New larger shuttle buses ready to serve UH campus
more comfortable buses will carry students, faculty and staff around campus this
fall on the university’s shuttle service.
The new fleet for the Cougar Line replaces the smaller temporary shuttles that
were put into place last semester when Groome Transportation took over as the
new service provider.
The buses are hard to miss: They have oversized images of actual University of
Houston students on the back and sides. Riders will notice they hold more
passengers and have comfortable, cloth seats emblazoned with the UH logo. The
buses also have video monitors mounted on the inside that will allow Parking and
Transportation Services to broadcast UH-related information.
“We think students will really enjoy the experience of riding our new buses as
they get around campus,” said Robert Browand, director of Parking and
Transportation Services. “Once they step on board, they will immediately notice
how much of an upgrade they are to the temporary shuttles that were in place
video provides an excellent glimpse into the new buses and what they offer.
As people board the spacious new buses, they are being asked to swipe their
Cougar Cards in an electronic reader adjacent to the door as part of the “Make
Your Ride Count” campaign. The push to get riders to swipe their Cougar Cards is
being made with one goal in mind: improving service.
“We’ll be able to take a close look at ridership numbers on the different routes
at different times of day and adjust bus frequencies as needed,” Browand said.
The card-reading machines will keep track of how many riders are boarding, but
do not read any personal information.
The routes for the Cougar Line are not changing. Maps are available online for
those who want to see the
Express and the
Outer Loop routes.
Anyone with questions about the Cougar Line or the “Make Your Ride Count”
campaign can call Parking and Transportation Services at 832-842-1097 or email