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How to find that elusive great Houston Rodeo parking spot — and options if you don't

How to find that elusive great Houston Rodeo parking spot — and options if you don't

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Parking at Reliant is a hot commodity.  Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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METRO offers fast and affordable options for getting there. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup.com
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RodeoHouston season is here, and you know what that means: Parking problems. 

Houstonians have a preference for sidling up to the very front row — and though that's not likely to happen, CultureMap has mapped out the best ways to get around on rodeo days, so you can git along with relative ease. 

METRORail's Main Street line is perhaps the most efficient way to get there, with cheap fare ($2.50 round trip or $1.25 one way), convenient parking areas along the rail line and an extended schedule. Plus, rides will be free on March 2 (in honor of Black Heritage Day) and March 11 (for Go Tejano Day). Tickets can be purchased at station kiosks. 

METRO will also offer shuttle services departing from convenient pick-up spots, including Saturday for the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, and continuing from Feb. 28 through March 18. 

Shuttles will pick up at the North Shepherd Park & Ride ($6.50 round trip), Monroe Park & Ride ($4 round trip) and the West Loop Park & Ride ($4 round trip) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. The last return trips to the Park & Ride locations will leave from Reliant Park at 1 a.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. 

Rodeo Express offers other options for getting to and fro for $10 or less: Shuttles pick up at Delmar Stadium, OST 1, Aramco Services Company and Reed Road.

If you're willing to brave the traffic and risk it for a spot closer to the park, a RodeoHouston lot at Astroworld charges $20 for parking during the bar-b-que contest and $12 throughout the rest of the rodeo festivities, or you can seek out one of the surrounding private lots. Accessible and handicap parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.