METRO's local bus network services approximately 275,000 riders daily with a fleet of over 1,200 buses the agency's 75 local routes contain nearly 8,900 stops and saw nearly 67 million boardings during the 2016 fiscal year a park and ride system provides commuter bus service from 34 transit centers scattered throughout the region's suburban areas; these express buses operate independently of the local bus network and utilize the region's extensive system of HOV lanes. Downtown and the Texas Medical Center have the highest rates of transit use in the region largely due to the park and ride system with nearly 60% of commuters in each district utilizing public transit to get to work, Many East Texans have a mixture of European and Native American ancestry notably country and folk singer Miranda Lambert, See also: List of films set in Houston! Evel Knievel jumped 13 cars two nights in a row drawing over 100,000 spectators to the Astrodome in January 1971 and though there was talk of him making an actual jump over the stadium itself sometime in the future it never happened. . ; . .
Constable Precinct 4 Mark Herman Republican Houston panorama c 1910 Manufacturing and industry. Not all Texans favored secession initially although many of the same would later support the Southern cause Texas's most notable Unionist was the state Governor Sam Houston Not wanting to aggravate the situation Houston refused two offers from President Lincoln for Union troops to keep him in office After refusing to swear an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy Houston was deposed as governor.