Bus

Houston Metro forced to cut costly airport service

Posted on August 11, 2011

High costs and low ridership forced Houston Metro to end its three-year-old airport shuttle service.

The decision was made at a public hearing last month where the community was invited to share comments on the agency’s August service changes, which go in effect Aug. 21, 2011.

The Airport Direct service, also referred to as route 500, launched in August 2008, offering patrons express service to George Bush Intercontinental Airport every 30 minutes for $15 one-way.

In an effort to boost its numbers, Metro, with support from the George R. Brown Convention Center, downtown hotels and the downtown district, adjusted the route to include additional stops at hotels and reduced the fare to $4.50 from $15.

Ridership did spike following the fare decrease, but did not reach a level where service could be sustained.

"Our concern for Airport Direct stemmed strictly from the costs of the service versus revenues we could realistically achieve, not its desirability or our personal wish that it succeed," said Metro President/CEO George Greanias.

Airport Direct will run its last trip Saturday, Aug. 20.

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Registration extended for relationship-building event, TBX 2019

Senior-level transit and paratransit employees who qualify will receive a full grant to attend that includes travel and education.

California's SamTrans to study express bus service feasibility

Service aims to improve mobility options and ease freeway congestion in San Mateo County and launch as a pilot in mid-2019.

New Flyer to provide 10 60-foot buses for ABQ Ride

The city issued a recommendation of award for 60-foot, articulated, five-door clean diesel buses to New Flyer under a 2016 solicitation.

ARBOC's Spirit of Equess passes Altoona Testing

Currently available in diesel or compressed natural gas propulsions, the vehicle offers many of the capabilities of a heavy-duty bus, but retains all the benefits of a mid-level vehicle.

First Transit awarded California operations, maintenance contract

Will provide the City of Visalia with day-to-day operations and oversight for 87 vehicles, employing 130. 

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation