Are you READY???
The Mad Houstonian, here, and tomorrow is a big day around these parts.
After months of planning, build up and education...
After weeks of putting what I called "Guess What? You're Sooo Screwed" signs at affected bus stops and leaving individual new route flyers on buses....
Let's Confuse the Hell Out of Everybody Week is finally here!
Houston Metro Transit has totally revamped its local bus system for the first time in 40 years by burying old routes, adding new ones, significantly adjusting others and switching to a grid system, with more frequent service and more weekend and late service. It's revamped its website as well.
The first week of the new bus network passengers will be compensated for their initial confusion by the fact that they can ride for free from the 16th to the 22nd.
A good thing as there are no doubt far too many passengers who are still mostly clueless about the change to come and how it will affect them.
As for me...I am as ready as I can be.
I recently had jury duty downtown and got out early enough to attend a "get the message out" event Metro held at HQ at the Downtown Transit Center.
While there I picked up the new system map and each and every new bus schedule; I also had interesting chats with several reps who were familiar with the vast transit network I grew up with in SoCal and left behind when I moved here 3 years ago this September.
I had concerns about the new 4, 49 and 68 routes and how late night service would be affected as I and a few others I know rely on them for our work commute.
Walking 30-40 minutes to catch the #4, late at night, especially after 10pm on weekends has been a frequent activity for me and a small, older, woman co-worker of mine and we can't be the only ones what with 2 supermarkets nearby.