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Beginning March 30, METRO is making more adjustments to its Bus and Rail schedules to continue to provide the highest level of service possible during the COVID-19 situation. Modify schedule will maintain service throughout the region with some possible delays. All Park & Ride routes, except those serving Texas Medical Center, are suspend. For more info, please visit ridemetro. Org Zipcar Houston is a car sharing program which helps keep fewer cars on the road while decreasing air pollution. Imagine the convenience of having a car park right around the corner, without any of the hassles or costs. There are three convenient locations in Downtown Houston alone and many more across the city and even the country. Members can drive cars by hour or day and can choose from a variety of vehicles, including MINIs, hybrids, trucks and more. Zipcar realizes every customer's car use and budget will be different, That's why there are multiple membership levels, all of which require {matheq}25 one-time only non-refundable application fee. Joining Zipcar is easy- just apply online, make a reservation, unlock a vehicle with your Zipcard and drive away. The best part about it is gas and insurance are included with every ride! Occasional Driving No monthly commitment +{endmatheq} 9 / hr or 74 / day Pay As You Go-Monthly Driving Plan {matheq}7 monthly commitment +{endmatheq} 9 / hr or 74 / day Pay As You Go-Yearly Driving Plan {matheq}70 yearly commitment +{endmatheq} 9 / hr or 74 / day Extra Value Plan {matheq}50 monthly commitment + 10% discount of{endmatheq} 8. 10 / hr or 65. 70 / day prepay Options {matheq}50,{endmatheq} 75 or {matheq}125/month + 10% discount on each ride or{endmatheq} 250 / month + 15 % discount on each Ride Check www. Zipcar. Com / Houston for the most up-to-date rates. Six in City 6 taxicab rides anywhere Downtown by any taxicab company. 6 taxicab fare applies to trip, pick-up and drop-off, anywhere within the Downtown District, bound by I-45, I-10 and US 59. Now, with double the number of cab stands Downtown and the ability to hail a cab when you need it, we're making those short trips easy and affordable. Six in City only applies when cabs are Hail in person, it does not apply when rides are booked online. How & where to Catch cab: Hail one down Look for taxi icon on streets Call cab company and request front-door pick-up service Go to nearest hotel. There is always a queue! Uber Uber is an easy way to request a safe, reliable, and affordable ride within minutes. The Uber mobile app connects riders with reliable transportation options such as drivers of vehicles for hire and ridesharing services at the tap of a button. Lyft Catch is a friendly, affordable ride whenever you need one. The Lyft app matches you to nearby drivers so you can get a ride in minutes. RYDE Company RYDE uses 5 passenger electric shuttles to transport people around Downtown. They work with national brands, local businesses and City governments who sponsor the service, making it FREE for the public to ride. To request a ride, text 281-610-2258 with your name, pick-up / drop off location and number of passengers. The tips are highly encourage. Mega Bus provides high-quality, Express Bus travel to and from Houston from 1 and many other very affordable fares via the Internet. Megabus. Com operates daily, convenient, intercity bus services on state-of-art, climate control, double decker buses with FREE WiFi, power outlets, clean restrooms, reclining seats and overhead lights.

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Roads and highways

Transit and community activists have painted the project as a symbol of all that is wrong with transportation planning, and a sign of how focusing on cars instead of more efficient, affordable ways to move residents across the Houston Area, will cost the city in terms of air pollution, congestion, affordability, and even resiliency. Public Interest Research Group, or PIRG, nationwide nonprofit declares Project one of its annual Highway boondoggles, projects that define needless and wasteful spending. This Highway Project will not only not solve the problems it claims to solve, group claims. Additionally, since it doesnt include right-of-way costs, 7 billion price tag is simply the best-case scenario. Houston has recently become poster child for what is called induced demand Transportation planner term that basically means if you add more roads, cars will fill them. 2. 2 billion widening of the Katy Freeway, making it one of biggest in the world, end up increasing average commute times for roughly 85 percent of drivers who use the 23-lane road. Its ludicrous to me that with such a perfect case of induced demand sitting right in front of them, theyd come back to the same idea and think that would work better, say Bay Scoggin, member of Texas PIRG. Recently, however, project received a major vote of confidence. On July 26, Houston-Galveston Area Councils Transportation Policy Council approved a 100 million down payment to begin to rebuild Segment 2 of I-45, which runs from I-10 to North Loop 610. Despite this green light for redevelopment, community groups still believe they can push back against the plan and make needed changes to infrastructure and make their voices heard at community meetings across Houston this summer. The community needs to know this isnt going to improve Houstons transportation, it is going to make the air worse, and it is going to displace families, said Scoggin.

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Airports

Table

DestinationShared RideNon-Stop RidePremium Sedan
Stadium Park/Astrodome$35$61$78
The Galleria$36$64$73
Greenway Plaza$34$61$73
Texas Medical Center$34$61$73
Buffalo Bayou Park$23$39$63
JPMorgan Chase Tower$29$54$73
Johnson Space Center$59$107$113

Houston is served by two commercial airportsthe largest of which is George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The airport is the 11-busiest in the United States for total passengers, and 16 busiest worldwide. Bush Intercontinental is United Airlines ' second largest hub, with more than 650 daily departures. Bush Intercontinental currently ranks second in the United States for non-stop domestic and international service, trailing only Atlanta Hartsfield with 250 destinations. In 2006, United States Department of Transportation named Bush Intercontinental one of top ten fastest growing Airports in the United States. The second-largest commercial airport in Houston is William P. Hobby Airport. The Airport operates primarily small to medium-haul flights and is the only airport in Houston served by Southwest Airlines. The third-largest airport and former US Air Force base, Ellington Airport, is primarily used for government and private aircraft. At one point, Continental Express operated flights across the city to Bush Intercontinental primarily for residents of southeast Houston and Galveston County. Passenger flights ended on September 7 2004. The Federal Aviation Administration and the state of Texas selected Houston Airport System, which manages Bush, Hobby, and Ellington, as Airport of the Year for 2005, largely because of its multi-Year, 3. 1 billion Airport improvement program for both major Airports in Houston. Andrau Airpark, privately owned airport, was located in Houston until 1998; it was demolished and as of 2008 contains Royal Oaks Country Club subdivision.

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Table2

DestinationSedan (up to 3 passengers)SUV (up to 7 passengers)
77054 Stadium Park/Astrodome$115$142
77056 The Galleria$111$138
77046 Greenway Plaza$111$138
77030 Texas Medical Center$115$142
77019 Buffalo Bayou Park$111$138
77002 JPMorgan Chase Tower$111$138
77058 Johnson Space Center$152$179

Table3

DestinationBusiness Class (up to 3 passengers)Business Van/SUV (up to 5)1st class (up to 3)
Buffalo Bayou Park$92$113$128
JPMorgan Chase Tower$90$110$125
Johnson Space Center$137$158$173

Table4

HotelPhone Number(s)
Houston Airport Marriott(281) 443-2310 (800) 627-7468
SpringHill Suites(281) 442-2275
Staybridge Suites(281) 661-7700
DoubleTree by Hilton(281) 848-4000
Hampton Inn Suites(281) 442-4600
Homewood Suites By Hilton(281) 219-9100
La Quinta Inn Suites(281) 446-1300

Table5

UberX$32
UberXL$57
Select$68
Black$90
Black SUV$110

Table6

Lyft$28-32
XL$55-60
Lux$65-70
Lux Black$93-101
Lux Black XL$110-120

There are four taxi companies that serve Houston Airport:

Taxi CompaniesPhone Number
Airport Taxi Service(816) 728-2833
Sam Houston Taxi(346) 250-0201
Yellow Cab Houston(713) 236-1111
OnCabs Houston(832) 648-4111

Table7

DestinationPrice
Downtown Houston$53
Galleria/Medical Center area$60
NRG Park$65
Hobby Airport$73
NASA Space Center$105

Table8

Rental Car CompanyPhone Number
Advantage Rent a Car(800) 777-5524
Alamo(888) 233-8749
Avis(800) 633-3469
Budget(800) 218-7992
Dollar Car Rental(800) 800-4000
Enterprise(800) 736-8222
Hertz(800) 654-3131
National(888) 826-6890
Payless Car Rental(800) 729-5377
Thrifty Car Rental(877) 283-0898
Zipcar(866) 494-7227
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Intercity bus

Europes largest intercity bus company is coming to Houston, hoping to carve out a niche: a low-cost premium ride in an already crowded market of carriers operating to and from Bayou City. Tickets for FlixBus become available on Wednesday morning, with service starting March 14, company announced in a release. Service along the Gulf Coast will operate from Houston, San Antonio, New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Biloxi, Miss. Additional service to other Texas cities and into Oklahoma is planned in coming months, said Pierre Gourdain, managing director of FlixBus USA. By the end of the year, we can expect to have green buses, sea to shining sea, Gourdain say, noting companies ' existing operations in California and Arizona, and plans for Florida. FlixBus operates slightly differently from other carriers in that its ticketing and marketing is entirely online. It also offers overnight trips in many markets where others do not. The company, currently in 29 countries, grows from Germany across Europe, before hopping to the Atlantic and operating along the West Coast. Worldwide, FlixBus makes 350 000 connections daily, often with a handful of stops in certain cities near town centers and university campuses. As it is in Europe, where crossing into other countries is common, company is also looking at international trips in its markets near the Mexican border, Gourdain say. No firm plans for service, however, have been announce. First stop in Houston will be the parking lot at Gray and Smith, few blocks from other bus operators serving downtown Houston and the Metropolitan Transit Authoritys downtown Transit center. The second FlixBus stop is planned near Rice University campus. Another two-to-four stops could open in the region, Gourdain say. GRAND PARKWAY: Federal loan lightens debt burden for next phase of tollway FlixBus is the tech and sales side of operation, handling smartphone apps and branding of company. As in other markets, FlixBus works with local bus operators, but rebrands buses with its green logo. Along the Gulf Coast, AJL International, Louisiana Motor Coach, Star Shuttle and Wynne Transportation will handle daily operations. Gourdain said companys aim is to offer competitive prices but a higher level of service, with free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. That is critical to luring new riders in places where car ownership has historically been high and people have less experience with bus travel. He says preferences for travel are changing among younger and older customers alike. If you dig a little bit more, they just want to drive, Gourdain say. The shift from cars has start. Houston has an active bus terminal run by Greyhound, which also hosts Mexican bus firms Tornado, Turimex and El Expreso. Megabus, low-cost carrier with service throughout the South, Midwest and western states, picks up passengers a couple of blocks away. Charter companies and others also have active service in the region, with many companies serving Mexico offering depots across Metro Houston.

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Pedestrian travel

Crowne Plaza Houston near NRG Park: located across Street from NRG Park, hotel offers 85 000 Square feet of meeting space. 1 mile 8686 Kirby holiday oliday Inn Houston NRG Park: recently-renovate 238-room hotel offers direct pedestrian access into NRG Park. 9 miles 8111 Kirby NRG Stadium: Cheer on Houston Texans At NRG Stadium. Here, tailgating is as important as game, so make sure TO come early and bring appetite. The Football season is August through January. 0 block 2 NRG Park NRG Park: variety of events and conventions take place at NRG Park, including the Annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, world's largest Rodeo, and Houston Ballet Foundation's Nutcracker Market. Conventioneers rely on METRORail TO facilitate travel between Downtown's George R. Brown Convention Center and Downtown hotels and NRG Park. 0 blocks 1 NRG Park

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Demographics by mode of travel

A third of New Orleans residents who commute via public transportation live in poverty, compared to only 9 percent of those who drive cars. San Diego residents taking public transportation to work earn less than half as much as other City workers. Similarly large disparity exist in Louisville, Ky.; Tucson, Ariz.; And scores of other urban centers. Step onto bus in any American city and youll find riders who are poorer and more likely to be minorities than those traveling by car. Its socioeconomic gap has persisted across most nations cities for decades. Historically, public transportation systems function largely as key strand in the social safety net for those with no other means of getting around. That is slowly beginning to change, though, as transit agencies seek to broaden their ridership base and meet growing demand among City dwellers wanting to go carless. Transit systems across the country are making themselves a more mainstream option for the community as a whole, said Art Guzzetti, American Public Transportation Associations vice president of policy. A Review of Census Bureau survey estimate shows just how large the demographic divide remain, with public transportation commuters disproportionately poorer in nearly every city with a significant number of riders, outside of a few large mid-Atlantic transit systems. Nationally, commuters driving alone to work report median earnings of 4 314 higher than those taking public transportation. Figures compiled by Governing, list below, depict the disparity for 100 US cities. To a certain degree, rider demographics are tied to what system offer. Some systems are designed primarily for transit-dependent riders. APTAs Guzzetti says systems will continue to provide mobility for these individuals, but he expects demographics to shift. The transit system of the future will be for people on board, he say. Today, many nation core transit riders have no other choice but to hop on bus, train or streetcar. The APTA survey reported less than one-half of those using public transportation also had a vehicle available. This percentage tends to be higher for those commuting via rail and lower for bus commuters. Brian Taylor, UCLA urban Planning professor, conducted research showing differences in income levels of markets served by various modes of Public Transportation. People serve by commuter rail are wealthier than in years past. Bus riders are poorer. Earnings for light rail riders, who reside in larger areas spanning both inner cities and suburbs, didnt change much. How transportation networks are configured and where populations are distributed further shapes public transportation systems demographics. The following table shows how far public transportation commuters ' annual median earnings trail that of the entire workforce in select cities: in only a few rare exceptions-typically larger systems serving more transit-orient areas-are Citys Public Transportation riders representative of all commuters. Riders in New York City, home to most public transportation users of any US City, report median incomes of 35 350, just below 36 803 for all commuters.

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Parking Requirements

Fines can be issued for the following violations:

FineCodeViolation TypeViolation Details
$25D1Permit/Other ViolationsPermit obstructed/incorrectly displayed Overtime at parking meter Parked with incorrect permit Overtime in loading zone Valid permit not displayed License plate not registered with Parking and Transportation Violation of other regulation (see list under chart)
$50D2Minor Parking OffenseNot designated at parking space On sidewalk, curb or in construction area Parked or blocking drive lane Blocking sidewalk, crosswalk or grass Improper garage/lot entry/exit Disobeying signs or barriers
$75D3ImmobilizationRelocation of vehicle Barnacle
$100D4Major Parking ViolationsParked in reserved space/lot Parked in fire zone/by fire hydrant Parked in a tow-away zone Tow fee Damage to parking facility/equipment Altered/forged or the use of lost/stolen UH parking decals/permits
$250D5ADA ViolationParked in an ADA space

Property owners in East Downtown and part of Midtown will be exempt from Houstons minimum parking requirements under an ordinance approved by the City Council on Wednesday that allows developers to decide how many parking spaces businesses and residences require. Move, proposed by Mayor Sylvester Turners ' administration and largely backed by urbanists and business leaders, passed with District G Councilman Greg Travis casting the lone dissenting vote. Measure expand the use of so-call market-base Parking, which already exists in the central business District. Opponents of parking minimums say requirements produce an excessive number of parking lots that eat up space in the urban core, making it harder to traverse cities on foot or by public transit. Cities around the country have moved in recent years to eliminate or soften minimum parking regulations. Houston's move to lift parking minimums comes as public debate plays out over the proposed state project to remake Interstate 45 and ahead of the likely November vote in which the Metropolitan Transit Authority is expected to ask voters for Authority to borrow 3. 5 billion to support wave of transit projects. As Council members weighed Turners ' proposal Wednesday, discussion turned to the future of transportation and accessibility in Houston, where residents and development long have depended heavily on cars. It seems to me that in a city of 600-plus miles, that we not only are now, but we are going to continue to be a city that is going to require access by vehicles of some sort cars, Uber, whatever, District J Councilman Mike Laster say. I dont know how we develop comprehensive transportation plans in cities and county and region If you do implement complementary parking plan to go with that. Urban Planning experts generally say cities should seek to become less car-dependent as they become more dense, because cars take up a large amount of space, argument made by Houston Transportation planner Geoff Carleton in a recent Chronicle op-ed. Planners also say buildings located near Public Transit, such as Metros light rail lines in Midtown and EaDo, should provide less parking than those located elsewhere. District I Councilman Robert Gallegos, who represents the East End, cited a study on Wednesday concluding cities tend to require too much parking near transit stations, stymieing development on valuable land. More parking lots in our neighborhoods do not protect our neighborhoods, Gallegos say. We need to realize that nowadays, with taxis, with Uber, with Lyft, with rail, with bikes, all these parking lots around transit centers are not needed. Travis, sole vote against the measure, grappled with his support for Free market and cutting regulations with his concern that stripping parking minimums would produce unintended consequences. If you do not have enough adequate parking, you wo have an adequate number of customers, Travis say. You can walk, skip, crawl, I dont care what you do to get to these establishments. We are not high-density like New York.

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Getting around Houston

You don't need to rent a car in Houston if you don't want to. Here are your options for getting around: METRO is Houston's public transportation system. Light Rail: METRO Light Rail spans 7 miles from Downtown to Reliant Stadium. The rail passes through Midtown, Hermann Park, Museum District, Rice University, Medical Center and Reliant Park. It's 1. 25 per person each way. Discover what there is to do in Houston along METRORail. Local bus system: Local Service runs mostly on city streets, stopping at every other corner along its route. The One-way fare is 1. 25. The Park & Ride Service is for long-distance commuting. METRO's 28 Park & Ride lots provide bus service to key destinations in the Service area. One-way Fare range from 2 to 4. 50, depending on distance. Cab Service: Houston has more than 2 200 taxis in its fleet. If you're in Downtown, take advantage of the 6 flat rate in Downtown. This 6 Fare will apply to anywhere within the Central Business District, bound by Interstate 45, Interstate 10 and US 59. Fare, in addition to increasing Downtown taxi stand, provide an easy alternative to driving to lunch, business meetings and activities throughout the Downtown area. No surcharges will apply to Fare, which can accommodate multiple riders under 6 total rate. Wave: Wave is a jitney Service that shuttles folks around Houston's primary nightlife areas, including Midtown, Montrose, Downtown, Uptown, Rice Village and Washington Avenue corridor. There are a number of ways to catch the wave: along its route, calling to see when and where the wave will be arriving or pick it up at a designated free parking lot.

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Public Transportation

In the Greater Houston area, bus, lightrail, and share-ride public transit services are operated by METRO. The fare for local buses or METRORail is 1. 25. If you frequently ride buses or lightrails, consider getting a METRO Q Card. It is a contactless smart Card used to ride on METRO Bus, METRORail, and METROLift. With METRO Q Card, one get free unlimited transfers in any direction for up to three hours. LCC students may apply for a discount METRO Q Card which offers a 50 percent discount on all bus and light-rail services. Follow these steps to apply: send an email to LCC uh. Edu and request enrollment verification letter for METRO Q Card. Please allow at least one business day for the letter to be process. LCC will let you know once the letter is ready for pickup. Bring items list below. Visit METRO RideStores and apply for discount METRO Q Card. Enrollment verification letter issued by LCC passport Cougar Card

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