Archive for February, 2012

Ride METRO to the Rodeo
February 28, 2012


The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (HLSR) concert series kicks off tomorrow night and METRO has the “horsepower” to get you there. So, mount up and take a seat onboard METRO for a price that won’t break your wallet.

METRO is offering rodeo-goers three shuttle options to get to the show, Feb. 28 through March 18.

Tickets are available at the kiosks inside the listed Park & Ride locations.  Use your METRO Q® Fare Card to build toward your rider rewards of five free trips for every 50 paid rides.

Shuttle Hours to Reliant
Weekdays: 5:00 p.m.  – 9:00 p.m.
Weekends: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Last shuttle returning to Park & Ride
Monday – Thursday & Sunday: 1:00 a.m.
Friday and Saturday: 2:00 a.m.

I-45 Gulf Frwy: HOT Lanes
February 17, 2012

Gulf Freeway drivers have a new commuting option to combat gridlock – METRO’s HOT Lane

The congestion-fighting concept is simple – drivers without passengers will now be able to use the HOV system by paying a toll, on the I-45 South HOT Lanes, prices range from $1 to $4.50, based on the time of day and level of congestion.

The Gulf Freeway is the first corridor in METRO’s 84-mile HOV network to undergo the transformation, with US 59 South, IH-45 North, US 290 and US 59 North to follow. A gradual opening of the HOT Lanes started on Monday, Feb. 13. The grand opening occurs Monday, Feb. 20.

Cash is not accepted in the HOT Lanes but drivers will be able to use any of the following authorized toll tags: Metro HOT Lanes Toll Tag, Harris County EZ Tag, TxDOT’s TxTAG or the Dallas NTTA Toll Tag.

In addition to posting updates regarding METRO’s HOV-HOT Lane conversion on the agency’s website, METRO also launched an educational campaign – I Hate Houston Traffic, which included billboards, radio spots, and print and digital ads.  The agency invited the congestion-loathing community to its Facebook and Twitter sites to open up the conversation about the project, educate and answer questions.


Major Bridge Repair: Downtown
February 9, 2012

Not your everyday bridge deck repair

“TxDOT contractor to lift and rotate bridge deck”

A segment of the IH 10 Katy Freeway westbound connector ramp to IH 45 North, one of the oldest bridge structures in the Houston District, will undergo a unique repair that will correct shifting of the roadway.

TxDOT engineers have developed an innovative plan to repair the connector which has moved slightly out of place to prevent it from becoming a hazard to the traveling public. Specialized crews will lift a portion of the connector with large cranes and rotate it back into place. Once the span is back in place, additional repairs will be made to strengthen the structure.

“Over the 40 years of the life of this bridge we’ve experienced numerous contraction and expansion cycles due to the heat of the summer and (the cold) of the winter,” said Q Allen, TxDOT. “The expansion and contraction have allowed, over time, the span of the bridge to rotate.”

Crews will need to close the ramp for approximately ten consecutive days

***CLOSED: Friday, February 10 at 9 p.m. until Monday, February 20 at 5 a.m.

Detour: To the Heights Blvd. exit.

The Travis Street connector ramp to IH 45 North Freeway will also be closed during the smae period. This will impact motorists trying to enter IH 45 North Freeway northbound from downtown. Also, one right lane of Travis northbound between Commerce and Girard in downtown will be closed.

Also, all other downtown traffic destined to IH 45 North Freeway northbound can also use Walker to access IH 45 North Freeway northbound. Motorists are encouraged to use Capitol, Prairie, and Congress St. to reach Walker to access IH 45 North Freeway northbound.
HOV lanes will not be affected.