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.
This self-congratulatory celebration sounds expensive. It's nice to see METRO being such a mindful steward of the public's transit money.
UPDATE (02-16-2006): METRO's Raequel Roberts informs us that the various prizes were donated, and that no public funding was involved.