Houston Homes 101: Getting Around Houston

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

You've heard about how "everything is bigger in Texas", right? Well, it is very true. From our steaks, to our homes, and to our cities, everything is indeed bigger. Take Houston for instance. Houston, the state's biggest city and the country's fourth-largest, is an expansive metropolis that can get quite intimidating for people who have just relocated or are touring the city. If you are a tourist or someone who has just relocated to Houston, here is a guide on the basic transportation means and traffic routes in Houston.

Houston: METRORail System

METRORail offers a convenient and publicly accessible service right at the midst of city between downtown Houston and Reliant Park, including the Museum District and Texas Medical Center. Rail tickets can be bought for $1.25 using cash, a credit or debit card at any METRO Ticket Vending Machine. METRO Q Fare Card users can also buy tickets for other riders using the value on their card.

It is the fastest and probably most practical way of getting to and from the most important places in Houston.

Houston: Cab/Taxi Syste,

With over 2,200 taxis running in Houston, it is another way to easily get around the city. It is of course going to cost more than taking the Metro Bus or Rail system, but it is more comfortable. A flat taxi fare of $6 for all trips in the downtown area should be expected. This $6 fare would apply anywhere within the Downtown Business District, bounded by Interstate 45, Interstate 10 and U.S. 59.

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Traveling Around Houston In A Car

Let's say you have just bought a condo in Montebello Houston or one of homes for sale in Houston Heights, Braeswood, Tanglewood, West University, or River Oaks. One of the best ways to get to and from your new home is still in your own car.

Houston's main roads are well laid out and planned in lign with the city's intricacies. This makes it a lot easier for drivers, new or old-timer, to find their way around Houston. There is a system of radial and ring highways that allows convenient access to markets outside the region. Over 575.4 miles of freeways and expressways  are currently in operation.

Houston is the crossroads for Interstates 10 and 45. Other major highways serving Houston are Loop 610, U.S. 59, U.S. 290, U.S. 90, Texas 288, Texas 225, Hardy Toll Road , Sam Houston Tollway, Westpark Tollway and the Grand Parkway (Texas 99). Houston also lies along the route of the proposed I-69 NAFTA superhighway that will link Canada , the U.S. industrial mid-west, Texas and Mexico.

Other means of getting around Houston

Alternative ways of getting around Houston are the following:

  • Jitney Service (a hybrid between a taxi, limo and public bus that shuttles people around Houston's primary nightlife areas Midtown, Montrose, Downtown, Uptown, Rice Village and the Washington Avenue corridor)
  • Greenlink Buses, a free Downtown Houston bus service that takes people around GreenStreet, George R. Brown Convention Center, Discovery Green, Main Street Square, City Hall and the Central Library
  • B-Cycle Program, a biking system that allows Houstonians a vehicular alternative for relatively short jaunts (membership fee of $5 for a 24-hour pass or $65 for an annual pass is required)
  • Rental Cars

Houston's massive size and towering establishments and skyscrapers can be a bit intimidating. However with enough information, there should be no reason for anyone to get lost or even have a hard time going around the city.

If you are interested in finding more about Houston or have any more questions about relocating to the city, contact Paige Martin or visit HoustonProperties.com

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