Were You Aware That downtown Houston has its own eco-friendly and completely free bus system called Greenlink? First launched in 2012 and operated by Metro, Greenlink buses are funded by the Houston Downtown Management District, Houston First Corporation, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) along with grants from Harris County. It's a handy and economical option for visitors of downtown, whether you're there for vacation, work or pleasure, and since the area has seen exponential growth in recent years—including 16 residential properties, seven hotels, and three high-rise office buildings—the transit system is adapting to accommodate the changing needs of its riders with expanded hours and updated routes.
Here's what you need to know before you head downtown.
This route connects Avenida Houston and Main Street to downtown’s southwest office corridor. The route is shifting two blocks north to Capitol Street to avoid the frequent detours and traffic nightmare of bustling entertainment destination Avenida de las Americas.
The buses stop at the north and south ends of the George R. Brown Convention Center and will now service a covered stop at the Avenida South Garage.
Operating weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with buses every seven minutes during peak morning and afternoon rush hour and during lunchtime, and 10 minutes during off-peak hours.
The Orange Route, which launched in April 2016, provides service between major downtown destinations including the Theater District, Historic Market Square, Minute Maid Park, Avenida Houston, Discovery Green, GreenStreet, Main Street Square and City Hall. The Orange Route will now loop around Discovery Green, with stops at the north and south ends of the GRBCC and a covered stop at the Avenida South Garage.
Now operating with expanded hours: Monday through Friday from 6:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with buses every 10 minutes.
In addition to the updated routes and extended hours, Greenlink buses are also getting fancy new designs.
For more information visit www.downtownhouston.org.