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Houston METRO Board of Directors
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy METRO
Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County Board of Directors today voted unanimously to approve a contract modification with Wells Fargo & Co. to extend METRO's banking services contract for an additional year and to increase the maximum authorized payment by $80,687, for a new maximum contract amount of $454,837.

The board voted to approve the proposed times dates and place for the 2019 Board of Directors regular meetings.

The board voted to approve a contract with Brown Consulting and FTI Consulting for legislative coordinating consulting services for the upcoming legislative session in the total combined amount of $950,000.

The board voted to extend an agreement with Harris County for park and ride services in Baytown for an additional 12 months.

The board voted to approve an interlocal agreement with the City of Conroe for the operation of regional park and ride and commuter services from Conroe to the Veterans Medical Center for a period of three years with two one-year options

All items were approved. All votes were unanimous with Board Member Don Elder, Jr. absent. Agenda

During the meeting, Chief Technology Officer Randy Frazier gave an update on METRO's Bus Stop Beacon Project.

“We wanted this technology to help our customers,” Frazier said. “We wanted to help them navigate more easily to the bus stops, to our platforms and to our bays at the transit center.” Listen (6:32)

The project is being implemented into all of the stops in METRO's system and is being integrated into the METRO app. Frazier discussed updates to the interface in the app, including “pulse vibrations”, which cause phones to vibrate with increasing frequency when approaching the desired bus stop or location.

Frazier said a new website has been launched that will contain information on features of the beacon system to assist customers.

Board Member Lex Frieden noted the significance of the rollout.

“Today it's literally phenomenal in the industry,” Frieden said.

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