Transportation

Reverse Commuters to The Woodlands Are Getting A New Bus Service

The bus will bring commuters from Houston to employment centers in that suburb.

Woodlands Express is a commuter bus service that’s operated by The Woodlands Township, with the help of a federal transit grant. About 2,700 riders a day use the service to get from The Woodlands to downtown Houston. It also stops in the Med Center and Greenway Plaza.

But when the buses head back to Montgomery County, they’re empty.

To fill those seats, The Woodlands Township Board of Directors has approved a new reverse-commuting program. The Woodlands Director of Community Relations Nick Wolda says the buses will now start carrying people from Houston to the suburbs.

“There’s really no risk on our part as far as the financial risk because these are buses already coming back,” says Wolda.  

But once you get riders to The Woodlands, how do you get them to the places where they work? Wolda says they plan to discuss that with some of the area’s major employers.

“Those are things we’ll be working through over the next few weeks,” adds Wolda. “And we plan to launch this service once we develop and work out a lot of these details.”

Woodlands Express is planning to start the reverse commuting program after the first of the year. The fare for a round-trip is currently $13.

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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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