Transportation

Pasadena Residents Will Once Again Have Public Transit

The City of Pasadena wants to hear what residents think about plans for a new bus service. The community has been without buses for the past five years but they’re now set for a comeback.

Map of proposed new bus routes in Pasadena.

When Pasadena’s bus service was cancelled in 2012 it had about 4000 boardings a month. Teresa Vazquez-Evans with Pasadena’s Office of Development and Grants says they hope to improve on that with their new service.

And there’s a lot of people who need it. In the low income areas of Pasadena, Vazquez-Evans says they’ve found that about 11% of people don’t have access to a vehicle.

“We’re considering population density, job location, poverty levels, job location,” says Vazquez-Evans.

The old Pasadena service had two routes. Now they’ll have four. And the city is also adding bus shelters.  Those buses will carry about 18 passengers and they’re equipped with bike racks.

Vazquez-Evans says the new routes will also allow riders to connect to other transit systems like the La Porte connector at San Jacinto College.

“There’s connection to a shuttle that goes into Baytown and there’s also connection off of Richey that will connect to the Metro system,” adds Vazquez-Evans.

Pasadena is having public meetings in September to get input on the new service and they hope to start running buses before the end of the year. The service will be operated by Harris County Transit with the help of a federal grant.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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