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  1. This came in the e-mail this morning. -------------------- METRO RIDERSHIP CONTINUES TO RISE AGENCY POSTS SIXTH STRAIGHT MONTH OF GROWTH More people are riding METRO buses and rail more often. METRO ridership is on the rise for a sixth consecutive month, recording a 5.2 percent increase to 6,357,131 boardings in January 2012 compared to 6,043,280 in January 2011. “Thanks to our focus on smart service and service changes to improve the system, we have been able to take advantage of the improving economy to deliver first-class transit to our community,” said METRO President & CEO George Greanias. Upward METRO Ridership Trend Continues for Sixth Consecutive Month Local bus and Park & Ride - January, 2011: 5,277,229 Local bus and Park & Ride - January, 2012: 5,455,106 MetroRAIL - January, 2011: 766,051 MetroRAIL - January, 2012: 902,025 METRORail ridership posted a 17.7 percent increase to 902,025 boardings compared to the 766,051 recorded in the same month last year. Park & Ride and local bus service jumped to 5,455,106 boardings versus 5,277,229 in January 2011. The continued growth is due in large part to increased employment in the area and METRO’s ongoing system adjustments to improve efficiency. Though there is currently no link between the agency’s growth in ridership and rising gas prices, METRO offers many alternatives to move about the city, and welcomes new riders and returning patrons. The latest transit savings report from the American Public Transportation Association shows that riding public transit saves about $9,914 a year. About METRO 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.
  2. Got this in the e-mail this week. I know there are a lot of food truck fans on HAIF. And if you have any pictures of food trucks, send them to our sister site http://lunchtim.es e-mail editor@lunchtim.es Houston Mobile Food Units Seek Changes in City Regulations HOUSTON (August 29, 2012) – The Houston Mobile Food Unit (MFU) Collective will present City Council Members with stakeholder-driven Ordinance changes in September, which will further promote business growth and entrepreneurship in Houston. The proposed Ordinance changes will eliminate the 60-foot distance between Mobile Food Units; allow 1 propane (LP) permit to cover multiple locations; provide access to existing seating areas and provide limited seating of their own; lift the LP ban within the District of Limitations, opening up the downtown area for service. “Currently, propane use is restricted in Houston’s central business district, which limits most mobile food units from operating in the area. MFUs attract crowds and bring activity to the areas they occupy; the proposed Ordinance provides a unique opportunity to revitalize and reenergize spaces that could benefit from increased activity,” said Joanna Torok, co-owner of Oh my! Pocket Pies. In an effort to promote controlled industry growth, the Collective believes the Ordinance changes will strengthen Houston’s economy by directly contributing to the success of local businesses. The MFU business model offers affordable access to the city’s rich culinary culture. These changes will add to Houston’s current successful reputation in entrepreneurship, and will further increase the city’s standing as a desirable travel destination in Texas. “Houston has earned a reputation for supporting local establishments and fostering the growth of businesses, both large and small”, says Joe Phillips, co-owner of Oh my! Pocket Pies. “Approving changes to support mobile food units will directly contribute to the success of local, small businesses, and will allow them to grow, strengthening our city’s economy.“ The MFU Collective is scheduled to present the Ordinance to Mayor Parker and City Council Members on September 26, 2012. To support the ordinance, the MFU Collective suggests attending the City Council meeting, sending in a letter of support to the Mayor and Council Members, and signing the public petition at participating mobile food vendor locations. Additional information can be found online: www.MFUHouston.com # About Houston’s Mobile Food Unit (MFU) Collective We are a collection of micro-entrepreneurs looking to further increase our city’s unique and affordable food options and business successes. Comprised of devoted mobile food vendors, this collective group seeks to motivate positive change through education, dedication and collaboration. Houston’s Mobile Food Movement has begun… United we Roll!
  3. From the Houston Public Lieberry: Tween Pix Contest at the Houston Public Library The Tween Pix Contest is happening at the Houston Public Library. All Tweens ages 11-13 that love to take photographs of people, animals and scenery are invited to participate in the contest. The deadline to submit all photographic entries is Friday, March 1, 2013. Only individual submissions will be accepted. Ribbons will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners. The winning photographs will also be exhibited on the fourth floor of the Central Library. Tweens whose winning photographs are selected will be contacted before the exhibit. For more details, please visit www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313. This contest is free and open to the public. Tween Pix Contest Guidelines: Only Tweens ages 11-13 years old may enter. All photographs must be the Tween's original work. Photographic topics are scenery, people and animals. All photographs will be previewed for content. Photographic content must be acceptable for family viewing. Photographs may be cropped, and the tool to eliminate red eye and basic color correction is allowed. However, no electronic editing, including Photoshop, will be accepted. Each photographer must submit one printed 8x10 photograph and a digital version of the photograph in .jpg format. Individual submissions only. No group submissions will be accepted. Submit only copies, not original work. Deadline: All entries must be submitted by Friday, March 1, 2013. Entries will be accepted at: Central Library | 4th Floor — Kids Room | 500 McKinney, Houston, TX 77002 Email digital version in .jpg format to: children.reference@houstontx.gov About the Houston Public Library The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.
  4. http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Greanias-stepping-down-as-Metro-CEO-4119765.php Damn shame, he was really turning the agency around. I'd wager it has something to do with the recent GMP referendum. The wonderful pundits and analysts of the Chronicle's comments section said we need someone with "transportation experience" this next go round. Well, Shirley DeLibero and Frank Wilson had decades of transportation experience between them and we all know how that turned out. Let's see what comes of this.
  5. Got this e-mail today. The New METRO set the bar last year by placing its check register online, earning a top rating from the Texas State Comptroller and this year, the agency raised it. The Comptroller renewed the agency’s Gold Leadership Circle Award, scoring 18 of 20 possible points (compared to 13 of 15 in 2010) on the Comptroller’s improved rating criteria. “We know we’re making progress towards the openness and transparency that will make us a trusted community partner, but it still means a lot when someone outside the Authority recognizes that fact,” said METRO President & CEO George Greanias. METRO was scored on what the Comptroller classifies as major and minor criteria such as: check register, financial transparency webpage, easy access to financial documents in three clicks or less and searchable check registers, among others. When the New METRO Board was sworn in a year-and-half ago, it recognized the importance of financial transparency in an effort to engage the community and build trust. METRO has since consolidated check registers, three years of budgets, three years of financial reports, bond disclosure documents, and instructions on filing an open records request onto a single webpage, click here. The agency also streams its board meetings, committee meetings and public hearings live on its website. The Gold Leadership Circle award is valid for a year at which point METRO can reapply for the distinction. When visiting the Comptroller’s website, you’ll find a gold insignia located next to METRO’s name, click here.
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