County bus service hits 1 million riders

HARRIS COUNTY – December 2020 brought a milestone achievement for Harris County Transit’s (HCT) Fixed Route bus service. They achieved their 1,000,000-passenger boarding milestone!

The passenger boarding count commenced with the start-up on July 28, 2008 through December 16, 2020. Service began with a two-route system in Baytown and has grown into a twelve-route system serving 185 route miles in east Harris County, with 3,685,428 total miles driven since 2008.

During the COVID-19 shut down, HCT has maintained the same level of service, and ridership has only decreased by seven percent. Nationwide, other transit agencies have had to shut down or reduce services and many have seen as much as a 50%-60% drop in ridership.

All of the Harris County Transit services are following the Regional SITSAFE program to ensure maximum safety for passengers and drivers.