METRO Continues Safety Initiative Along Light Rail Lines

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Release Date:  Monday, July 28, 2015

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The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is the region’s largest public transit provider, offering safe, reliable and affordable transportation services about 370,000 times per day. METRO operates more than 1,200 buses, and METRO's New Bus Network is coming August, 2015. For a good picture of where we are headed see our new system map. METRO's expanded light-rail system includes the Red Line (Main Street and Northline extension), Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast). Other METRO services include: Star Vanpool, METROLift, HOV lanes, HOT lanes, Bikes-on-Buses/Trains program, Park & Ride, and road improvement projects. Learn more about METRO by visiting where you can download information about our T.R.I.P. app and our interactive rider tool METRO 360 [take a seat].  


METRO Reminds Everyone to Respect the Rail

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is continuing its efforts to educate the community about safety along the light-rail lines.  As part of that initiative, METRO Board members, Diann Lewter and Jim Robinson, President and CEO, Tom Lambert, and members of METRO's Safety Team gathered along the Purple Line near the University of Houston to share ongoing initiatives.

"We've been concerned with the uptick in accidents and we're doing everything possible, including looking at enforcement and engineering, to make our system safe," said Board member, Jim Robinson.

"Our rail safety education began even before rail construction started," said Board member, Diann Lewter. "We want to remind everyone to do what we learned as children; stop, look and listen.  Trains don't swerve and can't stop quickly."

"Safety is our number one priority at METRO and we never stop looking at ways we can improve our overall safety for people who use our system and the public as a whole," said President and CEO, Tom Lambert.  "So, we want to make sure we aggressively and continuously communicate our message through education."

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METRO's educational programs have included distributing 10,000 safety guides for drivers and cyclists to churches, community centers and schools along the light rail lines.

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  • METRO's award-winning school safety program launched in 2012
  •  34,000 students at 46 elementary, middle and high schools have participated
  •  20,000 newsletters and safety materials distributed at PTO meetings and school events
  • Safety information distributed in 78,000 City of Houston utility bills


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