The Next Stop: METRO's Podcast

Hosted by Doug Delony, The Next Stop spotlights METRO riders, city and neighborhood representatives and experts in transit research.

Topics include new transit initiatives, METRO business and career opportunities, safety tips, sustainability and more.

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Latest Episodes


Doug Delony takes a look back on some of the accomplishments and stories you may have missed from METRO in the last year. We are looking forward to another great year in 2023!

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METRO Urban Designer Brandie Lockett joins Doug Delony to discuss the positive impact that urban design has on public spaces. Also, don't be surprised when you see new art popping up along the METRO system.

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Members of the METRO Police Department join Doug Delony to discuss the important work that is being done every day to help those experiencing homelessness.

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Careers & Human Interest


Doug Delony takes a look back on some of the accomplishments and stories you may have missed from METRO in the last year. We are looking forward to another great year in 2023!

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METRO Urban Designer Brandie Lockett joins Doug Delony to discuss the positive impact that urban design has on public spaces. Also, don't be surprised when you see new art popping up along the METRO system.

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Members of the METRO Police Department join Doug Delony to discuss the important work that is being done every day to help those experiencing homelessness.

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Gas prices remain high, have you considered METRO's vanpool service? Danicel Whitaker and Dezra Nauls from STAR Vanpool join Doug Delony to explain why you need to give it a try.

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There will always be a need for public transit, and there will always be a need for public transit employees. In this edition of The Next Stop, we’re talking job stability and perks of the job at Houston METRO.

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Considered the Queen Transit, Shirley DeLibero shattered barriers and built vital transit connections across the country during her history making career. In this edition of the Next Stop, DeLibero shares the powerful story of her professional journey and how her determination built a brighter future for the communities she served.

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Safety & Security


Rachel Maleh, Executive Director of Operation Lifesaver, joins METRO's Doug Delony to talk about the dangers of not paying attention around tracks. You'll also hear from METRO trainers Ruben Zepeda and LaMechea Mallett.

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As we celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we look at the incredibly important job of a METRO trainer. Listen as METRO's Doug Delony visits with METRO Trainer Tyrone Scott.

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Joshua Zuber with AAA drops by The Next Stop to share the real-life consequences of distracted driving. Even a brief distraction can be deadly!

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METRO Police Chief Vera Bumpers and METRO President & CEO Tom Lambert reflect on the METRO Police Department's 40 years of public service to the Houston region.

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Jay Blazek Crossley from Farm&City joins METRO's Doug Delony to talk about pedestrian safety, Vision Zero and what drivers need to know.

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This episode explores the ways METRO is working closely with Vision Zero Houston to make our streets safer and end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.

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Projects & Technology


Bryant Chan and Noah Fons from Houston Exponential join METRO's Doug Delony to discuss the upcoming Tech Rodeo Roadshow. Everyone is welcome, and the Red Line will be the best way to make sure you don't miss out.

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So how does route planning work anyway? From planning to evaluation, METRO has a talented team working behind the scenes to plan the routes and get riders where they need to go. In this episode, the head of METRO’s service planning explain how it works, and why even the most thoughtful plans sometimes have to quickly change.

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A new METRO route is expanding access and opportunity in one of the Houston’s busiest and most diverse neighborhoods. In this episode, learn how a collaboration between stakeholders and METRO paved the way for the Gulfton Circulator.

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METRO is rolling towards a more sustainable future as it develops a climate action plan. Zero-emissions vehicles are part of those plans starting with the addition of battery electric buses to METRO's fleet.

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METRO customers will soon have a new amenity to enjoy while riding, free Wi-Fi. The METRO Wi-Fi Network is being deployed across the transit network in buses, paratransit vans and trains. In this episode, we learn about the program and how this feature will help customers do more while enjoying their rides.

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The world of microtransit service is expanding. Transit agencies across the country are announcing more customized, curb to curb type services. This episode explores the growth of microtransit service at METRO. It examines how technology and this form of transit's ability to fill service gaps is driving the expansion.

Getting Around


Ed Ryland and Tiffany Ryland of ARVO Realty Advisors come by The Next Stop to share their story of using METRO for a day and why everyone should give it a try.

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In this edition of the Next Stop, we check in with Houston BCycle. We discuss how the growing bike share non-profit is helping more transit riders to reach their destinations and gain a new perspective of the city from two wheels. We also discuss how to make our streets safer for cyclists, pedestrians, transit riders and drivers. As well as, upcoming cycling events.

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Transit isn't only about buses and trains. METRO has found a two wheel solution to help connect riders to transit. In this episode, we learn how METRO's bike lane projects are creating vital connections to service and what armadillos have to do with it all.

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Business with METRO


From landscaping to major capitol projects, small businesses provide vital services to help METRO operate. This episode explains how small business owners can learn about opportunities and programs METRO offers.

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