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Posted on: October 16, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions: MCTX METRO Service Expands; 364 Flex Route Launched Oct. 15

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The “Show Me City” and METRO have again expanded local transportation options for residents and visitors by adding a Missouri City Flex Route (364 MCTX Flex) to connect riders of the Park & Ride routes (Fondren Park and Highway 6) with five popular destinations and some locations on Highway 6 that are within City limits.

The new service comes onboard more than a month after the MCTX Community Connector bus launched and offers customers additional flexibility to travel to work, school, home and businesses in the area, METRO and City officials said.

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To help riders prepare to use the new transit services, here are some frequently asked questions and associated responses:

What is the new 364 MCTX Flex Route? 

This transport provides hourly fixed-route service at select bus stop locations in Missouri City, as well as flexible curb-to-curb bus service along and up to one-half mile on either side of Highway 6, between Dulles Avenue and the Missouri City Highway 6 Park & Ride (within city limits).

Is a reservation necessary to use the 364 Flex Route?

No. Residents may begin their ride from one of the seven fixed bus stops and exit the bus at any of the other fixed bus stops. But a special reservation request is needed if the customer would like to be dropped off at any location within a half mile of the route on Highway. 6. To make a reservation, call 713.739.3823.

What are the seven 364 Flex Route bus stops? 

The seven permanent bus stops throughout Missouri City, offering regular service each hour includes:

  • Missouri City Park & Ride (13849 Fondren Rd.)
  • Fort Bend County Annex (307 Texas Pkwy.)
  • City Hall Complex, Missouri City Library, Houston Community College (1522 Texas Pkwy.)
  • Missouri City Public Safety Headquarters (3849 Cartwright Rd.)
  • Walmart (5501 Hwy. 6)
  • Aldi Food Market (6016 Sienna Ranch Rd.), Houston Methodist (8200 Hwy. 6)
  • Missouri City Hwy. 6 Park & Ride (10250 Hwy. 6)

Is the 364 Flex Route vehicle same as the 363 Community Connector? 

No. The 364 Flex Route will utilize a minivan-style vehicle which can accommodate up to four passengers plus one person in a wheelchair.

MCTX Van Wrap

How is the new route different from the 363 MCTX Community Connector?

The Community Connector only has two anchor points (Missouri City Park & Ride: 13849 Fondren Rd. & Walmart: 5501 Hwy. 6) to board the bus unless a reservation is scheduled for a pick-up and a drop-off within the set zone. See Map

Whereas the 364 Flex route is designed for seven stops including the two METRO Park & Rides. The new route also covers some of the areas that are not part of the Community Connector zone. See Map

When was this new initiative approved?

At their Monday, April 16, 2018, regular meeting, Missouri City Council Members unanimously approved a resolution that grants consent and approval to the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) to provide a community connector option within Missouri City. The 363 Community Connector was launched on Monday, Aug. 27 and the 364 Flex Route was launched on Monday, Oct. 15.

Will there be increased traffic within subdivisions?

The vehicles will not operate in a traditional fixed route pattern. If a bus or van were to enter a subdivision, it would be due to a service request within the neighborhood.

What costs are associated with this service?

METRO’s fare policy will be applicable to these MCTX METRO services. Passengers using a METRO Q Fare Card will pay $1.25 for the initial boarding and can make unlimited boardings in any direction within a three-hour time period. Half-price rides are available for students, Medicare cardholders and seniors (65-69) with a discount METRO Q Fare Card or Day Pass. All other options that fall under METRO’s fare policy, including the 70+ Ride Free Card, Veterans Pass and others will be accepted as METRO fare.

The operational cost of the service, estimated at an annualized variable cost of $500,000, will be paid for by METRO. One cent of Missouri City residents’ sales tax currently goes to METRO for public transportation, including these new services.

What is a METRO Q Fare Card?

This is a unique card that contains a microchip storing a cash balance. The card is used to pay the fare and automatically deducts the amount each time. The card can be purchased at the following local grocery stores in Missouri City:

  • Kroger: 6200 Hwy. 6 (Colony Lakes), Missouri City, TX 77459
  • Kroger: 10250 Hwy. 6 (Fort Bend Tollway), Missouri City, TX 77459
  • Fiesta: 1530 Independence Blvd., Missouri City, TX 77489
  • Foodarama: 1603 Cartwright Rd., Missouri City, TX 77489
  • H-E-B Lake Colony: 4724 Hwy. 6, Missouri City, TX 77459
  • H-E-B Sienna Market: 8900 Hwy. 6, Missouri City, TX 77459

Can the METRO Q Fare Cards be ordered online? 

Yes. Residents may visit www.shop.ridemetro.org to order the appropriate fare card including the 70+ Ride Free Senior cards and receive it in mail within 7-10 business days.

Customers also have the option to pick up their order at the RideStore, 1001 Travis, Houston, TX 77002. The store is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; for more details call, 713.652.8994.

How is the launch of these METRO services in Missouri City unique?

Missouri City is the first community in Fort Bend County to offer these custom services. The MCTX vehicles will feature the “Show Me City”-themed design in the images above. METRO and MCTX design teams collaborated on the customized wraps.

What is the 363 Community Connector bus?

METRO’s MCTX Community Connector brings personalized, curb-to-destination service to “Show Me City” residents and visitors. This on-demand service allows individuals to travel anywhere within a zone, seven days a week, from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., all for $1.25. The Community Connectors are 12-passenger ARBOC buses and are able to fit two wheelchairs.

For updates, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX, watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse) or download the MCTX Mobile app (available for free in Google Play and the Apple app store).

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