Mobility & Transportation

Transportation, Technology, and Infrastructure Council Committee Meeting, Feb. 12

February 8, 2018 • Continue Reading »

Attached is the Transportation, Technology, and Infrastructure (TTI) Council Committee agenda – scheduled for Monday, February 12 at 10:00 a.m., City Hall Council Chambers (901 Bagby St., 2nd Floor).

  1. Welcome Remarks – Council Member Larry Green, Chair
  2. Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Regional Demographic Forecast
    • Dr. Pramod Sambidi, Demographer, Houston Houston-Galveston Area Council
  3. Automated Meter Reading (AMR) Migration Strategy
    • Sherri Winslow, Deputy Director, Customer Account Services, Houston Public Works Dept.
  4. Houston Information Technology Services Updates
    • Lisa Kent, Chief Information Officer, Houston Information Technology Services Dept.
  5. Public Comments

The Special-Called Joint TTI and Regulatory & Neighborhood Affairs Committee meeting is also scheduled for Monday, February 12, but at 2:30 p.m. (See Agenda below)

Please contact Donald Perkins at 832.393.3016 if you have any comments to questions.

Download the TTI Agenda

Download the Special-Called Meeting Agenda

CANCELED: Transportation, Technology, and Infrastructure Committee meeting Jan. 22

January 19, 2018 • Continue Reading »

The January 22, 2018 Transportation, Technology, and Infrastructure (TTI) Committee meeting has been canceled. The next regularly scheduled meeting is Monday, February 12.

2018 TTI Committee meeting schedule

January 2, 2018 • Continue Reading »

The TTI Committee generally meets at 10:00 a.m. in City Hall Council Chambers (see schedule below).

  • Monday, January 22, 2018
  • Monday, February 12, 2018
  • Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Monday, July 16, 2018
  • Monday, August 20, 2018
  • Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Monday, October 15, 2018
  • Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Monday, December 10, 2018

Note: The TTI meeting start times may vary depending on the agenda topics. For example, instead of the 10:00 a.m. start time, the committee might start at 9:30 a.m. Donald Perkins will note appropriate meeting time on committee meeting agenda via notification.

Please contact Donald Perkins at 832-393-3016 if you have questions.

Free METRO Rides for Students Extended Through October

October 2, 2017 • Continue Reading »

METRO is extending its free rides to all area students through Oct. 31, 2017. Many families are still dealing with limited transportation options and disrupted schedules since Hurricane Harvey, and METRO continues to help. Students are encouraged to show their student ID and do not tap the METRO Q® Fare Card when boarding.

Harvey Recovery Free Ride Facts
• Free rides for all students K- College
• Free rides for parents escorting students
• High school and college students must present student ID before boarding
• Offer through Oct. 31, 2017
• Information about METRO’s routes and schedules can be found at RIDEMETRO.org.

Students Ride METRO for Free Through September

September 9, 2017 • Continue Reading »

METRO is offering free rides to all area students through Sept. 30, 2017. Many families are left with limited transportation options and disrupted schedules since the storm. Parents accompanying students to school may also ride for free.

Harvey Recovery Free Ride Facts
• Free rides for all students K- College
• Free rides for parents escorting students
• High school and college students must present student ID before boarding
• Offer through Sept. 30, 2017

“The road to recovery is a long one for so many people in our community. We hope the free riders will remove some stress for parents and students as they return to school,” said METRO Chair Carrin Patman.

METRO staff worked around the clock to get nearly all of the routes running again. A handful are detoured, abbreviated or combined due to high water. More buses are being used to meet higher ridership demands.

“We’re going to be very flexible and adapt services to meet the needs of our community,” said METRO President & CEO Tom Lambert.

Information about METRO’s routes and schedules can be found at RIDEMETRO.org.

Customer Note: Some printed schedules, METRO’s Trip Planner, and Next Bus Texting may not be accurate due to route variations related to the storm.

METRO NEXT – Open House, Aug. 7

August 1, 2017 • Continue Reading »

What’s next for METRO… It’s up to you!

June 22, 2017 • Continue Reading »

METRO is embarking upon the development of a new regional transit plan – METRONext – and they need you to be a part of it! Their transit system must help people get to where they need to go today, as well as in the future. They welcome your ideas on how to better serve the needs of our current customers, as well as your help in developing strategies to attract new customers to the transit system. Now is the time to start planning for the future.

Please see the attached meeting schedule and join them at an upcoming community open house to learn more about METRONext and share your vision for future transit in the greater Houston region.

http://www.ridemetro.org/Pages/Regional-Transit-Plan.aspx

Dump the Pump – Thursday, June 15th – FREE Rides on METRO

June 13, 2017 • Continue Reading »

On Thursday, June 15th, “Dump the Pump” Day will be held. This annual national initiative raises awareness about the benefits of using transit and encourages people to ride transit instead of driving and save money. METRO will provide FREE rides on local, park and ride and light rail service all day.

Take a look at the commuter calculator found on the METRO web site to see just how much you can save using METRO on a regular basis.

METRO Summer of Fun Pass/QR Card for K-12 Students

May 31, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Get ready for a summer of fun! METRO is taking students to all the fun for FREE with the Student Summer of Fun Pass. It gives K- 12 students free rides on METRORail, local buses and Park & Ride services June 1, 2017 through Sept.1, 2017.

The fun continues even when students head back to class. After September 1, 2017, the Summer of Fun Pass automatically converts to a discounted METRO Student QR Fare card which is coded with a 50 percent student discount. When students reload the card with money, they will automatically get half off the full fare, which means the savings continue!

There are three ways to apply for the pass:

1.Online at RideMETRO.org under the Summer of Fun Link.
2. In person at the METRO RideStore located at 1900 Main or 1001 Travis St.
3. Call 713-635-4000 to request a mail-in application.

Summer fun is waiting and METRO can get you there!
For more information on the program visit RideMETRO.org or call 713-635-4000.

City of Houston Launches ParkHouston Mobile Parking App

May 24, 2017 • Continue Reading »

The City of Houston and Parkmobile, LLC have partnered to launch a custom parking app for mobile payments called ParkHouston. The application allows parkers to use their mobile devices to pay for parking at the 9,200 metered, on-street parking spaces throughout the city. Customers using the ParkHouston app can pay for parking with their smartphones using a free mobile application available for iPhone and Android.

“We want parking in Houston to be as easy as possible,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “The ParkHouston app lets Houstonians park, pay, and be on their way with the touch of a button. ParkHouston offers a customized experience for Houstonians, but still allows visitors to benefit from the nationwide Parkmobile network.”

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with the City of Houston to bring a city-centric, mobile payments solution to their residents and visitors,” said Jon Ziglar, CEO of Parkmobile, LLC. “This service makes paying for parking fast and simple, enhancing the customer parking experience. Parkmobile and ParkHouston have worked together to refresh the existing program, and we look forward to continue working with them to offer drivers an easier, more efficient way of parking.”

Additionally, Parkmobile is offering a resident discount program for ParkHouston customers. Beginning May 29, 2017, Houstonians will be eligible to use the ParkHouston or Parkmobile app with no convenience fee—a savings of about 35 cents per parking session. To enjoy the app for free, Houstonians will need to submit proof of residency. For more information please visit www.parkhoustontx.org.

By simplifying the public parking experience, drivers no longer need to search their car for loose change or check their watch to see when the meter expires. The app allows customers to effortlessly input payment information, while also sending a 15-minute reminder before the meter expires. To add more time, customers don’t even need to walk back to the car – it’s as easy as pushing a button. Compliance Officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with the ParkHouston app using their wireless handheld devices.

Parkmobile has operated in Houston since 2011. Current Parkmobile customers can still pay for parking in Houston using their Parkmobile app or upgrade to the new ParkHouston app. To set up an account, customers download the mobile app from the Apple or Google Play store and sign up using their mobile number, or by calling. Once registered, parkers can immediately begin using the app with their registered mobile device or call the toll-free number to pay for parking. A toll-free number is posted on signage near the meters for those without a smartphone to make on-street payments.

About ParkHouston

ParkHouston supports the City of Houston’s economic development by providing superior customer service, investing in cutting-edge technologies, and actively collaborating with stakeholders. As a solution-focused division of the Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department, we service and maintain over 9,200 on-street parking spaces across the City. We create sound parking management strategies for commercial and residential areas that enhance pedestrian safety, ensure a smooth flow of traffic, and allow emergency vehicles to reach their destinations. ParkHouston also works to create more sustainable communities by reducing congestion and supporting alternative modes of transportation. For more information, visit us at www.parkhoustontx.org, on Twitter @HouParking, on Instagram @ParkHouston or on Facebook.com/ParkHouston.

About Parkmobile

Parkmobile, LLC is the leading provider for on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off-street parking. Their services have been adopted in more than 2,000 locations, including 37 of the top 100 cities in the U.S. by millions of registered users. Parkmobile’s services include on-street parking, off-street parking deck, airport and event reservations, and municipal parking permit solutions. Parkmobile serves over 20 airports as well as provides reserved parking solutions for private operators, the Super Bowl, the College Football Championship Series, Fenway Park, and Nationwide Arena, to name a few. For more information, visit us at www.parkhoustontx.org, on Twitter @HouParking or on Facebook.com/ParkHouston.