Rodeo fun and Houston's storms: What you need to know now about transit

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Rodeo ready for crowds and severe storms.

While Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo workers prepare for bad weather inside NRG Park, outside, Metro officials are figuring out how to handle massive crowds should severe weather cause problems for public transit.

"What people need to remember is if we do run into weather, it's going to take you a little longer to get home," said Andrew Skabowski with Houston Metro.

Be warned, if you take the light rail to Rode, riding it home may not happen. If more than four inches of water flood the tracks, Metro will suspend light rail service until water recedes. But that doesn't mean thousands of people will be stranded.

"We'll get everybody home. It might be later but we will get everybody home," Skabowski said.

Metro officials say there's a plan in place to bus people out of NRG Park. They may also use "bus bridges" to shuttle riders from the point where light rail service stops to the point where it starts again.

What about Rodeo goers who choose Park 'N Ride? If those shuttle routes flood, you'll be riding a detour route.

"Again it's going to take you a little longer to get to those lots. It's going to take a little longer for the buses to come back and collect more people," Skabowski said.

No telling how long the detour could take. It depends on how bad the weather gets. Metro's advice? Stay calm.

"If you're stuck at the airport the best thing to do is to chill out and relax. If you are stuck at rodeo and you know we are going to get you home, your best bet is to chill out and relax." Skabowski said.

According the Livestock Show and Rodeo website, no refunds will be issued to ticketholders who chose not to attend the rodeo because of bad weather or any other reason.
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