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Jun 25
Who's using public transportation?


The most comprehensive regional study ever conducted examined who's riding public transportation in the Houston region.

The study was commissioned by the Houston-Galveston Area Council in partnership with METRO and conducted by the ETC Institute, a market research and survey company, along with CTG, an IT services provider and RSG, a research strategy group. Linda Cherrington of Texas A&M Transportation Institute presented the findings to a METRO board committee last week. The study included seven other agencies with fixed-route bus service in the area, reported Gail Delaughter of Houston Media Source.

Most of the some 22,000 respondents were METRO bus and train customers.

The majority – 58 percent – use public transportation to get to work, while 20 percent take public transit for shopping or personal business. Only about 10 percent use a bus or train to go to school.

"That means 88 percent of all the trips were directly contributing to the region's economy," said Linda Cherrington of TTI.

If you don't ride the bus or train regularly to work, try us out at least one day a week. Simply tap your METRO Q® Fare Card and hop on board. It's only $1.25 for local bus or train, one way.

This summer, until Sept. 1, all students, from kindergarten through college, ride free on METRO. Get your student Q Card now, and in the fall, your card that gives you free summer rides will convert to a student fare card that gives you a discount of half-price fares all year-long.




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