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Houston METRO to Host Four Technical Tours

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO), host system for the 2014 APTA Annual Meeting & EXPO, has scheduled the following technical tours on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, Oct. 14 and 15. Attendees can sign up at the host desk in the registration area during the meeting. Registration numbers are limited.

METRORail Operating Facility. The Rail Operations Center is METRO’s principal rail facility, housing the majority of the agency’s rail fleet and serving as the base for vehicle testing, integration, training, and heavy repair. The facility’s design has received recognition by the American Institute of Architects.

METROLift Operations ­Center. METROLift manages more than 6,000 paratransit trips each weekday across a 751-square-mile area. The tour will feature discussions of the role of the transit center in eligibility determinations, scheduling processes for improved on-time performance, and ­dispatching contracted operators.

Houston TranStar-Emergency Management. Houston TranStar is a consortium of four government agencies that coordinate and enhance transportation and emergency management services, responding to freeway incidents and as well as large-scale emergencies in Southeast Texas. When emergency conditions arise, responders from throughout the region gather in an impressive 120-seat emergency management center facilitating efficient use of resources and the capability to coordinate a quick, effective response.

Arts in Transit. This tour provides an up-close look at METRO’s award-­winning Arts in Transit program. Twenty-four new stations on three light rail lines feature unique, original pieces of art celebrating Houston’s diverse culture, created by artists working with local communities.

A view of the Houston TranStar Emergency Management Center, one of the “must-see” tech tour stops during the 2014 APTA Annual Meeting & EXPO.

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