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METRO Redesign Update: Friday’s Show (October 28, 2016)

It’s been about 14 months since METRO redesigned its bus routes in Houston. When the redesign was launched, METRO touted it as a means to provide “simpler, faster, more frequent service.” A little over a year in, did it work? Has ridership increased? What still needs to be improved? On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]

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It’s been about 14 months since METRO redesigned its bus routes in Houston. When the redesign was launched, METRO touted it as a means to provide “simpler, faster, more frequent service.” A little over a year in, did it work? Has ridership increased? What still needs to be improved?

On this edition of Houston Matters, we ask METRO board member Christof Spieler. We also welcome your questions and comments about how METRO operates.

MORE: Rerouting Houston Buses (Full Series)
Part 1: The Tale Of Two Bus Routes (News 88.7, Aug. 10, 2015)
Part 2: Why Metro Is Making Big Changes (News 88.7, Aug. 11, 2015)
Part 3: When Public Transit Is Your Only Way To Get Around (News 88.7, Aug. 12, 2015)
Part 4: Will Metro’s Plan Get More People To Ride? (News 88.7, Aug. 13, 2015)
Video: One Metro Bus Driver’s Simulated Training

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Taking A Closer Look at the Downtown Parking Guidance Program

Houston City Council recently approved an agreement with TxDOT to secure funding for a downtown parking guidance system. City officials say there’s plenty of parking downtown; motorists just don’t know where it is. The city hopes this new system will help. We learn more from Maria Irshad, Assistant Director of Houston Parking Management.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of This Week’s News

A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on the Houston City Council passing a resolution of support for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s proposal to reform the city’s pension systems, and conspiracy theories about “rigged” voting/voter fraud in Texas. Our panel of non-experts this week includes Natalie Arceneaux, host of Your Business with C+A on KNTH 1070 AM, Marcus Davis, owner of The Breakfast Klub restaurant, and Joe Holley, “Native Texan” columnist and editorial writer for the Houston Chronicle.

The Houston Symphony Chorus at 70

Seventy years ago tomorrow (Oct. 29, 1946), the Houston Symphony Chorus held its first rehearsal. To learn more about the official choral performance arm of the Houston Symphony, we hear from the chorus director Betsy Cook Weber, in a piece produced by Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu.

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