If you don't work or spend much time in downtown Houston, you probably have no idea what Greenlink is. But if you do work downtown or spend time here, particularly in the summer, Greenlink might be your knight in shining green armor. In simplest terms, Greenlink is a free shuttle bus that runs a two-and-a-half-mile 18-stop route downtown between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. It gets people to and from the light rail, parking locations, the convention center and lunch...always lunch.
The service, run by the Downtown Management District, has been in operation since last June 11 and has carried more than 225,000 riders thus far -- that's nearly 900 every day.
And yes, we joke about how it transports many people to lunch -- that and the tunnels -- but the truth is that Greenlink has been invaluable for moving people to and from George R. Brown Convention center, particularly during busy events like this year's NBA All Star Weekend.More »