Riders at least 60 years of age get a free ride on all of the transportation agency’s local fixed routes. TAPS said it is issuing “Gold Membership” cards immediately, to riders who apply and qualify.
The Gold Card allows the holder to ride free on the following routes:
The card does not include passage on the DART Commuter Express routes, The Airport Hop shuttle service, Get-A-Ride on-demand, curb-to-curb service or other premium service provided by TAPS Public Transit.
TAPS Public Transit began 29 years ago, primarily as a low-cost van and station wagon service, to help the elderly connect to local senior centers and other resources in Cooke, Grayson, and Fannin counties.
Today, TAPS serves 17 counties in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma with a variety of transportation services.
TAPS Chief Operating Officer, Tim Patton, said his agency wants to make public transit more available to those who use it as their primary way to get around. “Availability and affordability are keys,” said Patton. “The McKinney route expansion this past month was the first step to more availability, while offering free rides to riders 60-plus makes it more affordable than ever to choose public transportation.”
Seniors who want to apply for a Gold Member Card need only to complete a short application and present proof of age, such as a government issued ID card like a driver’s license. Applications are available at any TAPS office in Sherman or McKinney, or by mail by calling (844) 500-1165, or downloaded online at TAPSbus.com/gold.