TAPS Public Transit (Texoma Area Paratransit System) today announced that Tim Patton has been named interim chief executive officer and executive director. Patton has been chief operations officer since 2012. Patton replaces Brad Underwood, who resigned on September 16.
Tim Patton joined TAPS three years ago as the agency’s first-ever chief operating officer. During TAPS’s aggressive growth from 6 counties to 17 counties —including entry into Collin County in 2013— Patton was at the forefront in representing the transit system to new communities looking for a public transportation provider.
“Next year is the 30th anniversary of this little agency that grew to be one of the most visible in the state,” said Patton. “My commitment is to continue that momentum and dedication to service as we transition to new leadership. Growing pains are inevitable, and we’ve had them. Right now, we need to get headed in the right direction, operationally and financially. We have a lot to do.”
TAPS Public Transit has grown its ridership dramatically, providing over 364,000 trips over the past 12 months.
Grayson County is home to the agency’s headquarters and accounts for more riders per capita than any other county in the agency’s service area, surpassing 150,000 trips per annum.
TAPS is a not-for-profit 501(c)3) organization beginning as a van and station wagon service in 1986, serving Cooke, Fannin and Grayson counties. Today, TAPS Public Transit’s service area spans over 13,000 square miles across 16 counties in North Texas, and Bryan County in Southeastern Oklahoma. The agency has a fleet of 140 vehicles with 278 employees. TAPS Public Transit also provides non-emergency medical transportation to Medicaid members through a contract with the State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission.