Transportation

Metro Wants To Make Its Light Rail Trains More Visible

Houston’s transit agency is giving its light rail trains a paint job. They’re getting a big splash of color so you’ll see them coming.

In many other cities you’ll see light rail trains in all sorts of colors.  But Metro has maintained the same gray color scheme since it first started running the trains in 2004.  

After two cyclists were hit and killed by trains earlier this year, Metro board member Jim Robinson says it’s time to make some changes.

“Well the trains are both hard to see because of the silver-gray color,” says Robinson. “They literally melt into what I would call the urban canyon and they’re quiet.”

Stripes and wrappings have already been added to some of the trains.  Now Metro is spending $326,000 to add big red and blue stripes to the rest of the fleet. That includes over 60 vehicles.

Metro CEO Tom Lambert says it’s part of an overall effort to make things safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

“There’s a lot more we’re doing with the traffic engineering group,” adds Lambert. “We also have a traffic safety group that we brought in to take a look at all aspects of safety. We’ve made intersection improvements.”

Lambert says they hope to have the new red and blue stripes on all trains by the end of October.

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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