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Baytown Kicks Off New Saturday Bus Service With Free Rides

Officials decided to expand service after surveying riders.


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If you live in Baytown and you don't have a car, and you need to get to work on a Saturday, you're probably going to have to ask a friend for a favor or shell out for a taxi. But starting this Saturday you can take the bus.

David Jones with Harris County Transit said it’s a lot cheaper than a taxi, "and if you have to pay for extra gas for the friend, that cuts that expense down as well."

Jones said they decided to launch the Saturday service after surveying riders on all three of Baytown's bus routes. Along with getting to work, Jones says a lot of riders want to use the bus for Saturday shopping trips along the busy Garth Road corridor. They also want to get to activities at Lee College.

Jones estimates they'll start with about 300 Saturday riders.

"As people get used to the service, we think that will increase our average daily boardings in Baytown right now run around 500 to 600," Jones added.

The Baytown Saturday buses will run from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The fare is $1.00.

To introduce the new service, Harris County Transit is offering free Saturday rides through the end of the month.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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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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