METRO ANNOUNCES 100 NEW BUS SHELTERS!

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“METRO’s Got You Covered” at another 100 bus stops throughout the service area with shelters designed to keep bus riders out of the elements and comfortably situated while awaiting the next bus.

At 9:30 AM on Tuesday, Sept. 25 the 100 th shelter for 2012 will be installed at 1106 W. Tidwell Rd. (at Wheatley St.) for patrons on the 40 Pecore route.

The ”METRO’s Got You Covered” program includes design and construction of new shelter foundations, and fabrication and installation of passenger bus shelters. The initiative makes good on METRO’s commitment to reinvest in the authority’s bus-system backbone.

“Bus shelters provide our patrons safety and cover from the elements,” said METRO Board Chairman Gilbert Garcia, “The installation of just one shelter has been shown to increase ridership by as much as 20 passengers per day.”

The shelters have been well received in neighborhoods throughout METRO’s service area. Adopting a shelter is easy. The program’s benefits and requirements are all on line. “We are happy to announce that God’s Grace Baptist Church has adopted this new shelter – one of about 2,100 in our system. We look forward to working with them and expanding the initiative to build more shelters in the years ahead,” said METRO President and CEO George Greanias. “This is a great example of one of our priorities of being a trusted community partner.”

For a bus stop to qualify for shelter placement, one or more of the following criteria must be met:

Boardings (ridership) (35+daily) Proximity to other routes-transfers Proximity to activity centers – areas of high population or employment Elderly/Physically Challenged Patrons Safety issues – lighting and crime

Requesting a shelter is simple. You can do so by visiting METRO’s Public Comment System or calling METRO’s Customer Care Center at 713-635-4000 or visiting the Downtown Transit Center at 1900 Main. If you prefer you can Email a request to: Pablo.valle@ridemetro.org