POSTED: Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 13, 2014 - 10:28am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — After one year and well over 50,000 riders later, the Metro Connect is proving to be a very useful transportation service in the Rio Grande Valley.
The bus routes carry people to and from Brownsville, McAllen, UTPA and South Padre Island.
"I think people really like it," said B Metro director Norma Zamora. "People who are using the service to commute back and forth to work or to school find it very beneficial to them and at a cost savings-huge cost savings to them."
The red, blue and green lines make up the Metro Connect routes. The red line, which connects Brownsville to McAllen, is the only one that costs money at $5.
If you use the Metro Connect instead of your own car five days a week, you could save up to nine times the amount of money you would spend on gas and maintenance.
"It is at least you know, a sixty percent savings from what they currently have to pay," said Zamora.
The Metro Connect isn't just expected to be a huge help for everyday citizens though. Once UT-RGV is created, the bus will be able to bring an influx of college students between campuses.
"It's really going to benefit the students and the staff that will be working at the university. It provides a convenient, safe, and reliable service at an affordable price," said Zamora.