With traffic congestion on the rise and the average cost of gas per gallon in Houston hovering around $2.10, now is an ideal time to consider using alternate methods of transportation for your work commute. We encourage you to give it a try and dump the pump during Westchase District Transit Week, June 13-17.
Getting to work within, to or from Westchase District is easy. Residents who chose not to drive also have access to:
- Two Park & Ride centers
- Ten METRO bus routes
- METRO STAR Van Pool Program (A vanpool is a group of 5 to 15 commuters who save money, time and stress by sharing their ride in a STAR van. METRO STAR serves an eight-county region, which includes Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, Waller and Harris Counties so you don’t need to live inside the METRO service area in order to participate in a vanpool. Register to find others who live and work near you and have similar schedules.
You can also email STAR@ridemetro.org. STAR riders and bus patrons without midday service can sign up for the Emergency Ride/Guaranteed Ride Home program. The free service provides commuters a way home in the event of a midday emergency, up to three times per calendar year. Sign up here. Questions about how it works? Visit the STAR FAQ page.
Vanpoolers get free use of HOV lanes, which makes their commute faster than driving alone. METRO provides information about High Occupancy Vehicle and High Occupancy Toll lanes (HOV and HOT lanes). Earn rewards for all the vanpool trips you take when you register with NuRide. It’s free and easy to sign up at www.NuRide.com.
Already, Westchase District has placed more than two dozen area employees in vanpools for free trials the week of June 13. “I’ve participated in personal carpools, but I wanted to give this a try,” said Mary Hicks with Schlumberger. “I feel that even if two people can ride together to work, it helps to cut down on the number of single drivers. I think that helps ease traffic congestion and makes for an easier commute. I’m eager to try it.”