There are a number of things you can do to help limit your carbon footprint when traveling to and around Houston. Here are a few suggestions:
When making your plans to visit Houston, consider staying as close as possible to the things you want to see and do. Coming in for a convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center? There are more than a dozen hotels within walking distance of the center Downtown. Want to visit the Museum District while you're here? Stay at a hotel that's convenient to the MetroRail, which runs right through the District. You can have a very green experience in Houston, if you plan ahead.
Here are a few eco-friendly ways to see the city:
In recent years, The Metro Transit Authority has expanded its efforts to help make Houston public transportation more eco-friendly by rolling out dozens of diesel-hybrid buses, launching the METRORail and expanding its Park and Ride program. The city’s 7.5-mile electrically powered light rail not only promotes activity along the popular Main Street corridor, but decreases the amount of pollution; both air and noise. Each rail car has a seating and standing capacity of 200 people.
The line currently runs between Downtown and Reliant Park. The next phase, now under construction, will bring light rail to new neighborhoods around the city, making it even easier to get around Houston using public transportation.
The city of Houston has also taken tremendous strides in the last few years to make the streets more friendly to electric-powered vehicles and hybrids. The Mayor's Office has led this initiative, along with several community partners, installing charging stations throughout the city and encouraging businesses to do the same where possible. For a map of vehicle charging stations around town, click here.
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