Transportation

Pearland Commuters Have A New Park And Ride Bus Service To Downtown Houston

The City of Pearland is partnering with a private bus company to offer a service that will make several stops in the Medical Center and downtown Houston.

A new bus service will take commuters from Pearland to stops in the Medical Center and downtown area.

Pearland commuters don’t have a METRO park and ride bus because the city isn’t in the transit agency’s service area. Local officials now hope to fill that gap through a partnership between the City of Pearland and the Kerrville Bus Company.

Pearland Deputy City Manager Jon Branson said the service is being operated as a three-year pilot program.

“In order for the program to be successful there needs to be approximately 250 or more riders each day,” said Branson. “Once that threshold is met then I think we can plan on a successful service.”

The bus makes stops in the Medical Center and downtown Houston. Commuters can catch it at the city-owned Shadow Creek Ranch Sports Complex on Pearland’s west side.

“We’re looking at other sites if the program grows, to where we could have multiple locations within the city,” said Branson. “This one is on the west side, which is where we believe based on information that we have, that’s where the vast majority of individuals that work in the Med Center and downtown reside.”

The Pearland park and ride bus will run five days a week, excluding holidays. The first bus departs Pearland at 5:35 a.m. and the last one leaves at 7:30 a.m.

A round-trip costs $13.50 if you buy a ticket online, or $16 at the bus stop. There are discounts available for purchasing multiple rides.

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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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