Since 1985, The Woodlands Express Park & Ride service has experienced an annual growth rate of 30%. In 1992, extensive on-board and community-wide surveys were conducted by TGC to ascertain the existing latent and future demand for park & ride service in South Montgomery County. The results of these surveys indicated that additional parking spaces would be necessary to meet the anticipated demand for park & ride service. Two facilities, in addition to an existing facility at South Park Drive, were identified for development. The surveys and a park & ride demand analysis indicated that an optimal place for a park & ride facility would be in the northern portion of The Woodlands on Research Forest Drive.
Road improvements were made to allow convenient access to the park & ride facility and to accommodate the additional peak-hour congestion caused by park & ride users and bus traffic to the facility.
Other elements TGC was responsible for in the development of this project included the following:
- Land Appraisal
- Land Acquisition
- Development of Site Access Driveway
- Creation of 400 Parking Spaces
- Creation of Shelter
- Construction Management
- Project Management
- Other Access Improvements
Service at the Research Forest Park & Ride facility began operations in 1996. TGC oversaw expansion of the park & ride which was completed in 2009.