Metro Connect service available in South Padre Island
POSTED: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 1:53pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 23, 2013 - 11:34am
MCALLEN, TX — Metro Connect, the Valley’s newest Regional Public Transportation provider, has opened its doors to the public. On Wednesday November 6, Metro Connect invited citizens to try the new system, free of charge, which offers express service throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
Back in May, the City of Brownsville was awarded $1.4 million in grant funds from the Texas Department of Transportation to provide a new intercity express bus service between Brownsville, South Padre Island, McAllen and other cities in between. The grant award is part of the Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5311 Non-urbanized Area Formula Grant Program which provides states with funding for Intercity Bus Service. The City of Brownsville in partnership with Valley Transit Company, the City of McAllen, and the City of South Padre Island will utilize $1.4 million in funds to operate Metro Connect, the express bus service system, throughout the region.
Metro Connect is expanding transportation options by linking our bus transportation hubs in Brownsville (La Plaza station) and in McAllen (Central Station), as well as our local Universities, and South Padre Island.
Individuals that need to commute across the Rio Grande Valley can now do so in an express fashion with Metro Connect. Metro Connect currently operates three (3) bus lines: the green line connecting UTPA to McAllen, the red line connecting McAllen to Brownsville (with connections to VTC’s Harlingen Terminal and the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets), and the blue line connecting Brownsville to South Padre Island. Current hours of operation are Monday through Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Metro Connect will not operate on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day in observance of the holiday.
For any questions, individuals can contact the Metro Connect dispatch center toll free at 1-855-220-8827 or via the website at www.rgvmetroconnect.com.