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Mass Transit Commuting information amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Commute Solutions/Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) offers what transportation providers such as METRO, METROStar (van pool), Fort Bend Express, and Woodlands Express are doing to make commuting to work as safe as possible.


At UTHealth, the Mobility Program enables eligible employees to apply pre-tax income deducted from their paychecks to their Metro Q-Card or Woodlands Express or Fort Bend Express monthly pass.  In an effort to promote employees’ mass-transit commuting, UTHealth reinstated a program in May 2017, limited to 300 participants, to subsidize METRO, The Woodlands Express and Fort Bend Express ridership to a maximum of 300 participants. Those participants will receive a 60 percent UTHealth-provided subsidy (capped at $55 per month) in support of their commuting costs. Other participants utilizing pre-tax deductions will be placed on a wait list for the subsidy and will be notified should a spot become available.


To participate in the Mobility Program, you must meet the eligibility requirements as found in HOOP 131 and further documented in the Acknowledgement of Obligation. If eligible, complete and submit the Acknowledgement of Obligation and Payroll Deduction Agreement without Subsidy to the Mobility Program Coordinator at   

Eligibility Requirements

  • Participants must be full-time employees of UTHealth (1.0 Full Time Employee/FTE)
  • Participants must commute round trip from home to work and from work to home using the selected Mobility Option at least 4 days per week (minimum 16 days, 32 trips per month). Failure to meet the minimum number of days of commuting in a given month due to approved leave will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Participants must not have a parking contract with UTHealth or other parking facilities within the TMC, which includes parking at a daily or monthly rate at the METRO Fannin South Transit Center. NOTE: The only exception would be a van pool driver who may have contracted parking.

**Please remember that the Mobility Program is for transportation from home to work and back. The Mobility Program is not for occasional use or for those who use METRORail strictly for transportation during the work day.**

Metro: 713-224-7433

Fort Bend Express: 281-633-7433

Woodlands Express: 832-851-3362

For more information about this program, please contact:


Diane Cupples

Carol (Renee) Carpenter

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