The Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) provides transportation solutions to individuals in the cities of Houston, Bellaire, Bunker Hill Village, El Lago, Hedwig Village, Hilshire Village, Humble, Hunters Creek, Katy, Missouri City, Piney Point, Southside Place, Spring Valley, Taylor Lake Village and West University Place.
METRO operates a new bus network, three light rail lines, park & ride lots and transit centers and an extensive HOV/HOT Express Lane system.
Fort Bend County Public Transit provides residents with demand response and commuter services. Currently, Fort Bend County Transit offers three fixed-route commuter services into Harris County including destinations to Greenway Plaza, the Texas Medical Center, and the Galleria and Yorktown.
For information on Fort Bend County Transit’s Guaranteed Ride Home program, call 281-633-7433.
Harris County Transit provides residents outside of the Metro service area with transportation alternatives. Currently, Harris County Transit operates the Baytown Park and Ride including destinations in Baytown, La Porte, Highlands, and Crosby.
The Woodlands Express service provides a comfortable, convenient and economical way to commute. Destinations include the Texas Medical Center, Greenway Plaza, as well as the Central Business District of Houston. Scheduled service is provided Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
The Woodlands Township operates three Park & Ride lots in Montgomery County, known as the The Woodlands Express.
Island Transit is the City of Galveston’s public transportation system. It operates a fixed-route bus service as well as a Dial-a-Ride curb-tocurb service for those eligible persons who are unable, due to disability, to use the regular fixed-route service.
The Gulf Coast Center operates a transportation program known as Connect Transit. Connect Transit provides demand response service in Galveston and Brazoria counties. Demand response services are shared ride services with pickup and delivery from curb to curb.
Colorado Valley Transit District has offered demand responsive service and deviated route service since 1986 in Austin, Colorado, Waller and Wharton Counties. Currently, five shuttles are being operated under the vanpool program with commuters from Fayetteville, Austin, and Harris Counties transporting employees to Colorado and Waller Counties.
Have some coworkers you’d like to share a ride with? METRO STAR can help you set up a vanpool for your office. In addition to the savings you gain from leaving your car at home, you also receive financial incentives from METRO STAR. If you don’t have a group that’s interested, METRO STAR’s ride-matching program can connect you with commuters who live near you to form your own vanpool.
METRO STAR is a service that saves money, reduces stress and helps you relax to and from work. STAR offers hundreds of scheduled routes in these counties: Harris, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller.
With over 700 STAR routes, they serve thousands of origins and destinations. STAR operates from convenient meeting locations and makes only limited stops traveling directly to destinations.
According to the American Automobile Association, the average annual cost to operate a car is $8,698. By sharing a ride, you could save hundreds of dollars every year on gas, parking and car maintenance. You might even get a discount on your auto insurance. Plus, with two or more people in the car, you have access to high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes that let you breeze past all the people riding alone in their cars and stuck in gridlock.
Tips for carpooling:
Connect with your employer for carpooling services or incentives
Organize a carpool with co-workers, share a ride once a week
Contact your local transit providers to see what carpooling services are available in your area
Check with your local neighborhood associations for potential carpooling options