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Car City Chronicles

Houston's free eco buses still searching for more riders: One year in, there's pride and some surprise

By Whitney Radley

It's been exactly one year since the Houston Downtown Management District, BG Group and Houston First Corporation came together to launch launch Greenlink, downtown Houston& ...


Transit Booty

METRO loves big buses: More massive accordion buses are taking over Houston's streets

By Whitney Radley

After several years of overcrowded bus routes, METRO is bringing back long buses to Houston's streets. (KUHF's Gail Delaughter first reported the news.)  At a midyea ...


Setting up Houston's future?

A $556 million bus transit plan: Widening of Post Oak touted, but critics wonder who will ride

By Whitney Radley

The City of Houston's revealed a plan to reduce traffic congestion in Uptown and replenish Memorial Park's canopy in one fell swoop.  Mayor Annise Parker dished on the details, whi ...


Free Rides

A more high-tech METRO: New train cars introduced in 100 millionth celebration

By Whitney Radley

Just nine years into operation, METRORail recently met a pretty crucial ridership achievement: Its 100 millionth boarding.  "This 100-million-milestone is incredible! What's ...


All aboard

Public transit common sense prevails: METRO brings back the Day Pass

By Whitney Radley

Public transit riders who have lamented the loss of the Day Pass will be happy to hear this news: The popular fare deal will be back in business later this year. The METRO Board of Directors vo ...


Give your input

Creating a bike town: Campaign pushes Houston to find its pedal power

By Whitney Radley

Do you bike or use public transit? Or do you dream of cycling to school or work but for fear of potholes and aggressive drivers? The Houston-Galveston Area Council and METRO want to hear from y ...


The Plush Bus

No more Austin for you! Megabus cancels one of its $1 routes, changes its pickup location

By Whitney Radley

Oh, how we celebrated the announcement of Megabus.com's Texas routes! Fares to Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and New Orleans starting at $1! Free Wi-Fi and clean restrooms! Double-decks to stretc ...


Taking the train

Free ride city? METRO gives out 12,000 Valentine's Day cards

By Whitney Radley

Volunteer staff from METRO stormed dozens of transit locations around Houston on Tuesday, greeting riders with cards for Valentine's Day.  This was part of Operation Thank You, the sec ...


On the Road

Functional public transit? Mapnificent makes Houston travel a cinch

By Steven Thomson

METRO is in the midst of brushing off a stigma of inefficiency and interminable wait times surrounding its sprawling system of bus routes. A new board was appointed in March 2010, and the agency is ...


Choo Choo

Chugging along: TxDOT receives funds to study high speed rail link between Houston and Dallas

By Steven Thomson

Is car-loving, free-wheeling Texas ready to take a highway hiatus in favor of high speed rail projects? Maybe. We're going to think about it for a couple of years, and then get back to you. ...


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