Mobility & Transportation

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.

Airport Boulevard Project – Hiram Clarke Road to FM 521

April 7, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Airport Boulevard

Purpose

TxDOT proposes to widen and extend Airport Boulevard from Hiram Clarke Road to FM 521 in southwest Houston, Harris County, Texas. The proposed project would include the construction of additional travel lanes, bicycle lanes, pedestrian sidewalks and a raised median with dedicated left-turn lanes at selected intersections. The first part of the meeting will be an open house format so citizens may come and go at their convenience, followed by a formal presentation and comment period.

Description

The proposed improvements include:

  • Connect two separate existing roadway segments of Airport Boulevard between Hiram Clarke Road and FM 521
  • Construct a four-lane boulevard within the project limits
  • Construct bridge structures at two Harris County Flood Control District channels
  • Add a variable width raised center median with dedicated left-turn lanes at selected intersections
  • Construct a dedicated bicycle lane along the outside of the eastbound and westbound travel lanes
  • Construct a pedestrian sidewalk along the eastbound and westbound travel lanes
  • Implement a curb and gutter drainage system and stormwater detention areas

The project purpose would offer the traveling public a west-east alternative to the limited existing west-east travel corridors in southwest Houston while improving the local traffic flow, efficiency and the safety of the traveling public. The proposed project would change access along residential streets in the Glen Iris subdivision. The project would bisect Woodkerr Street, Lightstar Drive and Ambrose Street. Woodkerr Street and Ambrose Street (north of proposed Airport Boulevard) would have modified cul-de-sac designs. A new roadway alignment is proposed to connect Lightstar Drive and Ambrose Street (south of proposed Airport Boulevard).

Approximately seven acres of additional ROW would be required for detention areas though no residential or non-residential structures would be displaced.

The hearing will be conducted in English. Persons who have special communication or accommodation needs, such as the need for an interpreter, are encouraged to contact the District Public Information Officer at (713) 802-5076. Requests should be made at least five days prior to the hearing. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate these needs. Comments must be received on or before April 21, 2017 to be part of the official hearing record.

The environmental review, consultation and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been carried-out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 16, 2014, and executed by the Federal Highway Administration and TxDOT.

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H-GAC Transportation Survey – asking for your assistance

February 4, 2017 • Continue Reading »

We are asking for your assistance with a survey CDS is conducting for the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC). It’s a region-wide community survey of public transportation service needs and opinions, including topics such as ride sharing, local bus service, park and ride service, and other types of public transportation services.

We’ve conducted a phone survey, and we are supplementing that with an online version. We need to get responses ASAP, so I’d appreciate it if you could forward the survey link to the various communities with which you’re involved as management districts, civic and business organizations, consultants, etc. H-GAC has sent out notifications directly to its member governments as well. We need to close the survey within ten days or so, thus time is of the essence.

We need the responses from residents of Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Brazoria, and Galveston counties.

Deadline is February 13, 2017

Take the Survery

IH 10 E/B Major Closures between Antoine and IH 45 for the week of Jan. 16 and the weekend of Jan. 20-23

January 16, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Please see below for information regarding the reopening of the remaining Houston Ave. Northbound Lane at IH 10. The reopening of this lane took place this morning.

No closures remain in place for this project at this time. However, major closures of the IH 10 Eastbound Mainlanes remain as previously scheduled for the weekend on 01.20.17 thru 01.23.17 to complete the remaining work under the Houston Ave bridge.

Motorists should expect delays and are strongly encouraged to seek alternate routes for the weekend of 01.20.17 thru 01.23.17.

TxDOT is continually partnering with our contractor as we work towards a goal of completing the emergency repairs for the Houston Ave. Bridge at the very earliest date possible.

The contacts for these closures are Bobby Cayton at 832.870.6212, Paul Eley at 281.536.3129, and Karen Othon at 281.686.8616.

Houston Ave. Northbound between Weber St. and White Oak: The remaining lane was reopened this morning.

IH 610 West Loop Southbound Direct Connector to IH 10 Eastbound: Total Closure Continuously between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour by following the IH 610 West Loop Southbound Direct Connector to IH 10 Westbound; Exit and U-turn at Chimney Rock/Wirt Rd., Follow the IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Rd to the next entrance ramp; Follow the IH 10 Eastbound Mainlanes to the direct connector to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound; Follow the IH 610 West Loop Northbound to the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound; Follow the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound to IH 45 Southbound; Follow IH 45 Southbound to IH 10 Eastbound.

IH 610 West Loop Northbound Direct Connector to IH 10 Eastbound: Total Closure Continuously between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour by following the IH 610 West Loop Northbound to the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound; Follow the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound to IH 45 Southbound; Follow IH 45 Southbound to IH 10 Eastbound.

IH 610 West Loop Northbound Entrance Ramp from Woodway to IH 10 Eastbound and Westbound: Total Closure Continuously between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour by following the IH 610 West Loop Northbound to the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound; Follow the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound to IH 45 Southbound; Follow IH 45 Southbound to IH 10 Eastbound.

H 10 Eastbound Mainlanes between Antoine and the IH 610 West Loop.: Alternate (Inside) Lanes Closed Continuously between 9:00 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17.(At least two outside Mainlanes will remain open at all times for local traffic only.) All thru traffic should detour via the direct connector to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound; Follow the IH 610 West Loop Northbound to the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound; Follow the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound to IH 45 Southbound; Follow IH 45 Southbound to IH 10 Eastbound.

Silber Entrance Ramp to the IH 10 E/B Mainlanes: Total Closure Continuously between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour by proceeding eastbound on the IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Road. Turn Left, (North) on North Post Oak; Turn Right, (East) on Old Katy Rd. Follow Old Katy Rd. to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound Frontage Rd.; Follow the IH 610 West Loop Northbound Frontage Rd. to West 12 th; Turn Right, (West) on W. 12 th and follow W. 12 th to Hempstead Rd.; Turn Left, (West) on Hempstead Rd. and follow Hempstead Rd. to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound Frontage Rd.; Follow the IH 610 West Loop Northbound Frontage Rd. to the Entrance Ramp from TC Jester.

IH 10 Eastbound Mainlanes between the IH 610 West Loop and the Exit to N. Shepherd/Durham: Alternate (Inside) Lanes Closed Continuously between 9:00 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. (At least one outside Mainlanes will remain open at all times for local traffic only. All local traffic must exit via the Shepherd/Durham Exit).

Washington Ave. Entrance Ramp to the IH 10 E/B Mainlanes: Total Closure Continuously between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour by proceeding either Northbound or Southbound on Washington Ave.

IH 10 Eastbound Mainlanes at the Exit to N. Shepherd/Durham: Total Closure Continuously between 9:00 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour by proceeding eastbound on the IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Road.; Turn Left, (North) on Shepherd Dr.; Turn Left, (West) on the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd.; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd. to the next Westbound Entrance Ramp; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Mainlanes to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound; Follow the IH 610 West Loop Northbound to the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound; Follow the IH 610 North Loop Eastbound to IH 45 Southbound; Follow IH 45 Southbound to IH 10 Eastbound.

TC Jester Entrance Ramp to the IH 10 E/B Mainlanes: Total Closure Continuously between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour by proceeding eastbound on the IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Road.; Turn Left, (North) on Shepherd Dr.; Turn Left, (West) on the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd.; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd. to the next Westbound Entrance Ramp; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Mainlanes to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound or Southbound.

Patterson Entrance Ramp to the IH 10 E/B Mainlanes: Total Closure Continuously between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour by proceeding eastbound on the IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Road; Turn Left, (North) on Yale; Turn Left, (West) on the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd.; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd. to the next Westbound Entrance Ramp; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Mainlanes to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound or Southbound.

Yale/Heights Entrance Ramp to the IH 10 E/B Mainlanes: Total Closure Continuously between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour by proceeding eastbound on the IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Road; U-Turn at Studemont; Turn Left, (West) on the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd.; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd. to the next Westbound Entrance Ramp; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Mainlanes to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound or Southbound.

IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Road at Studemont: No Left Turns for Trucks will be allowed onto Studemont Northbound from the IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Road between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Trucks will be allowed to U-Turn at Studemont and then proceed West on the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd. to the next Westbound Entrance Ramp; they can follow the IH 10 Westbound Mainlanes to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound or Southbound.

IH 10 Eastbound Exit to Taylor: Total Closure Continuously between 9:00 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour via the Exit to Shepherd/Durham; Turn Left, (North) on Shepherd Dr.; Turn Left, (West) on the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd.; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd. to the next Westbound Entrance Ramp; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Mainlanes to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound or Southbound.

IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Road at Taylor: Alternate lanes closed at Taylor between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17.

Taylor Entrance Ramp to the IH 10 E/B Mainlanes: Total Closure Continuously between 7:30 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17. Detour: Turn Left, (North) on Taylor; Turn Left, (West) on the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd.; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd. to the next Westbound Entrance Ramp; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Mainlanes to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound or Southbound.

Taylor N/B at the IH 10 Eastbound Frontage Road: Thru trucks will NOT be allowed to proceed North, beyond the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd. on Taylor between 8:00 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17.. Thru Trucks will Turn Left, (West) on the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd.; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Frontage Rd. to the next Westbound Entrance Ramp; Follow the IH 10 Westbound Mainlanes to the IH 610 West Loop Northbound or Southbound.

Taylor S/B at IH 10: 1 (Left), Inside Lane closed between 8:00 PM on Friday, 01.20.17 and 5:00 AM on Monday 01.23.17.

Multiple Off Duty Police Officers will be on site to assist.

Changeable message Signs were reset on Monday, 01.09.17.

These closures are weather permitting.