Harris County’s Transit Services Called Tops in the State in Filling Transportation Gap
A newly released study by the Texas Transportation Institute has recognized Harris County Transit, a division of Harris County Community Services Department Office of Transit Services as one of three “Best Practice” models in the study, Sizing and Serving Urban Gaps in Texas. Also recognized were the Collin County Area Regional Transit (CCART) and Tarrant County Transportation Services, both serving the greater Dallas/Fort Worth region.
Harris County Community Services Director, David Turkel praised Harris County Transit Services Director Ken Fickes and partners such as the City of Baytown, Lee College, the City of Pasadena, Second Century Development Corporation, San Jacinto College and Harris County Commissioner Precincts 2 and 4 for working together to serve those not previously provided public transportation within Harris County.
“Our office of Transit Services staff works continually to identify the best in a wide array of federal, state and local funding options that best fit the communities we serve. The success of this partnership is reflected in the growth of our services system-wide,” said Turkel.
The Baytown Fixed Route Transit Service has grown from 2 to 3 routes with an average of 5,100 boarding’s per month. The route, linking Pasadena to LaPorte is currently attracting an average of 2,500 boarding’s per month.
The study was performed in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). To view the study in its entirety click the following link in website for the Texas Transportation Institute http://tti.tamu.edu/documents/0-6473-1.pdf.