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Houston is making strides toward improving its public transportation but the city is very spread out which makes for complications. It might take several transfers to get from point to point. METRO, the public bus system, has had it's trials over the years. The Park and Ride portion of the system is used mainly by commuters from the suburbs. Inside the city most folks would rather drive than attempt to use the bus.
METRORail is the light rail train that runs North and South from the northernmost part of downtown Houston to just South of the Reliant Stadium complex. The route includes the Texas Medical Center and the Museum District. If you’re staying at a hotel in downtown or the Medical Center area it can be a great alternative to driving. Future expansions are in the works that will connect more of the city to downtown.
For detailed information about METRORail and bus service, including routes and fares, go to:
The new Greenlink service started June 11, 2012, is a FREE shuttle service that links much of the downtown area including the GRB Convention Center and City Hall. Shuttles run every 10 minutes Mon – Fri 6:30 am to 6:30 pm.
Here is a link to great information about transportation to, from and around downtown Houston.
For an online map of Houston showing the route of the light rail and a few places of interest along the way, click here.