METRO ADDS WI-FI
Last October, METRO began a pilot program to offer complimentary Wi-Fi on select bus routes, as well as METRORail’s Green and Purple lines. The pilot project, which ended in January, received positive feedback from riders. In fact, nearly 4,000 riders took advantage of the free service. “Whether it’s surfing the web, checking emails or listening to the latest podcast, in our digital world, many people expect to always be able to be connected to the information they need,” said METRO Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Denise Wendler. “This is another way we’re working to improve the customer experience.” Wendler stated the goal is to have METRO’s entire transit fleet equipped with Wi-Fi accessibility by the middle of 2021.
P4 OFFICES REOPEN
On Monday May 18, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman’s Offices reopened to the public. The locations at 6831 Cypresswood Drive in Spring and 7900 Will Clayton Parkway in Humble resumed normal business operations; however, fingerprinting services will not resume at this time.
TAX-FREE ENERGY DAYS
Texas residents can save on the purchase of certain water- and energy-efficient products during the state’s Water-Efficient Products and ENERGY STAR sales tax holidays Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25. Eligible products that display a WaterSense label or logo can be purchased tax free for personal or business use. These include showerheads, bathroom sink faucets and accessories, toilets, urinals and landscape irrigation controls. The sales tax holiday also applies to lawn and garden products that help conserve water outdoors including soaker or drip-irrigation hoses; moisture controls for sprinkler or irrigation systems; mulch; and plants, trees and grasses. Also included are certain energy-efficient products displaying the ENERGY STAR logo including air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less, refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less, ceiling fans, fluorescent light bulbs, dishwashers, dehumidifiers and clothes washing machines.