The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is recognized by transit authorities as one of the best and safest in the nation. More than 125.3 million passengers rode METRO in 2006, up 7.1 percent from 2005. Since its inception in 1979, METRO has nearly doubled its ridership and tripled its bus fleet. Jan. 1, 2004, brought the beginning of regular service for METRORail's initial phase, a 7.5-mile light rail line serving the University of Houston-Downtown, the Central Business District, Midtown, the Museum District, Rice University , the Texas Medical Center and Reliant Park .  

METRO Statistics
Bus Fleet  1,218
Service area  1,285 square miles
Route miles – 2,652
Bus routes - 112 Miles of light rail - 7.5
Planned additional miles of light rail – 30 (to be completed in 2012)
Local one-way fare - $1

Houston ’s Taxi Fleet   
With more than 2,200 taxis in operation, it’s easy to get around Houston.   Approximate Cab Fares  - The City of Houston has authorized a flat taxi fare of $6 for all trips in the downtown area. This $6 fare would apply anywhere within the Downtown Business District, bounded by Interstate 45, Interstate 10 and U.S. 59.  The fare, in addition to increased downtown taxi stands, provides an easy alternative to driving to lunch, business meetings and activities throughout the downtown area.  For a fare calculator try

George Bush Intercontinental Airport to:

Downtown $43.00-$44.50
Reliant Park area $53.50-$55.00
Texas Medical Center $49.50-$51.00
Uptown/Galleria area $49.50-$51.00
Greenway Plaza $49.50- $51.00  

William P. Hobby Airport to:

Downtown $21.50-$22.50
Reliant Park area $26.00-$27.00
Texas Medical Center $26.00-$27.00
Uptown/Galleria area $44.00-$46.00
Greenway Plaza $31.50-$32.50        

Houston is well-served by a system of radial and ring highways that provide excellent access to markets outside the region. In the Houston Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA), 575.4 miles of freeways and expressways (55 percent of the planned system) are in operation.  

Houston is the crossroads for Interstates 10 and 45. Other major highways serving Houston are Loop 610, U.S. 59, U.S. 290, U.S. 90, Texas 288, Texas 225, Hardy Toll Road , Sam Houston Tollway, Westpark Tollway and the Grand Parkway (Texas 99). Houston also lies along the route of the proposed i-69 NAFTA superhighway that will link Canada , the U.S. industrial mid-west, Texas and Mexico.

If you do plan on driving, parking can be difficult to find, especially in the downtown. Parking Panda allows drivers to view available garage, lots, and valets in real-time to reserve parking in advance of a visit, event, or game. Just enter where you are going on the website or iOS and Android application, and you can purchase daily, event, and monthly parking for just about any location you search for throughout the city. 

For information about parking regulations,visit the Houston Parking Management Division website.