for startup and build-out.
Rail| November 30, 2011

Houston Metro CAF rail vehicle purchase moving ahead

The $153.1 million proposal submitted by the vehicle manufacturer is fully compliant with the FTA and Buy America guidelines and will now move forward with the news earlier this week that a Full Funding Grant Agreement is in place.
Bus| August 11, 2011

Houston Metro forced to cut costly airport service

Also referred to as route 500, the service launched in August 2008, offering patrons express service to George Bush Intercontinental Airport every 30 minutes for $15 one-way.

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