Missouri City already has one park and ride. It’s located at Fondren and Beltway 8, south of Main St. But with more people moving south side, it appears one isn’t enough. Metro is on the hunt to find a place for Missouri City’s second park and ride. Kimberly Slaughter is the vice president of service, design, and planning at Metro.
“We still are in that site selection process, trying to see what’s available, and trying to see what the costs are that are associated with those potential sites.”
Slaughter says Metro is considering land around the Highway 6 and the Fort Bend Tollway intersection.
“So that’s the focus of where we’re trying to narrow it down to. That’s where the population has increased the most and has extended further south from that point. So we’re trying to provide a second location that can help capture that market share.”
Metro is also exploring the viability of a passenger rail line from the Medical Center out to Missouri City. If built, the train would travel along the US 90A corridor for eight miles.
Questions have been raised as to whether the second park and ride service would be made redundant if the rail service comes to fruition. But Metro president and CEO George Greanias says that wouldn’t be the case.
“The fact is it would not. It would be away from there. So this would be an addition to anything we ultimately do on rail service out to Missouri City.”
Metro isn’t sure when the new park and ride will be up and running. In the mean time though, Metro says it will operate a limited service at a temporary site. Slaughter says Metro is considering a Kroger parking lot where the Fort Bend Tollway runs into Highway 6. Metro hopes to have it open within the next two to three months.