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Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
by Jim Guidry
Thursday, January 26, 2012

The METRO Board of Directors approved service changes today and retained three routes originally proposed for discontinuation: 30 Clinton, 48 Navigation (Pleasantville branch) and 49 Chimney Rock. News Release Listen: MP3  RealPlayer

“Service changes are a regular part of our business,” said CEO George Greanias.  “I liken it to a group that has a series of stores.  Over time the demographics around those stores will change and they will have to re-think whether those stores are the right size, have the right mix of products, whether it needs to be open, closed, modified, shrunk .  We are in the same boat.  Our population, our community is not static.”

Kim Slaughter reviewed the changes for the board.  Document

The board voted unanimously to increase the FY2012 capital budget by $3.2 million to fund to allow METRO to start projects funded by Federal Transit Administration State of Good Repair grants.  The projects will include a data base to track asset condition and upgrade of the Kashmere and Hiram Clarke bus operating facilities.

The board voted 8-0-1, with Allen Watson abstaining, to authorize a reimbursement agreement with AT&T Texas for relocation of its telecommunications facilities to accommodate construction of the Harrisburg Grade Separation at the Union Pacific Railroad near Hughes Street.

All other agenda items were approved with unanimous votes.

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