Transportation

How To Avoid The Traffic For Super Bowl 51

The Super Bowl could mean super traffic headaches, but not necessarily on the day of the big game. Local officials say they have a plan to keep things moving.

The Downtown Redevelopment Authority's Bob Eury (left) and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett announce details of Super Bowl Transportation Plan.
The Downtown Redevelopment Authority’s Bob Eury (left) and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett announce details of the Super Bowl Transportation Plan.

All eyes will be on NRG Stadium February 5th as two yet-to-be determined teams vie for the national championship. But Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says that won’t be the big event when it comes to traffic.

“The number of people that are going to be going to the stadium probably won’t be as many as go to a Texans game,” says Emmett.

The biggest Super Bowl crowds are expected downtown at a ten-day festival, with a lot of activities at Discovery Green and the George R. Brown Convention Center. Emmett is expecting about 100,000 people a day to take part in those events.

To help visitors and locals get to those activities,  the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee has put together a transportation plan.

An official Super Bowl 51 vehicle at the Fifth Ward's historic DeLuxe Theatre.
An official Super Bowl 51 vehicle at the Fifth Ward’s historic DeLuxe Theatre.

Metro will be running extra hours. Downtown visitors can also take advantage of some free shuttles.

And if you do plan to drive, Bob Eury with the Downtown Redevelopment Authority says there are tools that can help you plan ahead.

“Think where you want to park, and there is a new app that’s been developed that helps you pay in advance, know where you want to go, where you want to park,” says Eury. “You can actually pay and it also locks in the rate for you.”

Officials say another option for getting to Super Bowl events is cycling. As part of the transportation plan, Bike Houston will offer a bicycle valet.

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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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