Transit Score: 99
Bike Score: 81
Walk Score: 81


With an annual system ridership of 116.4 million, serving an area of 1,303 square miles with 21 transit centers, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) continues to expand.


METRO operates three light-rail lines with 76 fully-accessible light-rail train cars that travel 22.7 track miles to 44 stations. Annual boarding’s total 18.5 million. The 13-mile Red Line, offers convenient and fast service between the Northline Transit Center/HCC, Burnett Transit Center, UH-Downtown, the Downtown Transit Center, Midtown, Museum District, Texas Medical Center and NRG Stadium and the Fannin South Park & Ride. The 6.6 mile Purple Line travels through the southeast community connecting Downtown, Texas Southern University, the University of Houston, and the Palm Center Transit Center. The 3.3 mile Green Line travels along Harrisburg through the historic East End connecting downtown, the Convention District, EADO/BBVA Compass Stadium, and Altic.


This is a shared-ride public transit service that offers prescheduled curb-to-curb service for disabled patrons who cannot use METRO’s fixed-route service. METRO operates 154 METROLift vans and manages 241 contractor-owned and operated accessible minivans. Annual boarding’s total 1.9 million for 16,100 active clients.


Riding METRO has never been easier with their electronic fare card which acts like a "digital wallet. In addition to the Q Fare Card, METRO provides mobile ticketing, reloadable day passes and disposable money cards. They also accept cash and credit cards.

Local Buses

METRO operates a fully-accessible fleet of 1,238 buses on 114 routes with 9,043 stops that cover an average of 100,414 miles per weekday. Annual boarding’s numbered 58.9 million in FY ’16.


Downtown achieves the strongest commute mode split in the region.

Park & Ride

Direct nonstop service buses reach major employment centers via 30 routes from 27 Park & Ride lots that offer 34,463 parking spaces. Park & Ride covers an average of 32,192 miles per weekday with annual boarding’s of 8.5 million.


Carpools, vanpools and motorcyclists can drive high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes for free. METRO High Occupancy Toll Lanes allow drivers without passengers to use the HOV lane system by paying a toll. HOV lanes cover 102 miles on five major freeways/corridors in the Houston region. Annual riders total 26.8 million.

Metro Star

This is a van and carpool service with scheduled routes in metro Houston where riders share the cost of van, fuel, maintenance, parking and tolls. In FY ’16, there were 614 vanpools with 2.2 million trips and 6,200 riders.

Alternative Transportation

Downtown is strongly committed to alternative modes of transportation that reduce car dependency.


Funded by the Downtown District and Houston First Corporation, and operated by METRO, Greenlink is a free, efficient and environmentally friendly transportation option for Downtown residents, workers and visitors. Since service first launched in June 2012, Greenlink has had more than 1.34 million riders.

Updated in January 2018, Greenlink’s new routes and hours are a direct reflection of Downtown’s growth and development. The new routes touch many of Downtown’s new residential and hotel projects and better serve neighborhoods such as the Theater and Ballpark Districts.

To learn more about the new routes and where they will take you, click here.


A low-cost bike share consisting of 46 stations with 350 bikes available for short-term rentals throughout central Houston, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 15 stations are conveniently located Downtown.

Ride Sharing

Uber and Lyft both operate in Houston.

Airport Transportation

To bring air service to Houston’s population of more than four million, the Houston Airport System has three facilities; George Bush Intercontinental Airport, William P. Hobby Airport and Ellington Field (joint civil/military airport). Together they form one of North America’s largest public airport systems and position Houston as the international gateway to the south central United States.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH): 24 minutes

Direct Bus service from site to IAH - 49 minutes

Hobby Airport (HOU): 20 minutes

Direct Bus service from site to Hobby Airport - 1 hour

Ellington Field

Ellington Field, a joint use civil/military airport, was acquired by the City of Houston in 1984 and now supports the operations of the United States military, NASA, and a variety of corporate and general aviation tenants. The airport is home to the annual Wings Over Houston Airshow and is also the place where many of the astronauts from the world-renowned Johnson Space Center receive their ongoing space training.