Pearland park and ride pilot to begin July 15

Mockups of possible park and ride buses show what Pearland's service could look like.

Mockups of possible park and ride buses show what Pearland's service could look like.

On July 15, Pearland is launching its park and ride pilot with the Kerrville Bus Co. The city is looking for the pilot system to gauge interest in the program. If it garners enough interest, it could potentially become a permanent fixture in the city.

“For many years, residents of Pearland have requested park and ride services,” Deputy City Manager Jon Branson said. “The intent of the program is to better understand the actual needs of the community and, based on those results of the program, plan accordingly for future transit services."

The park and ride service will take Pearland residents in and out of the Texas Medical Center and downtown Houston. The Sports Complex at Shadow Creek Ranch is the pickup and drop-off point for the park and ride. This is the only spot in the west side of Pearland—where the majority of Pearland’s TMC employees reside—that can support the ridership, Branson said.

In the first year, the park and ride services are expected to bring in 300 passengers a day, though the provider would prefer to double that, Branson said. The program would need over 1,100 passengers daily to become sustainable, which is projected to occur in year three, as Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

If the program is successful, there could be more stops for the park and ride throughout the city, including at both city-owned and non-city-owned facilities, Branson said.
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