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Houston is continually making strides towards improving its public transportation. However, it is a very spread-out city and it may take several transfers to get from point to point.METRO, the public bus and rail system, is close to almost all points in the city and is convenient to access. The system also has a Park and Ride portion, used mainly by commuters from the suburbs.
METRORail is the light rail system. It currently includes 3 lines, with more in the works. The main line, Red, runs 12 miles from the mid-northern area to the mid-south, stopping at many points along the way. These include Downtown, The Museum District, The Texas Medical Center, Rice University, and Hermann Park. The METRORail runs every 6-12 mins during the daytime hours, everyday from early morning to late evening. Friday and Saturday nights, the Red Line extends into the late night hours.
Two other lines, The Green and Purple, serve the near eastern area. Destinations include The University of Houston and MacGregor park.
METROBus lines in Greater Houston comprise 78 regular bus routes, and 75 of those run every day.
A single ride on either METRORail or METROBus costs $1.25. Transfers to cash-paying customers are not offered, thus the best value would be to get a day pass for $3. These passes are available at METRO's headquarters in Downtown, (1900 Main, open M-F 8-5) or at various retailers throughout the city. That list of retailers can be found here.
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.
Any more questions? Call METRO Customer Service at 713-635-4000, Weekdays from 6 to midnight, and Weekends from 8 to midnight.
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.
Click here for the Houston METRO schedule information (METRORail and METROBus)
Click here for the Fare information