Transportation

Metro Is Considering Park and Ride Bus for Conroe

The new service would take riders into downtown Houston and the Texas Medical Center

A METRO commuter bus in downtown Houston.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) is funded by a one-cent sales tax collected by cities in its service area.

Last year Metro approved a new policy that would allow the agency to operate buses outside of its service area if another entity agrees to pay for it. A Conroe park and ride bus would be Metro’s first venture under that new initiative.

Metro Vice President of Planning Kurt Luhrsen outlined plans for the Conroe bus before the Capital and Strategic Planning Committee. He said the bus would leave from a park and ride lot under I-45 in Conroe.

It would make stops in downtown and midtown Houston before proceeding to the Texas Medical Center and the V.A. Medical Center. There would be three buses running on weekday mornings and afternoons.

“This is a service that is somewhat provided right now by The Woodlands,” explained Luhrsen. “Obviously that starts further south than where Conroe is. They have a number of folks on that service that are actually originating in Conroe and believe there is an opportunity to really expand the market.”

Luhrsen said Metro is hoping to soon draft an interlocal agreement that would allow the service to start early next year. Funding for the new commuter service would come from the Houston-Galveston Area Council and the City of Conroe.

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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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