If you live in Fort Bend County, there's a new way to travel to the Texas Medical Center. The Houston-Galveston Area Council and Fort Bend Transit have kicked off a new park and ride service to and from the Houston Medical Center.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Monday to kick off the new shuttle. It's designed to help both patients and the many Ft. Bend County residents who commute to work in the medical center every day. Bend County Judge Bob Hebert told 11 News, "We have 30 thousand employees of the medical center live who have to fight their way down there every working day, and this gives them an option."
Cowboy Bill (yes, that is really his name) plans to use the shuttle service to go to appointments at the Debakey VA Medical Center. He says many veterans and elderly patients find it difficult to navigate the Medical Center on their own, and the shuttle will provide them with an alternative. "This is the best thing Fort Bend County has done for transportation in ten years," Cowboy Bill told us. At $3.50 per trip, Cowboy Bill says he thinks it's a deal. He says he stands to save hundreds of dollars in gas money, plus about $10 each appointment in parking, and the frustration of driving in one of Houston's busiest areas.
The shuttle makes several stops in the medical center including the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Passengers can access the service from the Fort Bend County Fair Grounds, the University of Houston Sugarland Campus, and First Colony Mall AMC Theater parking lot.
For more information and current shuttle schedule, visit the Fort Bend Transit website: