Wednesday, July 12, 2017

TRANSIT REPORT: Houston, Texas

Metro is Houston's transit authority and it runs a system of three light rail lines and a web of bus lines through the region.

The light rail system serves the downtown area very well with frequent service to most points of interest. What it fails to do is serve either airport, George H.W. Bush International or Houston Hobby Airport.

Lines come in from the east (Green), south (purple and red) and north (red) and converge on the Main Street/ Fannin corridor downtown.

The system is 100% wheelchair accessible and you can get maps and more information at

That is pretty much the entire system, it works well for the city, especially well in the central city, but lacks commuter bus or rail for points farther out.

Fare is $1.25 and is good for three hours.  Disabled fare is $.60. A day pass is $3 but it's a weird way to must load at least that amount on a fare card (tappable at the station to validate the fare) and, after three taps, the card won't collect any fare past $3.

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Darryl Musick
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