Transportation

METRO Clears CEO’s Finances

Posted on · At a special meeting, the METRO Board released a report which cleared CEO Frank Wilson of any wrong-doing related to his finances. It had been alleged that Wilson and his chief of staff, Joane Wright, improperly used METRO funds.

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METRO Lawsuit Filed

Posted on · Two longtime METRO employees have filed a lawsuit claiming they've had to work more than 40-hours a week with no overtime pay. Rod Rice reports.

Transportation

METRO Investigates Glare

Posted on · In the ongoing investigation of Monday's bus-light rail accident — METRO officials want to determine if something is wrong with traffic signals at the intersection of Main and St. Joseph Parkway. Laurie Johnson reports.

Transportation

Parker Targets METRO for Overhaul

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker says she expects reports from her transition team by the end of next month. Parker wants to make decisions on how to improve city services. One of her main focus areas is METRO. Laurie Johnson reports.

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New Satellite System Tracks Flights Over Gulf

Posted on · After 50 years of using an antiquated, patchwork system to keep track of aircraft operations in the Gulf of Mexico, the Federal Aviation Administration says a new satellite-based tracking system will improve both safety and efficiency for the hundreds of thousands of flights over the gulf. Jack Williams reports.

Transportation

New Bus Service for Eastern Harris County

Posted on · Eastern Harris County residents have new bus service. Harris County Transit Services used a 2.6 million dollar grant to add two routes to an area that hasn't had much mass transit since it opted out of Metro in the '80's. Rod Rice reports.

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Feds Give Key Approval to METRO's University Line

Posted on · There are many steps in the process of getting federal funds for transit systems across the country. METRO has just received a significant notice from the Federal Transit Administration. Rod Rice reports that FTA has approved moving forward on the next step of light rail in Houston.

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Feds Consider Transit Oversight That Could Affect Metro

Posted on · The federal government is considering establishing national oversight for transit systems across the country. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation as recently informed Metro's President and CEO that a panel of 25 experts from across the country will soon be impaneled. Rod Rice reports.

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METRO’s Political Future Uncertain

Posted on · With three new light rail lines already under construction and a fourth soon to break ground, METRO's chairman wants political leaders to restore full funding to the organization. As Laurie Johnson reports, Metro's physical presence in the region is growing, but that doesn't mean the money will follow.

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METRO Chair Reflects On Challenges, Accomplishments As The End Of His Term Draws Near

Posted on · The chairman of METRO today will deliver a "State of METRO" address. The Greater Houston Partnership is putting on the event, in which METRO Chair David Wolff will talk about the current status of light rail development, along with some of the logistical and political challenges facing the agency. Mr. Wolff sat down with KUHF's David Pitman to talk about those challenges. At the top of the list is the one-cent sales tax that came along with METRO's creation in the late 1970's.

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Bicyclists Want More Access to Light Rail

Posted on · While Houston is not the most bicycle friendly city, cycling advocates say commuting by bike here is growing. To increase what's called "inter modal" transit METRO has installed bike racks on its busses. Now cyclists want METRO to do something similar on its trains. Rod Rice reports.