THE WOODLANDS, TX- After questioning the need for a fourth park and ride in The Woodlands last November, The Woodlands Township board member Mike Bass presented information during the township's Ad Hoc Transportation Committee meeting that a study supporting the facility is incomplete.

Houston-based Goodman Corporation, which is working with The Woodlands Road Utility District as a consultant, originally completed the study showing the need for a new park and ride for the The Woodlands Town Center in 2009. The project to build the garage with 400 parking spaces would be grant funded and is estimated to cost about $6 million to $8 million.

Bass, who along with township board members Bruce Tough and Jeff Long make up the Ad Hoc Transportation Committee, added that if the revised proposal indicates the need for the park and ride, he is not against the facility. However, as of now, he said, he doesn't see the need.

The current proposal indicated the need for about 600 parking spaces in the The Woodlands Town Center area. However, Brown told the township board in November that 400 parking spaces would be adequate for the area.

The park and ride would be situated on the corner of Six Pines Drive and Lake Robbins Drive. That land is owned by the township and would act as the 20 percent match needed for the project. An additional $3.9 million in funding would come from the FTA along with a possible $1.9 million available from a similar project in Liberty County that has been scrapped.

Bass said it would be premature to agree to the new park and ride in the absence of that plan.


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