TAPS Continues to Reduce Payroll: 10 Jobs Cut, $400k Saved Annually

TAPS Public Transit Interim Chief Executive Officer, Tim Patton, announced on Thursday, January 21 that an additional 10 employees have been laid off, effective immediately. The reduction in staffing saves $400,000 in wages and benefits. “As we continue to reduce operational responsibility to focus on processing reimbursements, our staffing needs are changing,” said Patton. A […]

Board of Directors Reviews Progress Report at January 20 Meeting

The TAPS Public Transit board of directors met on Wednesday, January 20, to hear an update from management. Since the board’s last meeting, four neighboring transit agencies have assumed operations to serve TAPS’s remaining six-county service area. According to TAPS Chief Executive Officer, Tim Patton, the transfer of operation to the four regional partners has […]

TAPS Cancels Service to Collin County

The TAPS Public Transit board of directors Monday, December 7, voted unanimously to cut all operations to Collin County, effective immediately and until further notice. The vote came after TAPS Interim CEO and Executive Director Tim Patton gave an updated operational report that showed continuing operations in Collin County is economically inefficient, putting an undue […]

TAPS Closes Public Office and Operations Center in Collin County

TAPS closed its public office and operations center in Collin County on December 1. The location was first opened in 2013 when TAPS began providing public transit service to the county. Remaining personnel and equipment will be headquartered at the agency’s Sherman, Texas location.

Current Employees Show Support for Former Employees

Out front of the Sherman headquarters building is a group of former and off-duty TAPS employees. They are peacefully demonstrating to bring attention to their situation. Some have not yet received their final paychecks after being permanently laid off last Thursday when TAPS Access ceased operations. Several employees arriving for work this morning, walked over […]

TAPS Announces Major Service Changes, Most Fixed Routes Canceled

The TAPS Public Transit board of directors meeting in regular session on Friday, approved a motion to make extensive immediate cuts to service as a part of an ongoing cost-cutting plan. The biggest impact will be to fixed route service in McKinney and the Sherman-Denison area. Effective at the close of business on Friday (11/13), […]

How Public Transportation Changes Lives

If you want to understand how important TAPS is to the community, take a look at the comments from people who use public transportation. Click here to visit TAPS Community Forum. Today, a group of concerned folks came to our meeting on the campus of Grayson College in Denison. Every individual’s story is different, but […]

TxDOT request for emergency fund is just one step in our recovery plan

We got the word late this week that the board’s appeal to TxDOT for emergency funds is denied. It was a step that we had to take, but we knew the request had a slim chance. OK, back to our recovery plan. The board meets again on November 13 and we will work together to […]

Thanks Collin County for your input

Last night over 100 Collin County citizens and other stakeholders attended the public meeting at McKinney City Hall. It was an opportunity for me to speak one-on-one to everyone who is concerned about the future of TAPS Public Transit in their communities. TAPS is a community service funded by the federal, state and local governments, […]

Update on Getting Our Employees Paid

Over the weekend, the media reported that TAPS missed payroll for 153 employees —drivers, call center agents, supervisors, and other operations staff. I want to bring you up to date on the situation. This morning representatives of North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) came up to Sherman and met with the management team to […]

Come to a public meeting, hear our plans, give us your input

Yesterday (Wed. October 21) the TAPS board of directors met for about 7 hours to continue discussing how we are going to deal with the current financial crisis. In the end —and soon— service must be reduced to live within the budget. The big question: How can we deliver the most service for the money? […]

Purpose. Commitment. Transparency.

I took a little heat from the print media shortly after my appointment as Interim CEO and Executive Director on September 16. I sent out a news release announcing my “Moving Forward” initiative. The criticism was that without a published step-by-step action plan, anything else is just meaningless words. That news release wasn’t just for […]

TAPS Announces Reduction in Workforce

TAPS Public Transit will reduce its workforce by just under ten percent, according to CEO and Executive Director, Brad Underwood. The reduction in force is effective on Wednesday, June 3, and will affect mostly administrative staff. The public transportation agency’s last payroll included 385 employees. Underwood said the agency no longer needs some of the […]

Jeff Davis Named Director

Jeff Davis has been named Director of Reporting and Quality Assurance for TAPS Public Transit. The announcement was made today by TAPS Chief Executive Officer, Brad Underwood. Davis will oversee all data collection and analysis for governmental reporting. He also has responsibility for quality assurance —the monitoring and reporting of call interaction between call center […]