Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Houston Metro celebrates 100 million boardings

Houston Metro's 18 light-rail vehicles have traveled more than four million miles (the equivalent of five trips to the moon and back) recording 100 million boardings in the process, reaching the milestone four years ahead of schedule.

"This 100-million-milestone is incredible. What's more telling is the fact that it was done without any reserve cars. This clearly demonstrates that rail is a critical component to successful transit in the region," said Houston Metro Board Chairman Gilbert Garcia.

Along with the 100 million celebration, the agency unveiled two new rail cars. The first two Siemens S70 H2 rail cars roll into service April 9 at UH-Downtown station.

"With this milestone and next year's opening of three new rail lines, we're looking to the future while applauding the past," said Interim President and CEO Tom Lambert. "These two new rail cars will be joined by another 17 new Siemens H2 rail cars during the next year. This is great news for passengers and the entire community."

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