By Maggie Pruitt
Summer is coming up, and so is travel season! Paying for a taxi or parking a car at the Austin or Houston airports for several days can get expensive.
Shuttle services are available to get busy travelers where they are going for affordable prices. Streamride and Ground Shuttle are two services offered in Bryan College Station. Streamride offers shuttle rides to the Austin airport and Ground Shuttle services travel to the two Houston airports.
Sarah Laningham, founder of Streamride shuttle service, noticed the need for a shuttle service option to the Austin airport from College Station. In March 2015, she started Streamride, a daily shuttle service that costs $60 per trip with home pick-up.
“I’ve seen the services that Houston and Austin offer and I wanted to offer a service that improved lives and made things more convenient for people,” says Laningham.
The times Streamride leaves College Station everyday are 7am and 2pm and the arrival times to Austin are 9am and 4pm. The departure times from Austin to College Station are 9am and 4pm, which arrive in College Station at 11am and 6pm. The busiest days for Streamride are Thursdays through Sundays, while Mondays through Wednesdays are less busy.
In addition to Streamride shuttles to Austin, Ground Shuttle is a daily shuttle service to the Houston George Bush Intercontinental and Houston Hobby airports. Ground Shuttle began in 2003 and is the oldest shuttle service in business in B/CS to offer local residents transportation to an airport other than Easterwood airport.
Ground Shuttle travels more frequently to Houston, with 10 shuttles to the George Bush Intercontinental airport and four to the Houston Hobby airport everyday. According to Ground Shuttle’s website, the cost for a one-way shuttle ride to the Houston George Bush Intercontinental airport is $35. It is $10 extra to travel to the Houston Hobby airport and an additional $10 for home pickup. In addition to offering shuttle services, Ground Shuttle offers private car services and charter bus services for groups of 10 to 14 passengers.
“In addition to our airport shuttle service, we offer private transportation tailored to whatever the needs of the customers are,” says Ground Shuttle President and Owner Maria Gonzalez.
Ground Shuttle is currently in the process of building a new office in South College Station. They are also expanding to other markets and increasing their customer base by offering additional services, according to Gonzalez.