Proposed Route Changes
Brownsville Metro is considering options to improve bus service for current and future riders. Currently, several routes are indirect or infrequent. In addition, some route segments have low ridership while others could support a higher level of service.
The maps below show existing routes in comparison with two potential service scenarios. Each scenario is intended to address current issues and improve overall service.
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Existing System vs. Scenario 1: Coverage and Connectivity
Scenario 1 is designed to maximize the geographic coverage area of transit service in Brownsville.
Route 2 would run every 30 minutes all day. Routes 6 and 11 would run every 30 minutes during morning and afternoon peak periods. All other routes would run every 60 minutes all day.
- Route 1 would be extended north on Alton Gloor to serve several residential neighborhoods and the Walmart Supercenter. On weekends, it would extend further north to serve the 77 Flea Market.
- Route 2 would be extended to the Northside Transfer Center (NTC) and would provide more direct service from both LaPlaza and the NTC to Sunrise Mall and several hotels along the southbound service road of US 77.
- Route 3 would be shortened to provide hourly service between NTC and Walmart Supercenter on W. Alton Gloor Boulevard. Service south of NTC would be provided by other routes.
- Route 5 would be restructured to serve NTC rather than Walmart Supercenter, and would shift service from W. Ruben Torres Sr. Boulevard and McAllen Road to Los Ebanos Boulevard, Price Road, and Old Alice Road.
- Route 6 would focus primarily on serving International Boulevard and Southmost Boulevard in both the eastbound and westbound direction. It would also be extended east to serve Lopez High School and the IDEA Frontier campus.
- Route 7 would be restructured to connect NTC with the future East Side Transfer Center (ETC) and Brownsville / South Padre Island International Airport.
- Route 8 would focus primarily on serving neighborhoods south of Southmost Boulevard in both the eastbound and westbound direction. It would also be extended east to serve Lopez High School.
- Route 9 would be extended northeast along Padre Island Highway to serve the Port of Brownsville before continuing on to serve Rivera High School. Service would also shift from 14 Street, south of Boca Chica Boulevard, to Palm Boulevard, Mexico Boulevard, and Sam Perl Boulevard on trips to and from La Plaza.
- Route 11 would operate along the same alignment as it currently does.
- Route 30 would be restructured to operate between Southmost Boulevard and Padre Island Boulevard, via South Dakota Avenue, Iowa Avenue, Houston Road, Vermillion Avenue, and E. Ruben Torres Sr. Boulevard.
- Route 13, 14, and 20 would be eliminated, with parts of its service coverage picked by other routes
Existing System vs. Scenario 2: Frequency and Directness
Scenario 2 would simplify routes and provide frequent service along major corridors.
Routes 2, 6 and 11 would run every 30 minutes all day. Routes 1 and 13 would run every 30 minutes during morning and afternoon peak period. All other routes would run every 60 minutes all day.
- Route 1 would be extended to the B&M International Bridge, Sunrise Mall, North Transfer Center.
- Route 2 would be extended to the North Transfer Center.
- Route 3 would extend to the 77 Flea Market on weekends
- Route 5 would be replaced by Route 1. Walmart would continue to be served by Route 3.
- Route 6 would operate two-way along International and Southmost.
- Route 7 service west of the airport would be replaced with two-way service along Boca Chica.
- Route 8 would be extended to South Dakota Ave, California Rd and Billy Mitchell.
- Route 9 would be extended northeast along Padre Island Highway to the Port of Brownsville and Rivera High School.
- Route 11 would remain the same.
- Route 13 would be realigned to operate two-way along Palm and Old Alice. The route would be shortened to the North Transfer Center.
- Route 14 would be replaced by Route 1.
- Route 20 would replaced by segments of Routes 1, 2, 3 and 13.
- The western portion of Route 30 would be replaced by Route 8. The remainder of the route would be discontinued.
Scenario 1 vs. Scenario 2