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.