Houston Hopes To Keep Traffic Moving During Busy Spring Break

Thousands of families are expected to converge on Houston’s popular destinations while the kids are out of school.

Metro in the Museum District
Metro says it carried over a million people through the Museum District during last year’s Spring Break.


The City of Houston expects about 350,000 people a day will travel to local attractions during this year’s Spring Break. Rodeo Houston is one of the biggest draws, along with the Museum District, the Houston Zoo, and Hermann Park.

People driving to the Museum District during Spring Break are urged to plan ahead for parking.

Mayor Annise Parker says there were a few years where the city literally achieved Spring Break gridlock, but they’re now hoping to avoid that with a traffic management and parking plan.

Parker is asking visitors to do their part by coming up with both a first and second choice of places to park.

“We will again utilize electronic signs throughout the area. So if you come in and your first choice is taken, maybe you didn’t have a second choice of parking, look around for the electronic signs,” explains Parker.

Metro CEO Tom Lambert says you can avoid parking hassles altogether by taking the train.

“This year we have more trains to carry more people. So the 6.6% increase in ridership last year, we expect to continue to grow that,” says Lambert.

This year’s Spring Break period runs from March 7 to March 22.


Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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