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Beat the Traffic: Energy Corridor supports alternatives to driving

by Katherine Whaley / 11 News

khou.com

Posted on August 31, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 1 at 5:30 PM

HOUSTON -- It's a booming area that's home to thousands of workers in the energy sector, and now, businesses in Houston's Energy Corridor are working together to cut down commute time for employees.  The Energy Corridor lies roughly along Memorial Drive and Eldridge Parkway in West Houston and is home to over 100 energy-sector businesses.

Clark Martinson starts his morning trip to the office on two wheels rather than four. "I have a ten mile commute on my bicycle," he explained.  Martinson is the General Manager of the Energy Corridor District, but he's also a pioneer for alternative commuter solutions.
 
Martinson rides his bike to Metro's Addicks Park and Ride stop to catch the 75 Energy Corridor Connector ("the 75 Connector"), the new metro bus route circling the Energy Corridor.  The route makes stops every ten to fifteen minutes, and provides a link between some of Houston's biggest employers.  About 5,000 use the route every month, and several companies in the Energy Corridor provide financial incentives to people who use it.  "We encourage you to take the bus and we will pay your cue card at metro," Martinson explains.
 
The goal is to get everyone on-board with alternatives like biking, vanpooling, or riding the bus.  "It's a nice experience, I love it... [there's] no stress from the drive, no wear and tear on your car," rider Gwen Bell told 11 News.
 
Martinson projects the number of workers in the Energy Corridor to grow from 75,000 to 105,000 in the next 20 years, and he believes companies should be a part of the traffic solution. "Alternatives to regular commuting are going to be essential for any business district to prosper in the future."
 
For more information on the 75 Connector, including routes and fares, click on the link below:

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