A park-and-ride program in Pearland is preparing for launch this fall, offering an option for motorists long weary of nightmarish commutes on Texas 288. The pilot program will be offered as a small-scale test drive as the community copes with traffic congestion on the highway, which is taken by about 5,500 Pearland residents to jobs in the Texas Medical Center. In May, City Council approved the three-year program with the possibility to expand it later. In partnership with Kerrville Bus Co., the program will shuttle riders from a Pearland sports complex parking lot to the medical center and downtown Houston.The bus company will foot the bill for the pilot program and will not charge the city. One-way fare will cost $6.50. Commuters will leave vehicles in a 350-space parking lot at the Shadow Creek Ranch sports complex at 13050 Shadow Creek Parkway, and the park and ride will make 10 stops in the Texas Medical Center and nine stops downtown. Initially slated to be ready by August, Kerrville Bus Co. postponed the launch to fine-tune logistics, Pearland Deputy City Manager Jon Branson said. He said the service will start in mid- to late fall.