By Angie Bado, TSB Publisher
On Monday, during their regular meeting, Collin County Commissioners unanimously voted to approve Texoma Area Paratransit Service (TAPS) as the official transit provider for rural Collin County. TAPS will begin serving the rural areas of Collin County July 1, replacing Collin County Area Regional Transit (CCART).
County Commissioner Chris Hill (Pct. 3) spearheaded the campaign to select TAPS saying that it made sense because the company is already in the transit business and is financially stable. Hill will represent the commissioners court as one of two seats the County will receive on the TAPS Board. A representative from McKinney will fill the other seat.
TAPS plans to establish the Collin County Technical Advisory Committee to represent the interests of the cities in the service area. The committee, which will meet quarterly, would also include representatives of Anna, Blue Ridge, Weston, Nevada, Josephine and Farmersville. Commissioner Hill told TSB that if McKinney should choose TAPS as the urban transit provider then McKinney and other member cities would be afforded representation on the advisory committee.
“I’m excited and optimistic about the possibilities ahead for McKinney and Collin County,” Hill said. “The designation of TAPS as Collin County’s rural transit district provider affords us the opportunity to deliver an effective and efficient transit service for our citizens, and will ultimately result in a greater level of connectedness throughout the region and the Metroplex.”c
During a recent council meeting, members of McKinney City Council authorized the city manager to prepare an agreement designating TAPS as the official transit provider for the city. If the Council votes to approve the agreement during their next regular meeting on May 7, TAPS will also become the transit service provider for McKinney
Video courtesy of TAPS