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Pasadena: Park and Ride
February 7, 2009

Park and Ride service comes to Pasadena with anticipated April kick-off

When Pasadena’s new park and ride opens next month, commuters will have a new, convenient and inexpensive way to reach destinations in downtown Houston or the Medical Center. In addition, the City’s economic director, Paul Davis, said riders will get an added benefit for the first week the park and ride is open: free bus fare.

He said the projected date for it to be fully operational is set for Monday, April 6; if that date holds, the free week of riding would begin that day.

After that first week, fares will be the same as METRO’s other Zone 3 park and ride services, with a one-way fare currently set at $3.75. Patrons using the service will also be eligible to use METRO’s guaranteed ride home program and will be able to connect to other portions of the METRO system.

The park and ride’s buses will depart from the northern part of the Pasadena Town Square Mall parking area, located at Harris Road and Pasadena Boulevard. Riders who board the bus in this location can remain aboard to travel to destinations downtown, or can ride the bus to METRO’s Monroe park and ride, where they will transfer to another METRO bus for destinations in the Medical Center.

Service hours are from 5:45 a.m. until 7:25 a.m. and from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. with departures every 25 minutes, which are the times when commuters working downtown or the Medical Center are most likely to utilize bus services.

Davis said the new bus service is the result of a partnership between the City of Pasadena, Harris County and Houston METRO.

“This is going to be a great service for the residents of Pasadena,” Davis said. “The park and ride will offer people a cost-effective, easy way to get where they need to go. A trip downtown, for example, will cost only $3.75, and the rider will arrive to their destination in about 35 minutes.”

Funding for the park and ride will come from a combination of sources, including the Houston-Galveston Area Council, which will provide 75 percent of the funding through a grant from the Federal Highway Administration, and the Second Century Corporation, which will provide up to $35,000. METRO will build the bus shelter and do the striping. There is no tax obligation for the City.