Allen Fixed Routes Grow in Popularity

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Through a partnership with regional transportation provider, TAPS Public Transit, anyone who works in the City of Allen —along one of three routes— can get on board and relax on the way to their job, for just $1 each way. Shoppers, too, can reach a wide variety of retail locations along these new routes.

TAPS-Allen01The routes began running last November and ridership has increased each month.

Two local routes —designated 301 and 302—run between the Allen Event Center and Allen Central Park on Central Park Drive, across from Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, on the east and west side of U.S. Highway 75.  A third route will connect passengers from the Allen Event Center to Allen Central Park, and from Allen Central Park to the DART light rail station at Parker Road in Plano. All three routes operate 7 days a week

Two local routes —designated 301 and 302—run between the Allen Event Center and Allen Central Park on Central Park Drive, across from Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, on the east and west side of U.S. Highway 75.

Buses run from 5:15 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. weekdays, with breaks in service at non-peak times; 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. on Saturdays; 9:45 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Sundays. Detailed route information and schedules are available at TAPSbus.com.

On local route 301, there are 9 designated stops. On route 302, there are 8 stops. All stops are at or near popular destinations in Allen including, major retail locations, hotels, medical centers, office parks, and city buildings. Each route takes approximately 30 minutes each way to complete. A complete list of bus stop locations is available online.

Brad Underwood is TAPS Public Transit CEO and executive director. “We are honored to have the City of Allen choose TAPS to operate their first fixed route bus service,” said Underwood. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with the city staff to design this important service to get workers to their jobs and home again. For many, public transportation is the only option to get and keep full employment. TAPS takes that mission very seriously.”

Routes in the city are being funded through a grant administered by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) to help workers get to and from jobs and other employment-related services in suburban communities like Allen.