On March 9th, TAPS Public Transit began direct express service between Decatur and Fort Worth. The TAPS Commuter Connect service runs weekdays, Monday through Friday.
The new service makes a loop between Decatur, Rhome, and Fort Worth, twice daily. The service connects to The T Intermodal Transportation Center in downtown Fort Worth.
The fare to use the commuter service is $2.00 each way. $4.00 round trip.
The fare to use the commuter service is $2.00 each way. $4.00 round trip. Passengers paying with cash must have the correct amount, as drivers cannot make change. TAPS also offers prepaid fare cards and a $58 monthly pass for maximum savings. All fares and passes can be purchased online at www.TAPSbus.com/shop.
Early Morning/Late Afternoon Service Offered
Each weekday morning, the Commuter Connect travels southbound, leaving Decatur at 5:30 a.m. and picks up passengers in Rhome, departing Rhome at 6:00 a.m., then arriving in Fort Worth at approximately 7:00 a.m. Arrival time in Fort Worth depends on road and traffic conditions.
On the morning northbound return trip the service departs Fort Worth at 7:10 a.m., leaves Rhome at 7:40 a.m., and arrives in Decatur at 8:15 a.m.
The Commuter Connect leaves Decatur each weekday afternoon at 5:00 p.m., departing Rhome at 5:30 p.m., then arriving in Fort Worth at approximately 6:30 p.m.
Commuters returning northbound to Decatur from Fort Worth leave The T Intermodal Transportation Center at 6:45 p.m., arrive in Rhome at 7:20 p.m., and end the day arriving in Decatur at 8:15 p.m.
Route Could Expand Later
Jay Davidson, chairman of the TAPS board of directors, and a Decatur resident, expects ridership to build slowly on the route, adding more passengers as word spreads that the service is available.
“This is a ‘soft launch’ as we test the park and ride locations and travel times.” TAPS is using a 35-seat bus in anticipation that the route will become popular with commuters wanting to access connections at The T’s downtown Fort Worth terminal.
The TAPS Commuter Connect service in Wise County is made possible in part by grants from the Texas Department of Transportation and North Central Texas Council of Governments.
Park & Ride Access
Passengers have permission for daytime parking in Decatur at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 701 W. Hale Avenue, just two blocks from U.S. Highway 81/287. For those boarding at Rhome, daytime parking is allowed in the Dairy Queen parking lot at 101 North U.S. Hwy 287. Fort Worth passengers can catch The TAPS Commuter Connect service at “The T” Intermodal Transportation Center, 1001 Jones Street, downtown.
Passengers parking in Decatur and Rhome must adhere to TAPS Public Transit Park and Ride lot rules, as well as those posted by the property owner.