Energy Corridor employees and residents who enjoy commuting on METRO’s 75 Eldridge Crosstown route will be able to hop on smaller, more convenient buses starting January 27.
For many getting to and from The Energy Corridor, the 75 Eldridge has become an indispensible, if not relaxing, way to travel. Rolling out smaller buses will reduce costs for the route, ensuring that service can continue, explains John Nunez, Transportation Manager for The Energy Corridor District (ECD), which developed the alternative commute program in partnership with METRO.
“Smaller buses have been tried and tested on other routes to positive reviews,” Nunez says. “They cost approximately 30 percent less to operate than the large buses now serving the route. The savings to the ECD and METRO will help keep this valuable service to commuters going.”
The buses taking over the 75 Eldridge Crosstown are new, with bike racks and wheelchair accessibility.
Commuters wishing to try the 75 Eldridge Crosstown route can do so for free every Friday through September 2014 as part of The Energy Corridor District’s “Free Ride Fridays” promotion.
The ECD was instrumental in establishing the 75 Eldridge Crosstown route with METRO by obtaining partial funding through a Federal Transit Association grant.
Through connections at METRO’s Addicks and Mission Bend Park and Rides, the 75 Eldridge provides access to major Houston companies and employment centers. The route also serves the business, retail and restaurant centers found along Eldridge Parkway from the Katy Freeway to the Westpark Tollway. Riders use the route to reach the Terry Hershey Park entrance at Eldridge Parkway and Enclave Parkway.
Learn more about the 75 Eldridge Crosstown and Free Ride Fridays by visiting 75eldridge.org. Then jump on a smaller bus starting January 27 and let the ECD know what you think of the ride.