The Houston-Galveston Area Council is considering new public transportation options for Pearland and is asking for input from residents.

The gist

From March 19 to March 21, the H-GAC held two in-person and one online public meeting to receive community input on desired public transportation in Pearland.

Over the past 30 years, Pearland’s population has increased significantly, obliging the city to consider bolstering its public transportation offerings, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

During the meetings, participants were shown a presentation highlighting community feedback on desired public transit infrastructure sourced from previous studies.

Diving in deeper

According to a 2022 survey shown in the presentation, the majority of respondents in Pearland said they would support the city implementing a public transit service, especially for senior citizens.

The presentation also showed Pearland has a sizable commuter out-flow, with more than 71,000 residents commuting daily outside the city. The Texas Medical Center in Houston was the top destination for commuters, according to the presentation.

In the past, Pearland has considered transit service between Hwy. 288 and the Texas Medical Center, according to the presentation.

The presentation outlined the pros and cons of multiple public transportation options, including:
  • Commuter transit
  • Park and ride
  • Microtransit
  • Ride hailing
One more thing

Pearland residents were encouraged to follow the study’s website, and send comments and inquiries to H-GAC Project Manager Alan Rodenstein at [email protected]

A final report and presentation will be given later this year.