I am the Mad Houstonian!
My bike & I have been using the Houston transit system daily since I moved here in September 2012. To say that the difference between what I am learning to use here and what I grew up with, in southern California came as a shock would be an understatement.
First some stats:
Los Angeles County = 4, 752 sq. mi.
The OC = 948 sq. mi.
Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties are considerably larger than L.A. County and only portions, those large parts accessible from that county and The OC, have transit systems.
Harris County, TX. = 1,778 sq. mi.
City of Los Angeles = 466 sq. mi.
San Diego = 325 sq. mi.
Dallas, TX. = 340 sq. mi.
Houston = 627 sq. mi.
Houston is not only years behind Dallas, but decades behind the extensive network found in the cities and counties I grew up in, in southern California.
San Diego County has 2 transit systems and a commuter rail system, L.A. County has 4 city & 2 regional, transit systems, a growing network of commuter rail routes, and a network of long distance commuter rail extending into 5 counties, reaching even Ventura County and the north part of San Diego County.
The OC, San Bernardino, & Riverside regions have their own transit and are connected to the long distance rail network.
A monthly bus pass in the OC cost me half what I spend a month here on my Q-Card.