Convenient METRO Park & Ride Commute Starts Next Week
On Monday, Aug. 22, a convenient METRO commuter option will roll out for area residents who work in the Texas Medical Center or downtown Houston.
The new service will extend the transit company’s existing route 170 and will operate from the Kroger parking lot on Highway 6 at Knight Road. Buses will pick up passengers at the new stop starting at 5:06 a.m., then travel to the Park & Ride site at Beltway 8 and Fondren Road and afterward proceed directly to the medical center where riders can connect to the Red Line downtown.
Bus service will be available weekdays during peak rush hours. Service northbound will be from 5:06 a.m. to 7:48 a.m.; service southbound will be from 3:15 p.m. to 7:09 p.m. The schedule is available at: http://www.ridemetro.org/SchedulesMaps/Pdfs/ScheduleChanges/170-missouri.pdf.
One-way fares are $3.25 and roundtrip rides are $6.50. Students, seniors, individuals on Medicare and the disabled can qualify for half fare. Fare details are available at: http://ridemetro.org/Fareinfo/Discounted_Fare.aspx.
METRO has partnered with Kroger to provide passengers a convenient location to obtain a METRO Q Fare Card; a minimum $5 fare load is required.
“The new bus service is going to be a tremendous benefit for our City; it will save on gas, help protect the environment and ease traffic congestion,” said resident Mary Guillory. “I’ll definitely be a rider!”
To kick off the new Park & Ride site, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Friday, Aug. 19 at 8 a.m. in the Kroger parking lot. Missouri City Council and METRO Board members are scheduled to attend the event. The Kroger site is a temporary operating location, and a permanent location is expected to be selected by 2014.
City Council has long supported commuting alternatives for residents and at recent METRO workshops, Mayor Allen Owen has explained that about 27,174 commuters currently drive to and from the Medical Center along the US90A/Southwest Rail Corridor every day; the daily trips are projected to increase to 31,855 by 2035. In addition to Missouri City and Stafford residents, thousands of Medical Center employees live in a cone extending from Katy to Pearland.
“This is an important development for our residents,” Mayor Owen said. “Missouri City has a strong partnership with METRO and is looking forward to the new Park & Ride being an asset for citizens and the transit company.”
For updates on the new service and the future permanent operating site, please watch www.missouricitytx.gov and Missouri City Television (Channel 16 on Comcast and Channel 99 on AT&T U-verse).