On Monday, February 2, Farmersville Mayor Joe Helmberger hosted local and county officials, business leaders, and the public at the ceremonial launch of the city’s first regularly scheduled bus service to and from McKinney.
The Farmersville Commuter Connect runs Monday through Friday between Farmersville and TAPS’s Park & Ride lot at 1870 Gateway Blvd. in McKinney. In Farmersville the shuttle picks up and drops off passengers in the rear parking lot at city hall.
The service leaves Farmersville at 5:00 am arriving at Gateway Blvd at 5:45 am. The service returns to Farmersville, leaving the Gateway Blvd Park & Ride lot in McKinney at 5:30 pm, with a scheduled arrival in Farmersville at 6:15 pm.
From the Gateway Blvd. Park & Ride in McKinney riders can get to more than 77 destinations using City of McKinney local routes. Or board one of the two connecting buses to get to DART’s Parker Road Station in Plano.
TAPS CEO and Executive Director, Brad Underwood, said the new service is a testament to the growth of suburban communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. “This route will facilitate getting people to and from transportation hubs in McKinney with less cost, and stress.”
Underwood said that feasibility studies revealed a demand for the commuter service and partnerships put together the necessary funding.
The fare is $2 per person, each way; $4 round trip. Monthly passes are also available at the TAPS Online Store.
The fare is $2 per person, each way; $4 round trip. If paying cash, exact change is required. Drivers do not make change. Fare cards available in several denominations can be used like cash. A monthly pass with unlimited ride is $20. Both are available through the TAPS Online Store or at the TAPS business office in Sherman or McKinney.
“Our county commissioner, Chris Hill, told me that TAPS would do a good job of providing public transportation for our community, and that has certainly been true,” said Jim Helmberger, mayor of Farmersville. “The city’s relationship with TAPS has been nothing but positive since the began service in 2013.”
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