MISSOURI CITY, Texas -- Thousands of folks in Missouri City drive to the medical center every day, but now, Metro is getting ready to make that commute a little easier, with a new park and ride from the south side of the city.
Dorris Daniels drives to the medical center to visit the doctor she’s been seeing for years. "Without park and ride, it's a mess," she told KHOU 11 News. She believes one park and ride from Missouri City just isn't enough. "Oh my gosh, it's really grown since I've been out in that area.”
Metro offers park and ride service from Fondren and Beltway 8, but it's locking down an additional lot to serve the growing communities on the south side. It’s a location officials believe would provide the biggest bang for the buck. “If you look at the zip code data on where the employees live from the Texas Medical Center, the heaviest concentrations of those employees right now are in the City of Pearland, and the city of Missouri City," Kimberly Slaughter, Vice President of Metro Service Design and Development told us.
Metro is working with Fort Bend County on the deal. The hope is to start service as soon as possible, so they're planning temporary route from the parking lot of the Kroger grocery store, at and Highway 6 and the Fort Bend Tollway. "We know that the need is immediate," Slaughter said.
The Kroger parking lot is designed to handle heavy trucks making deliveries, so Metro says it won't have to spend much money to get the parking lot ready for metro buses. "There will be minimal changes that happen to that lot, that is the beauty of having a surface lot that already exists and is in good condition," Slaughter said.
Expect 250-350 park and ride spaces. Metro hopes to have it open in a couple of months.