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All Aboard: Children's Art Project Designers Tour Metro Transportation Center

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By Will Fitzgerald, MD Anderson Staff Writer

Several young patients, along with their siblings, had the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Metro's Rail Operations Center this week. The children took turns driving in vehicle simulators, while doing their best to avoid cars and pedestrians, and also spent time in the cockpit of an actual train during a ride on Metro's closed course.

The trip was part of a collaboration between the Children's Art Project (CAP) and Metro, which began after Metro featured a CAP design on its 2010 holiday card. In exchange for the artwork, Metro placed CAP awareness banners in 700 of their vehicles.

Of course, this experience was about providing the young patients with a fun and unique learning opportunity. They especially enjoyed playing conductor and shouting over the train's speaker system to "take your seats" and "behave yourselves."The trip concluded with a heap of wide smiles and with one patient asking me, "When can we come back?"

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