Starting Monday, most Metro Park and Ride lots on most Houston area freeways will provide more bus trips. Metro spokeswoman Raequel Roberts says the scary gasoline prices have unprecedented numbers of people lining up at the Park and Rides.
“April from last year over this year is up almost 16 percent, and year-to-date it’s up 13 percent.”
Many Park and Ride buses are now running badly overloaded with passengers standing in the aisles, and complaining about it. Roberts says Metro managers have heard their cries.
“We looked at some of the ones that were the most crowded, and are adding additional trips. All told a total of 14 additional trips starting Monday morning.”
There are too many affected Park and Ride lots to list them all on the air, but Roberts says it’s safe to say that lots with traffic jams and long lines of people waiting for buses will get more bus rides. She says they’ll make it work with the fleet they have by starting them earlier, but they expect to get more buses later this year.
“For us what it means is that we’ve got to expand our service and we’re looking for ways to expand it immediately, with these additional trips. And then later this fall we’re going to be taking delivery on 52 new hybrid diesel buses, which are commuter buses, which should help with some of the overcrowding as well.”
Jim Bell, KUHF, Houston Public Radio News.