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Houston  artists John  Runnels and Dixie Friend Gay
MFAH Showcases Design for Communities
with Arts in Transit

Houstonians are invited to check out the art that light-rail extension communities have chosen to represent their neighborhoods. The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), joins METRO's Arts In Transit program to spotlight the work of 22 artists whose designs will be incorporated on light-rail stations now in construction on the East End, North and Southeast Lines. A reception was held for the artists at the MFAH recently. The exhibit, composed of original designs selected to represent different communities along the light rail, offers historical as well simply fun to look at  themes and designs for platform stations expected to be open in 2014. The exhibit will be on display at MFAH through October 10 during regular business hours.

East, North, and Southeast Lines Showing Real Signs of Progress

On N. Main (right) this steel rebar cage for Bent 20's column is being secured. Next, the column forms will be placed around the cage to form a cylinder which will then be filled with concrete. This was the last column that remained to be set from Naylor St. to Hogan St. You may remember this is where we picked up the 112-foot steel cage and lowered it into the drilled shaft.
Along Harrisburg you will see rail on the ground. In this photo cement is being poured to permanently install the new track.  Workers were keeping a careful watch on measurements - and the rail's heigth and width scrutinized with modifications made as necessary. Proper adjustment now will assure a smooth, safe ride and a durable track. First new rail laid on  Harrisburg September 2011
And on the Southeast Line, near downtown, the imprint of new rail is readily visible. It was another hot day but cameras rolled, community leaders clapped and you could feel the excitement as work crews got down to business installing the first light rail in Houston in ten years. The tracks can be seen in the area near McKinney and Paige and to the right you can see METRO and HRT staff giving a thumbs-up to that day's work!

Members of  METRO   and HRT staff give thumbs up for rail  installation

Armando Bermudez (left) with  Moody Park fans Operation Lifesaver Goal: Keep
Houstonians Safe Around Rail

Trains are big, fast and dependable – and as we introduce more of them to Houston it becomes even more important that safety be observed. Mike Martinez is one of several METRO staffers taking that message to communities like Moody Park with Operation Lifesaver. The certified volunteer speakers and trained instructors offer free rail safety education classes.

Still Mike wasn't prepared for the impact of the presentation on class member and community leader Armando Bermudez (far left). Bremudez told how his father, in 1959, was killed trying to climb over a stopped train in East Houston.  The Operation Lifesaver lesson plan is simple but effective - trains don't have steering wheels, it takes them a long time to stop, and they are very heavy. The lesson plan teaches people to "Look, Listen and Live".
                   To learn more or arrange for an Operation Lifesaver presentation visit

Sept. 20, 2011

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