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MontroseNeighborhood
October 7th, 2003, 11:00 AM
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MacGregor Station
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Go where you want.

From Reliant Park to Downtown, the 7.5 mile METRORail line will give customers the freedom to travel to an assortment of popular attractions for the same fare as METRO's Local bus service. Beginning in 2004, get ready to travel to any of the following areas of interest:

Reliant Park: Home to RodeoHouston and the Houston Livestock Show, Reliant Center, the Houston Texans NFL team and Six Flags' AstroWorld. The Reliant Park area will be one of METRORail's most popular destinations.

Texas Medical Center: In addition to hosting some of the world's finest medical institutions, the Texas Medical Center offers retail shops and restaurants. The Houston Zoo is served by the most northern TMC station. If you work, volunteer, visit or go to school in the Texas Medical Center for any reason, METRORail will be an easy way to get there.

Hermann Park: One of Houston's oldest urban green spaces, Hermann Park is a destination for 5.5 million visitors each year. METRORail takes you to Hermann Park for a show at Miller Outdoor Theatre, to visit Rice University, to ride the Hermann Park Miniature Train or to visit the Japanese Gardens.

Museum District:Houston's historic Museum District is alive with the arts. Painting, sculpture, modern art, whatever you're interested in, you're sure to find it in one of the District's 10 museums. For those looking for something completely different, be sure to ride METRORail to the Holocaust Museum, Children's Museum, or the Museum of Health Medical Science.

Midtown: Fine dining, popular Asian cuisine, college and university campuses, upscale apartment living and some of the area's most popular nightspots make Midtown a most fashionable destination

Downtown: Newly revitalized and growing bigger and busier every day, Downtown is the place to work, learn, play, live and shop! And when METRORail comes on line in 2004, all this excitement will be within walking distance from one of METRO's pedestrian friendly stations.

Go when you want.

METRORail hours of service will be attuned to Houston's booming nightlife and after-hours venues, operating 20 hours a day on weekdays and 19 hours a day on weekends.

Beginning in 2004, METRORail will run approximately every six minutes during weekdays and about every 12 minutes during the evening and much of the weekend. For the Texas Medical Center rush periods and major event, like conventions and Downtown festivals, trains will be able to run every three minutes to accommodate large crowds. Traffic signal controls along the alignment will allow trains to move quickly through intersections. The ultimate capacity of METRORail will be 8,000 passengers per hour, per direction.
Coming to a neighborhood near you.

There are 16 METRORail stations along the line. Each station is unique and has been designed to reflect the distinctive characteristics of the neighborhood and community in which it is located. Metro will also build two new Transit Centers and a Park & Ride lot in association with these stations along the line.

See the map for the complete list of the METRORail Stations and their location.
Breathe easier with METRORail.

METRO's new electrically powered light rail system will release zero pollutants into the air and remove 1,200 daily bus trips from the corridor. This means less congestion and cleaner, healthier air for everyone.
Mobility here and beyond.

METRO is developing an all-inclusive transit plan that will offer short-term solutions and a long-term strategy to meet our growing transportation challenges. With this plan, people will enjoy better connections and faster, shorter trips. METRO’s plan will call for new and improved transit facilities and services, and transit improvements for each of the many high-traffic areas now being studied.

METRO’s plan will help to promote growth, improve air quality and make it easier to get around the region. The initial 7.5-mile METRORail line is just one component of this system plan. The rail line has been designed so that future branches can be added, if studies show a need and voters approve.

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Transit centers are sheltered waiting areas located where several bus routes converge. They serve as efficient "hubs" to allow bus riders from various locations to assemble at a central point to take advantage of express trips or other route-to-route transfers. Our clean, safe and comfortable transit centers provide bus patrons with a wider selection of destinations through greater transfer opportunities and provide their respective communities a permanent presence of transit service.

Park & Ride Locations

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HOV Area Map

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Recognized as the leading network of its kind in the world, METRO's High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) network continues to move commuters where they need to go quickly and efficiently. Built primarily for buses, the HOV also promotes ridesharing through vanpools and carpools, which reduces traffic congestion and provides cleaner, healthier air throughout the region.

Physically located in the center of most major freeways, our HOV lanes are a network of barrier-separated roadways that allow buses, vanpools and carpools to move higher volumes of passengers to and from Downtown, and other locations in between.

* METRO's HOV lanes facilitate almost 110,000 person trips each weekday, serving about 35, 000 vehicle trips that would otherwise continue traveling the main lanes.
* The average rush-hour speed on Houston freeways is roughly 24 miles per hours. HOV lanes maintain an operating speed of roughly 50-55 miles per hour, hence saving the average commuter 12 t0 22 minutes per trip
* Our HOV network is so efficient that it would take as many as 24 freeway lanes combined to equal the amount of rush-hour passengers traveling the HOV.

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TLOZ Link5
October 7th, 2003, 07:46 PM
Are any other light rail lines being planned for Houston?