Q: What's the best way to get around Houston (public transportation)?
A: Getting around Houston is easier than ever with plenty of public transportation options.
You don't need to rent a car in Houston if you don't want to. Here are your options for getting around:
METRO is Houston's public transportation system.
Light Rail: The Metro Light Rail spans 7 miles from Downtown to Reliant Stadium. The rail passes through midtown, Hermann Park, Museum District, Rice University, Medical Center and Reliant Park. It's$1.25 per person each way.
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Local bus system: Local service runs mostly on city streets, stopping at every other corner along its route. One-way fare is $1.25. Park& Ride service is for long-distance commuting. METRO’s 28 Park & Ride lots provide bus service to key destinations in the service area. One-way fare ranges from $2 to $4.50, depending on distance.
Cab Service: Houston has more than 2,200 taxis in its fleet. If you're in downtown, take advantage of a $6 flat rate in downtown. This $6 fare will apply anywhere within the Central 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. No surcharges will apply to the fare, which can accommodate multiple riders under the $6 total rate.
The Wave: The Wave is a jitney service that shuttles folks around Houston's primary nightlife areas, including Midtown, Montrose, Downtown, Uptown, Rice Village and the Washington Avenue corridor. There are a number of ways to catch the wave: along its route, call to see when and where the Wave will be arriving or pick it up at a designated free parking lot (southwest corner of Houston and Memorial Pkwy. and at Pizzitola's on Shepherd). (713) 863-9283