METRO launches new bus service

METRO has launched a new bus route on Houston's west side

January 25, 2010 10:31:48 AM PST
METRO continues to expand bus service in our region. This morning it launched the 75 Energy Corridor Connector, which runs along Eldridge between the Katy Freeway and Westheimer. METRO says this new service will help not just employees who work in this area, but the goal is also to bring more customers to the restaurants and stores here. The route runs along Eldridge Parkway between I-10 and stretches all the way to Richmond. Its target ridership will be the employees who work for the many energy companies headquartered here.

It is convenient for employees who are reverse commuting from downtown. But since there are 62 stops along this route METRO says it also expects people to use the bus service to get to the many stores and restaurants in the area without using a car.

"You actually can catch two of our Park-n-Rides from downtown in the midtown area and you can actually pick up the 75 and go to work if you work in the energy corridor," explained METRO spokesperson Raequel Roberts. "Also what we are hoping to encourage is that people will leave their cars in their parking lots at their offices or residences who live along the corridor and ride the bus to Target and to restaurants and to all the different locations that are on this route."

This project was funded in part with federal grant money. The projected ridership for the route is nearly 600 riders per day.

The cost for riders is a $1.25 one way. Buses arrive every 15 minutes from 6-9am and every 15 minutes from 9am to 2pm. Check here for specific schedules and maps.