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#1 2006-02-14 08:11:33

Kevin
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METRO's planning a celebration

The Chronicle's Ken Hoffman reports that METRO is planning a big celebration:

METRO is throwing an outdoor 7 1/2 -mile-long party Feb. 27 to celebrate the 20-millionth passenger climbing aboard its light-rail train. METRO stat freaks say that'll be the day it happens.

The lucky passenger will receive two tickets on a Continental flight. If Victoria Osteen wins, there could be trouble.

There will be bands playing on all the train platforms between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Local pro athletes and media superstars will hand out scratch-off cards to hordes of METRO riders and fans. Prizes include a $500 gift certificate at Foley's, Houston Texans tickets, Houston Comets tickets and museum passes.

I've agreed to do this on one condition: The train operator promises not to hit me.

Good luck!

This self-congratulatory celebration sounds expensive. It's nice to see METRO being such a mindful steward of the public's transit money.



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#2 2006-02-14 09:44:24

Laurence Simon
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Re: METRO's planning a celebration

You know the old joke: "What's three miles long and has an IQ of 3? The St. Patrick's Day Parade

Well, METRO just came up with something that's even longer and more retarded. Way to go, METRO!

We don't have enough cops, but we have enough money for bands on every platform and scratchoff cards for a day. Yeah, this will convince Congress that we need federal funds to expand the thing along the Westpark corridor where we don't even bother running buses on Sundays... a big seven-and-a-half-mile-long party.

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#3 2006-02-14 09:53:38

Royko
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Re: METRO's planning a celebration

This proves my point.  METRO has collected $101.4 million in "Windfall" sales taxes, taken from you and me, in the past 30 days!

They can not be trusted with that much cash, as you see, instead of INCREASING any bus service to the poor, minority, elderly and handicapped bus transit dependent riders, they squander it on a "BOGUS" forced boardings celebration.


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#4 2006-02-14 10:37:22

mattbramanti
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Re: METRO's planning a celebration

METRO stat freaks say that'll be the day it happens.

That's assuming the train is actually running, and isn't brought down by some completely unforseeable calamity, like an inch of rain or a rat.

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#5 2006-02-14 10:40:13

Kevin
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Re: METRO's planning a celebration

Prizes include a $500 gift certificate at Foley's, Houston Texans tickets, Houston Comets tickets

So should those bolded items be considered prizes or punishment?

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#6 2006-02-14 13:17:24

CK
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Re: METRO's planning a celebration

Shame on Ken for participating in it.

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#7 2006-02-14 14:16:18

Laurence Simon
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Re: METRO's planning a celebration

Kevin wrote:

Prizes include a $500 gift certificate at Foley's, Houston Texans tickets, Houston Comets tickets

So should those bolded items be considered prizes or punishment?

Hey, now. I went to a Comets game at Compaq Center that actually had something interesting happen. One of the refs keeped over from a heart attack and had to be shocked back to life.

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#8 2006-02-14 23:17:53

Laurence Simon
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Re: METRO's planning a celebration

By the way, have they announced who will be performing at each platform?

Why do I get the feeling they'll be scraping the bottom of the barrel and ending up with terror-rappers like Arabic Assassin.

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#9 2006-02-15 01:36:25

yamadude
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Registered: 2005-12-14
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Re: METRO's planning a celebration

Another perfect example of the vision of metro. "Playing". Feb 27 is on a Monday. I can imagine that many people will be bothered and annoyed by all the extra noise / extra non-sense on the way to work. Metro already puts enough stress on everyone and here they go making the trip more miserable.

I see what Metro is trying to do. The plan is to "attract" people to the train. Its so sad to see a major organization using nightclub tactics to get people to use something thats suppose to not need "marketing techniques". Its a mass transit system. People are suppose to use it because it moves, not because they are giving stuff away. (If you use it.) Whoever is running the show probably frequents clubs and uses drugs. Because the idea is retarded and the theme is party and have fun.

The organization needs to be investigated. There is such serious waste and ridiculous things going on at Metro, its hard to imagine they can keep getting away with this.

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