Southern Brazoria County Transit Service celebrates its one year anniversary.
June 1, 2010
The buses are ready, the drivers are preparing, the final bus stops signs are being placed, and new route brochures are being printed. Starting Tuesday June 1, regional scheduled bus service provided by Southern Brazoria County Transit service will start on five routes in Lake Jackson, Clute, Freeport and Angleton.Residents who use the service will have convenient access within the cities and region to employment, schools, shopping, county services, medical services and recreational destinations.
Through a partnership between the cities of Lake Jackson, Angleton, Clute, Freeport, Brazosport College, along with other regional stakeholders and Connect Transit/Gulf Coast Center, the new transit service is ready to go. Local officials, stakeholders and Connect Transit have worked persistently over the last several years to successfully implement regional transit service that would meet both the needs of the individual cities and the regional as a whole. As a result, low cost mobility will be available for persons with limited transportation options and other individuals who wish to use alternate transportation.
Total operating cost for the service will be $973,080 for the first year of operation. The four cities have budgeted $115,000 combined towards the first year of operation.State and federal formula funds along with fare box revenues will provide for the remainder of the operating cost of service.Seven new wheelchair accessible buses purchased by Connect Transit and equipped with bicycle racks will run the routes.Routes are identified by the Color of the vehicle.The Regional Route is Gold, Brazosport is Green, Lake Jackson/Clute Circulator is Blue, Angleton Circulator is Purple and the Freeport Circulator is Red.
Selected locations throughout the region including transfer centers and locations with high passenger traffic will have bus shelters, benches and information kiosks.The three transfer locations will be at Angleton City Hall, Brazosport College and Baywood Foods in Freeport.
Rides will be free on all routes through July 31, 2010 to encourage everyone in the communities to hop on board.Fares starting on August 1, 2010 will be $ 1.00 for adults and $ 0.50 seniors, students (5 – 17) and persons with disabilities.
Connect Transportation/ Gulf Coast Center has successfully provided demand response service in Brazoria County since 1985.The recent introduction of scheduled bus service in Texas City, La Marque and Dickinson by Connect Transit has exceeded both expectations and ridership projections.
For additional information contact:
Rick Elizondo, 409-944-4451 firstname.lastname@example.org
James Hollis, 409-944-4446 email@example.com
A description of the individual routes is posted on the Connect Transportation link of this website