Other changes mean less frequency and realigned routes
Two years in the making, METRO's System Reimagining project will roll out of the bus barn this summer, when riders in The Energy Corridor can expect changes in bus frequency, routes and route identification numbers.
Come June, METRO will bring seven-day-a-week bus service, extended hours and longer routes to The Energy Corridor.
On the other hand, bus frequency will decrease and one popular bus route will be realigned.
Riders on the 75 Eldridge route will be able to enjoy bus travel seven days a week, 14 hours a day when METRO expands that service. Plus, riders will be able to travel farther when the route is extended from the Mission Bend Park & Ride to West Oaks Mall.
But, while METRO plans to extend the span and range of service for the Eldridge route, bus frequency will be cut from 20 to 30 minutes during peak hours from 6-9 a.m. and from 30 to 60 minutes during off-peak times.
Another significant change moves the Eldridge route off Grisby Road. Buses would run from Memorial up SH 6 to reach the Addicks Park & Ride.
67 Dairy Ashford
Service on the Dairy Ashford route will also expand to seven days a week.
And, when The Energy Corridor District’s Park Row project connects Park Row to N. Dairy Ashford, METRO plans to give bus riders more connections along the route. Service will be extended north of IH-10 to N. Dairy Ashford, Park Row and the Addicks Park & Ride. The District estimates it will complete the Park Row extension project in late 2016.
Meanwhile, commuters taking the 131 Memorial Express route will see a realigned route once METRO implements System Reimagining. Instead of continuing on Memorial Drive to SH 6, the route will run along Grisby Road through the BP campus to SH 6, then up to the Addicks Park & Ride.
“The proposed changes increasing the span and range of local bus service to The Energy Corridor are welcome,” says Kelly Rector, transportation coordinator for The District. “However, The Energy Corridor District has recommended that METRO increase frequency of service. We also recommend that METRO keep the current 75 Eldridge Crosstown route on Grisby Road rather than continuing along Memorial Drive to SH 6.”
Learn more about the planned bus route changes and new route identification numbers by using an interactive map accessed here.