Council to consider expanded airport bus-shuttle service

KHOU-11's Doug Miller reports that City Council is considering allowing expanded bus-shuttle service to Houston's airports:

Houston's city council is scheduled to vote this week on a plan that would let you share a ride to the airport aboard a multi-passenger van. The price would vary depending on your ZIP code.

Parking at the airport can be expensive so many people take taxis, but they're not exactly a cheap alternative.

"With the tip, we paid $60," said Sirhan Secman as his taxi dropped him off at the airport. "A lot of money, yeah."

But soon, getting a ride to Houston's airports could get a lot cheaper.

If city council gives its approval, shuttle buses will soon begin picking up passengers at the city's airports and taking them directly to their homes or offices. And it should cost about half the price of a cab ride.

Shuttle buses already carry passengers to fixed stops like hotels and parking lots. But officials say Houston's the last major American city without door to door shuttles.

Cab companies have successfully held off this consumer-friendly improvement for years. It would be nice for City Council finally to do the right thing for citizens and stop worrying so much about propping up the local taxi industry.

Posted by Kevin Whited @ 05/08/06 10:01 PM | Print |

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