Today, the Downtown District announced the creation of a new evening and weekend route for their very successful Greenlink circulator service.
Through a partnership between the Downtown District, Houston First Corporation and BG Group, the downtown community can utilize the environmentally friendly buses to get them to popular downtown locations quickly. To date, the buses have operated Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm, but beginning in March they will add a new route connecting the public to local hotspots Thursday and Friday evenings 6:30 pm until midnight, Saturdays from 9 am to midnight and Sundays from 9 am to 6 pm.
Major destinations along the new route include the Theater District, Historic Market Square, Minute Maid Park, George R. Brown Convention Center, Discovery Green, GreenStreet, Main Street Square and City Hall.
“The impetus for the new route came from the downtown business community,” said Bob Eury, executive director of the Downtown District. “As we are seeing more and more development, having a variety of transit options is crucial. Not only does this support the notion of parking once and then getting around in other ways, but it benefits visitors without a car or who may Uber or take a taxi to downtown. Plus it will be a useful amenity for downtown residents.”
A multi-modal transit program is critical to the growth of Houston and downtown. Over the years, the Kinder Houston Area Survey has documented an expanding interest among Harris County residents in being able to visit and to live in more walkable, transit-oriented urban areas.
With the combination of the Greenlink service, the wildly popular BCycle bike share program, and current and new METRORail lines, downtown has never been easier for workers, residents and visitors to navigate and explore.
“Houston’s downtown is rapidly growing, with new hotels, restaurants, nightlife and a major reinvention of the George R. Convention Center. As our city continues to attract more visitors and convention goers, we are thrilled to welcome the expansion of Greenlink’s free and convenient transportation,” said Dawn Ullrich, President of Houston First Corporation. “Our ever expanding public transportation system is key to maintaining a vibrant downtown and our reputation as a first rate city for travelers.”
Fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG), the Greenlink buses are a cleaner transportation alternative, producing less emissions and waste than other comparable buses. Since the service started in June 2012, there has been close to 900,000 riders, averaging approximately 1,000 riders per day.
Greenlink is operated by METRO through an interlocal agreement with the Downtown District.