METRO AND CITY OF HOUSTON HOST NEWS CONFERENCE FOR
“RALLY AROUND THE RAILS DAY” ON MAY 22
WHAT The New METRO, in partnership with the City of Houston and Mayor Annise D. Parker, will host a news conference for “Rally Around the Rails Day” on Tuesday, May 22 at 10:30 a.m. at the Northline Transit Center (7705 Fulton, Houston, TX 77022), located on the future North Line Light-Rail Corridor.
With active construction underway on three new light-rail lines, excitement is building about Houston’s transportation future. Rally Around the Rails is a citywide grassroots initiative that encourages Houstonians to patronize mom-and-pop businesses located along the construction zones and show their support for better transportation options for us all.
WHO Speakers will include Mayor Annise D. Parker, METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia, METRO president and CEO George Greanias, and management district representatives.
Additional interviews will also be available with construction zone businesses owners.
WHEN & WHERE Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 10:30 a.m. Northline Transit Center 7705 Fulton Houston, TX 77022
WHY With nearly 500 businesses located in the Northside, East End, Southeast and downtown communities, Houstonians can experience each area while supporting construction zone businesses. For a list of businesses and to browse the neighborhood guides, click here.
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About our METRORail lines
Houston’s light rail service began with the 7.5-mile Main Street Line (Red Line). The line opened in 2004 and runs down Main St. from UH-Downtown through the Texas Medical Center to South Fannin. With 16 stations and 37,000 passengers per day*, it is one of the most successful and heavily traveled rail lines in the nation.
The METRORail expansion program lengthens the successful Main Street Line by 5.3 miles, adding eight stations. The extension is called the North (Red) Line, and it travels through the historic Northside. The East End (Green) Line has five stations and is 3.3 miles long, running from Harrisburg’s Magnolia Transit Center to a variety of downtown entertainment and business destinations. The 6.6-mile Southeast (Purple) Line begins downtown, runs along Capitol and Rusk and heads southeast to the Palm Center Transit Center at MLK and Griggs. This line adds 11 stations. For a detailed system map, please click here.
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. Besides operating more than 1,200 buses, METRO is currently expanding its 7.5-mile light-rail line (Red Line), with three new lines under construction. METRO’s services also include: Star Vanpool, METROLift, HOV lanes, HOT lanes, Bikes-on-Buses/Trains program, Park & Ride and road improvement projects. More information can be found on ridemetro.org