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Getting Around in Houston

By Public Transit

The Metro ( services all of Houston via 100 bus lines. Geared towards weekday commuters, service extends as far north as the Bush Intercontinental Airport and as far south as Clear Lake near Galveston Bay. On weekends, however, service is far more limited in range.

Metro Rail is a seven and a half mile light rail line that runs between downtown, midtown, the museum district, the Medical Center, Reliant Park, and the Fannin South Park & Ride (which is a handy place to park and is located near the 610 loop). It costs $1 for a one-way ticket, $2 for a day pass.

The Metro Trolley offers free transportation in the downtown area only. Trolleys pass every 12 minutes.

The Uptown Shuttle (, a bus decorated as a trolley car, provides free service up and down Houston's famed Post Oak Boulevard. It stops at or near most of the strip's popular restaurants and shops.

By Taxi

There are lots of taxi companies in Houston. Most operate 24 hours a day and accept credit cards for payment. You'll find taxi stands outside major hotels, at the Galleria and scattered about downtown.

Outside of Downtown, don't expect to catch a taxi on the streets, but there are various cab stands located at various parts of downtown proper. Taxis in Houston are generally dispatched by various companies the largest being Yellow Cab.

Taxis are quick, but pricey. Charges are heavy for every mile. So, check before you get into one.

By Car

Because of Houston's staggering sprawl, a car is necessary. Its web of Interstates give Houston the stunning distinction of being one of the very few cities in the last ten years to see traffic congestion subside, making it easy to negotiate even for visitors who loathe city driving. However, Houston's strange need to pin two and three names to its Interstate system creates confusion. Interstate 45, for example, goes by North Freeway to the north, Gulf Freeway to the south, and the Pierce Elevated through downtown. Your best bet is to disregard the names and only pay attention to the Interstate numbers.

By Bicycle

Even though Houston is spread out enough that a large majority of it may be too far of a distance to reach by bicycle, it's quite possible to get to locations in and around the I-610 loop by bike. The city of Houston has 290 miles of marked bike routes, plus another 80 miles of hike and bike trails in city parks, with concrete plans for even more expansion.





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