METRO to add shuttle to Lone Star College-Fallbrook from three locations

The shuttle was created after a student shared his experience trying to get to campus by foot.

FILE: A METRO advertisement in downtown Houston. METRO announced a connector to Lone Star College-Fallbrook from three different locations.

Estavieze Shephard is a student at Lone Star College-Fallbrook. He walks 22 minutes from Veterans Memorial to the Fallbrook location because of the classes he needs. Estavieze’s experience prompted a new pilot program to better help students commute to class.

METRO launched a Lone Star Connector pilot program on Tuesday in partnership with Lone Star College-Fallbrook in North Houston. The connector is a shuttle bus service that will transport some students from a bus stop to campus and provide them with access to three other bus routes in the area.

"This is part of METRO's commitment to listen to the community when y’all had a need and come back with options and solutions," said Sanjay Ramabhadran, Chair of METRO's Board of Directors.

The shuttle bus will run 6.5 miles from the campus with connections to bus lines 85 (Antoine), 86 (FM 1960), 96 (Veterans Memorial). The shuttle will also give students access to the Shepherd Park and Ride and the Greenspoint Transit Center.

Ramabhadran said he hopes the connector will be the start of a growing solution for many who struggle with transportation access.

"We hope this is the beginning of the connector service which will then grow so you can access more and more of the services that METRO offers across our service area," he said.

During a committee meeting in December of last year, a presentation presented to METRO's board to start the program revealed that there is not a METRO service within walking distance of the Fallbrook campus, the closest METRO stop is more than a mile away from the campus, there is limited sidewalk availability along Walters Road near the campus, and METRO provides services to the Lone Star Greenspoint campus.

METRO currently provides services to four other Lone Star Campuses.

According to Lone Star College, many of its students struggle with money and transportation. Chancellor of the Lone Star College System Dr. Stephen C. Head said the new shuttle service will help a lot of its students who struggle with transportation.

“If we can get them here, we know that we can at least give them the opportunity to be successful," he said.

The shuttle will run every 30 minutes Monday – Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. to ensure students and staff have enough time to commute to classes.

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