Public transportation is a hit in McKinney. Since the November launch of 7 new routes in the City of McKinney, ridership is up significantly for the second consecutive month.
The route expansion has continuously grown —up 26.39 percent from November through December 2014, and up another 32.50 percent in January. That number does not include riders who used the Commuter Connect route between the Gateway Blvd Park and Ride and DART’s Parker Road Station in Plano.
“This is the most successful route we have launched in the past two years.”
The Red-Gold route, which travels through mostly retail areas along major boulevards like El Dorado Parkway is the most popular with a third of the total ridership. That route connects west to Custer and east to Tennessee and runs through the downtown area.
According to TAPS director of planning Corey Young, routes that serve senior communities are showing the next highest ridership numbers. “We expect growth in those part of the city where senior living communities are located. Public transportation is important to that population,” said Young. “This is the most successful route we have launched in the past two years.”
Young said that as the public becomes more familiar with where public transit can take it, ridership will continue to grow, and riders discover new destinations available through the system.