Metro McAllen Ridership Up 50% with New Schedule

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Transit provider partners with RGV Vipers to Offer Free Park-and-Ride

The City of McAllen’s public transportation system, Metro McAllen, had a spike in ridership for the month of January 2012, an increase of 50% when compared to January of 2011.  The data reflects one month of expanded service hours; overall ridership is up 24% for the first quarter from last year.

Metro McAllen expanded service operation hours for routes 1, 2, 4 and 6 to better serve the community.  Those routes now operate Monday – Saturday from 6:00am – 7:00pm and Sundays from 8:00am – 8:00pm.

“The expanded service hours are convenient for those who work late, attend night classes or just need transportation around town at more accessible hours,” said Elizabeth Suarez, City of McAllen Transit Director.  “To promote our new buses and expanded hours we have been reaching out to our community by visiting South Texas College, UTPA and other local events.”

Metro McAllen also recently partnered with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers Basketball team to offer free park-and-ride service for eight upcoming home games.  Riders who park their vehicles at Pepper’s at Uptown by 6:00pm on scheduled park-and- ride nights will receive free transportation to and from the State Farm Arena and a free ticket to the game.

“This is a great time to support our local basketball team and also a great opportunity for people who have never ridden public transportation to see what it’s like,” said Suarez. Scheduled Park & Ride Dates:

Friday, February 10, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2102

Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

Saturday, March 31, 2012

For more information on Metro McAllen riders are asked to visit www.MetroMcAllen.com, www.Facebook.com/MetroMcAllen or call (956) 681-3510. Story originally written for the City of McAllen.