Residents and business workers in the Generation Park neighborhood have a new way to “ … get around.”

“Harris County Transit Plus launched on July 6,” Stephanie Nunez told viewers of Partnership Lake Houston’s Summer Creek BizCom at their virtual meeting Nov. 4. “Transit Plus is an on-demand within defined zones.”

The service is available in the Generation Park area, Nunez said and is not a traditional fixed-route bus system.

Here is how it works:

“We have two zones, a northbound and a southbound,” Nunez explained. “Each has a dedicated vehicle, a small transit bus that seats 18 and two wheelchairs.”

The two zones have two anchor points each, she said, “Gen North” is anchored by the Eastex Park and Ride all the way east to the Walmart Supercenter on Beltway 8. “Gen South” is anchored from the Jim Fonteno Courthouse on Wallisville Road all the way south to the Walmart on Wallisville Road.

The anchor points are not bus stops but areas within which the busses will make stops, Nunez explained.

“This is not a traditional fixed route system. We call it a micro-transit service — like Uber or Lyft,” she said.

To go to the grocery story, a restaurant or physician office, for example, within these two zones, Harris County residents can download the free Harris County Transit Plus app and create an account using their email, phone number and a password.

“Then, just book your trip,” Nunez said. “The trips are different from Uber or Lyft because we only go within the zone, but we can connect you to other transit agencies if you need to go into Houston.”

Cost is $1 for adults, 50 cents for the elderly, disabled and children, and the program serves residents of all ages. Operating hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“This is a great way to bring transit, mobility and independence to young kids, and recently, we have a lot of college students in the Generation Park area using our transit service.”

“Shout it out and let everyone know about this program,” BizCom Emcee Sam Schrade added during the presentation. “One of the keys to having a great place to live is being able to get around. As Lake Houston increases its population, we must come up with creative ways to get people from Point A to Point B. This is an excellent program.”

Nunez briefly mentioned Harris County Transit’s other services:

- Traditional fixed-route service of 10 fixed routes through Baytown, La Porte, Highlands, Crosby, Channelview, Cloverleaf and Sheldon, plus two shuttles that connect to Houston, Baytown, La Porte and Metro Park and Rides.

- ADA Para-Transit Program for the disabled who are unable to use the public transit system.

- Harris County RIDES Program which is a taxi or share ride service for residents age 65 or older or who are disabled. It covers a majority of Harris County.

- Harris County Medical Program which offers nonemergency transportation to medical appointments for residents age 65 or older or who are disabled. This program is free.

Each of the services is outlined in greater detail, harriscountytransit.com.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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