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Lots of people are intimidated by downtown but with a little guidance, you too can be an expert navigator of downtown streets. With new applications like ParkMobile and Uber, plus alternative methods of transportation like Greenlink and BCycle, it’s easier than ever to get around. And unlike other areas of town, downtown is very walkable... whether you’re at street-level or down in the tunnels. 

Transportation, Circulation & Accessibility

Downtown remains the most densely transit served activity center in the region. METRO is restructuring its bus network to provide more service for extended hours seven days per week and aligning with its Red, Green and Purple METRORail lines. Commuter transit is provided by METRO and several contract carriers serving residential communities outside of the METRO service area, while underserved areas emerge as the region expands its urbanized footprint.

In addition to METRO bus and rail, the Downtown District launched contracted operation by METRO of the Greenlink circulator bus service.  In 2012, Houston’s BCycle program kicked off and now has 13 stations within the Downtown, and in March 2015, the first cycle track was opened by the City connecting Buffalo Bayou Park to Discovery Green on Lamar Street.  In addition to taxi service, the City of Houston amended its Code of Ordinances to legalize the operation of app-based on-demand ride services such as Uber and ZipCar now has 6 rental stations within Downtown.


The Downtown District is committed to enhancing excellent access to and within Downtown Houston for employees, visitors, tourists, and residents. The organization surveys Downtown stakeholders approximately every five years to better understand travel behavior.

2018 Commute Survey Executive Summary [pdf]
2018 Commute Survey Report [pdf]


The Downtown District launched the Greenlink service in June 2012. Through a partnership between the Downtown District, BG Group and Houston First Corporation, the downtown community can utilize the environmentally friendly bus service to get to popular downtown locations quickly and for free. Seven buses operate Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., approximately 7-10 minutes apart. The route spans 2.5-miles with 18 stops and connects major office buildings along Smith and Louisiana streets to METRO transit, the convention corridor, hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Popular downtown destinations along the route include the George R. Brown Convention Center, Main Street Square, Discovery Green, GreenStreet, Phoenicia Specialty Foods, City Hall and the Central Library. 

The buses run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), making them a cleaner transportation alternative. Features of the buses include a streamlined, modern design, low-floor access, perimeter seating, high-quality air conditioning, 28-seat capacity and are ADA compliant. The buses will be manufactured by Gillig LLC in the USA.  

Greenlink is operated by METRO through an interlocal agreement with the Downtown District. 

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