Houston Overhauls Transit Service, Increases Ridership

November 15th, 2016
Houston Overhauls Transit Service, Increases Ridership

Each city has its own unique public transit system, and no system is perfect. In New York, the Subway carries commuters and residents from place to place on a regular schedule though a delay-prone system of underground and above-ground trains. Meanwhile in Boston, the T uses mainly above-ground tramcars to take people from place to place. In other cities, however, people rely primarily on bus service for their transit needs.

In Houston, for example, the bus system is becoming more and more user friendly thanks to a recent major overhaul. Last August, the bus system’s outdated service map was upgraded to a newer grid-like system, with more buses running, more station locations and more frequent service. Unfortunately, many commuters were forced to transition from a one-bus commute to routes with additional transfers.

After hearing some negative reviews from customers whose routes were heavily affected by this revised service plan, Houston’s Metro system has made a few further changes and hopes that these new tweaks will placate passengers who were put off by last year’s overhaul. By implementing a more fluid grid system for bus transportation while also incorporating customer feedback, Houston expects to increase ridership on their bus system significantly.

According to some research done by Houston’s Metro service, Saturday and Sunday bus ridership spiked this summer, which showed that more people were using the bus system during their leisure time. Transit officials hope to see a similar increase in commuter percentages over the next several months as well. Ideally, they’d like to see a 20 percent increase in total ridership over the next two years. Based on their progress so far, Houston’s bus service is well on its way to achieving this goal.

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