TAPS serves the mobility needs of all persons, not just our aging population. In today’s economy, we feel that the passenger base will inevitably increase primarily due to the perpetual increase in fuel prices. Commuters are already looking for alternative means of getting to and from the grocery store, medical appointments, education opportunities and employment.
Officially Texoma Area Paratransit System the organization is better know as TAPS Public Transit (TAPS).
What is “paratransit” service?
Paratransit services may vary considerably on the degree of flexibility they provide their customers. At their simplest, in small communities, they may consist of a taxi or small bus or van that will run along a more or less defined route and then stop to pick up or discharge passengers on request.
TAPS operates primarily at the other end of the spectrum—fully demand responsive transport—on-demand call-up door-to-door service from any origin to any destination in the service area.
Paratransit services are operated by public transit agencies, community groups or not-for-profit organizations, and for-profit private companies or operators.
TAPS receives both state and federal funding, but continues to face the challenge of rising operating costs. From 2000 to 2008, diesel fuel prices increased by 200%, gasoline prices increased by 140% and minimum wages increased by 27%. In that same time frame, the funding TAPS receives from the Texas Department of Transportation increased its share of state funding for public transportation by only 2%.
The TAPS Board of Directors selected First Transit to manage the operating company for TAPS: Transit Management of Sherman (TMS).
First Transit is a leading provider of passenger transportation contract and management services in the United States, providing operation management and consulting for 235 locations in 45 states, Canada and Puerto Rico for transit authorities, state departments of transportation, federal agencies, municipal organizations, and private companies; our 13,000 dedicated transit professionals operate and maintain over 6,700 vehicles that cover more than 260 million annual fleet miles.
Our safety mission is simple.
The goal of TAPS is to achieve a perfect balance of these three critical elements, while always keeping the rider’s safety paramount.
- Cost effectiveness