Houston is two months out from playing host to America’s biggest game and an estimated one million people over an event filled ten day period for the NFL Super Bowl experience.
The city and it’s planners are no stranger to facilitating the impacts and obstacles major events such as the Super Bowl will pose, especially the in concerns of traffic and transportation.
In their efforts to ensure that Houston residents and visitors are able to get around and get parked safely and as seamlessly as possible the City of Houston, Houston TranStar, METRO and the Houston Super Bowl Host committee have worked in congress to roll out the “Know Before You Go” campaign.
This mantra is second nature to any Houstonian who’s braved drive time commutes and aren’t at all surprised by stop and go conditions for absolutely no reason on a Sunday at 2pm, but mind you, we will be adding several hundred thousand more bodies into the fold for the activity opportunities between the NRG event complex and Downtown at Discovery Green.
How will all this traffic be handled and kept moving? LOTS. OF. OPTIONS.
With “Know Before You Go”; this multifaceted plan incorporates the awarness of where you can and can’t drive due to road closures, parking options, shuttle options (yes! satellite shuttle lots will be available!), Downtown event Circulators, extended Light Rail availability, an agreement with Uber to keep the surcharges out of the insane range, a special taxi hailing app, parking pre-pay app, and for the greenies out there (or for the pretty days) a bike-share courtesy of Houston B-cycle plus a bike valet for those using their own velocipede.
Pricing of the alternate transportation varies; with the MetroRail passes $1.25 one-way or $3 all day. From the MetroRail you can connect with the free Event Circulators or hook up with a cab for $6 rides anywhere downtown. The Houston B-cycle ride share starts at $5 a day and the bike valet is free. Parking (metered or garage) rates range from $10 to $30 and can be pre-paid through the Host committee app which will launch in mid-December.
All of these available options are found at The Houston Super Bowl website along with maps and graphics to help you plan your trip.
The road closures in Dowtown will be of particular concern for the employees of the buildings and businesses surrounding the GRB and Discovery Green. The streets affected are Polk and Dallas from Austin to La Branch and La Branch from Walker to Bell and will be closed from January 26 thru February 6.
Available alternates for those that need to get to work:
From 288/59 – The W. Gray exit
From I10 EB (Baytown) – The Smith St. exit
From I10 WB (The Katy) – Exit Providence to Fannin
From 45 SB (North frwy) – The McKinney exit
From 45 NB (Gulf) – The Pease exit
From 59 SB (Eastex) – The Jackson St. exit
From 59 NB (SW Frwy) – Take the Spur to Louisiana
The good news is that the employees WILL have access to their contract parking garages, the bad news is that getting there will require a detour but hopefully of minimal annoyance.
It will be important to remember that in any instance venturing into an event area, give yourself ample extra time, maybe even prepare to take a few extra slow breaths and an ounce or two more of namaste before you get behind the wheel. Or even better, be sure to share the knowledge of the Houston Super Bowl Committee website to everyone you know so that everyone out and around the city enjoying this epic event will know before they go.