Transportation

Fort Bend County Communities To Get New Public Transit Services

New bus routes in Richmond and Rosenberg are in response to increased demand for public transit.

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Ft Bend County’s fixed-routes buses will accommodate 19 passengers, and there are also two wheelchair spaces. Photo credit: Fort Bend County Public Transportation Department

 

Right now if you want to use public transit in Richmond or Rosenberg, you have to call and make a reservation for on-demand bus service. And that’s what a lot of people are doing. Those buses make about 120,000 trips a year.

Fort Bend Public Transportation Director Paulette Shelton says demand has grown so much, they have to turn some people away.

“I think we have a rather diverse set of riders. We have those who are transit dependent. They don’t perhaps own a car or have another way to get around,” says Shelton.   

Starting in July, those riders can hop aboard a bus that makes regular stops. Those buses carry 19 passengers and they’ll service three routes in Richmond and Rosenberg. Shelton says that includes service along Highway 90 connecting the two communities.

“Going to one stop and picking up four or five people is much more efficient in terms of our operations as opposed to going to four or five different homes,” Shelton explains.

The new fixed-route service will cost about $460,000 a year. Shelton says it’ll be paid for with a mix of local, state, and federal funds. The fare is $1.00 per trip.

According to the American Public Transportation Association, ridership on smaller bus systems grew by 2% last year.  

 

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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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