Local Park & Ride to begin Oct. 1

EAST HARRIS COUNTY— Beginning Oct. 1 commuters will be able to take a Metro bus from the San Jacinto Mall to downtown Houston.
Following the current METRO Route 236, the bus will pass through the Maxey Road Lot before proceeding to several stops in downtown Houston.
Morning service hours will be 6:00 a.m. until 7:20 a.m. with departures every 25 minutes. Afternoon service hours, also with departures every 25 minutes will begin at 4:10 p.m. with the final pick-up at 6:05 p.m.
Harris County Precinct Two Commissioner Sylvia R. Garcia said that last week that the next step in providing Park and Ride Service between Baytown and downtown Houston has passed another hurdle.
The Commissioners’ Court, on Sept. 11, approved three items necessary for the county to begin this first-of-its-kind service.
The items approved unanimously allow for a grant to be accepted from the Houston Galveston Area Council (HGAC) in the amount of $124,020 for this pilot project.
An agreement with SJM Realty, Ltd. was approved which allows the county to use the San Jacinto Mall parking lot as a pick up and drop off point in Baytown.
The agreement with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, in which Metro provides and operates the busses, was also approved.
“I am so excited as we finally near the beginning of this service next month, because this has been a long and difficult road. Moving from a starting point of no mass transit at all for East Harris County to a new Park & Ride route in Baytown is both amazing and a tribute to the hard work we have all put toward improving mobility in Precinct Two.” Garcia said.