METRO is excited about a new leadership development program called METRO Transit Academy that is designed to educate advocates about transit operations, initiatives and challenges.

The goal of the program is to enhance awareness about METRO, create partnerships with the community and develop a platform for transit advocacy efforts in the Houston region. A key component of the program is that participants will take their new knowledge and put it to use by designing individual action plans that they will implement in their community.

The first class graduated in March, but the next METRO Transit Academy begins Wednesday, June 6, 2012. It will consist of seven weekly evening sessions scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The class concludes Wednesday, July 25, 2012.

If you are interested, applications should be submitted no later than Tuesday, May 15, 2012. You can download an application here.

For more information regarding the METRO Transit Academy, please feel free to contact José Pulido, Community Outreach Representative at METRO at 713.739.4888 or via email at jose.pulido@ridemetro.org.