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A right turn on Main Street in the Med Center. Photo: Allyn West.

Taming the Beast: An Unofficial Guide to Riding METRO

The inaugural Sunday Streets HTX takes place this Sunday, April 6, along White Oak and Quitman in the Heights. There will be plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. But how, in Houston, do you get to an event that purposefully excludes vehicles? Here, Cite editor and long-time METRO rider Raj Mankad shares his insider’s knowledge about our public transit.

Ten years ago, I thought of METRO’s buses as huge beasts that might leap off the road and devour me. Now I use them to get all around the Houston region. Are there better transit systems around the world? Can we build a better system? Of course. Nonetheless, we do have transit, and certain aspects can work well for you.

Below are some tips I’d like to relate. I don’t work for METRO, so this is an unofficial and incomplete guide.

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Piano Pavilion at Kimbell Art Museum. Photo: Robert LaPrelle.