Fulshear begins public transit study

Fulshear Economic Development Director Angela Fritz speaks at the Jan. 30 public meeting about Fulshear's transit study. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Fulshear Economic Development Director Angela Fritz speaks at the Jan. 30 public meeting about Fulshear's transit study. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Fulshear Economic Development Director Angela Fritz speaks at the Jan. 30 public meeting about Fulshear's transit study. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Fulshear has begun a study to examine options for public transit, such as buses or park and ride services

“This is just an initial, very contextual, 50,000-foot look for Fulshear as we grow and develop exponentially,” Fulshear Economic Development Director Angela Fritz said at a Jan. 30 public meeting about the study, of which about 15 people attended.

“It’s a first [look] at where people are, where they need to go and how they’re getting there,” she added.

Fulshear residents are encouraged to submit comments, suggestions and ideas by March 1 via email to transit@fortbendcountytx.gov or by mail to 301 Jackson St., Richmond, TX 77469.

The study team—Fulshear and Fort Bend County Public Transportation as well as consultants WSP and The Lentz Group—will review the feedback, develop transit concepts and create a plan to present to the city, county and residents.

A second public meeting will be held in the spring to review the transit concepts, and a final plan will be presented in the summer. No projects will be funded or pursued until the city choses to.

The $140,000 public transit study is managed by FBCPT, which received grant money from the Federal Transit Authority and the Texas Department of Transportation to fund the study, said Director Perri D’Armond and Assistant Director Yvette Maldonado of FBCPT.

“[Fulshear’s fast growth meant] it needed its own special look,” D’Armond said.

According to the Jan. 30 presentation, 97% of Fulshear residents drive to work, and most drive about 40 minutes to their workplace.

The only existing public transit service available to Fulshear residents is FBCPT’s demand-response service, according to a presentation by FBCPT. In this service, residents can prebook $1 rides throughout the county.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County does not service Fort Bend County, except for Missouri City and small areas in Katy and the Cinco Ranch area, per the presentation.

FBCPT has bus routes from park and rides in Rosenberg and Sugar Land—about 15-25 miles away from Fulshear—to the Texas Medical Center, Galleria area and Greenway area and back. It also offers a bus route to and from Richmond and Rosenburg.
By Jen Para

Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Jen has written about business, politics and education. Prior to CI, Jen was the web producer at Houston Business Journal.


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