TAPS Public Transit CEO and executive director, Brad Underwood, told those gathered that the launch of the expanded Viking Route is a project more than four years in the making. “We began this journey with Grayson College in 2009, when both the school and our transit agency were on the road to bigger and better things,” said Underwood.
The new routes started running on Monday, October 14. With the addition of 45 new bus stops —18 stops in the City of Denison— the Viking Route (officially routes 600, 700, 800 and 900) is the first modern-day scheduled local bus service to connect Sherman and Denison.
Monday through Friday, the service runs from 7:10 am until midnight. Saturday service runs from 3:40 pm to 10:30 pm. There is no Sunday service on the route.
With a major part of the funding of the new routes coming from Grayson College, students who attend the school ride at no charge and need only show a valid student ID to board and ride any TAPS Public Transit fixed route.
The added connectivity is part of a broader plan to connect communities with a predictable, dependable public transportation system, said Underwood. “Our goal is to continue to find ways to connect Texoma communities. Within just the past year, TAPS has established routes to get people north from Durant, Okla. south to Plano, Texas on a single transportation system. The Red River Route began one year ago to connect North Texas and Southeastern Oklahoma. Now we are connecting Denison and Sherman.”
By riding the Viking Route to a connecting point at Midway Mall Park & Ride in Sherman, or to the Morton Street Plaza Park & Ride in Denison, it’s possible to go from the southern edge of Sherman, north as far as Durant.
45 New Bus Stops Added to Viking Route
For the first time, riders can easily travel between Sherman and Denison on a scheduled, fixed route service, and get to all of the area’s major retail centers, government offices, and entertainment centers including the Sherman courthouse square and Denison’s downtown area.
Although the Viking Route was designed primarily to get students, faculty and staff to and from the Grayson College main campus, the route is open to everyone. Grayson College students showing a valid student ID can ride for free anywhere on the Viking Route. The general public can ride for $1.00 each trip.
A complete listing of routes, bus stops, and departure times is available online at the TAPSbus.com website.
TAPS Public Transit is a community-based public transportation agency that provides on-demand, curb-to-curb and fixed route services in Clay, Collin, Cooke, Fannin, Grayson, Montague, and Wise counties. Find the Viking routes, schedules and fares online here.