The TAPS Public Transit board of directors Monday, December 7, voted unanimously to cut all operations to Collin County, effective immediately and until further notice. The vote came after TAPS Interim CEO and Executive Director Tim Patton gave an updated operational report that showed continuing operations in Collin County is economically inefficient, putting an undue burden on the transportation agency.
The board also gave the staff direction to remove the general restriction of medical-related trips only, and to prioritize seniors (60+) and individuals with disabilities.
The board also voted to set a limit on the number of demand response trips that could be performed to 120 daily, Monday through Friday. Those trips will be allocated across the remaining TAPS service area which includes Clay, Cooke, Fannin, Grayson, Montague, and Wise counties.
TAPS canceled all fixed route service on November 13.
On November 30, TAPS moved all Collin County personnel and operations to its Sherman location. The move means equipment and drivers have to commute at least an hour just to be staged for any trips to be performed in the county. Approximately 40 percent of all trips made in the past week were in Collin County.
Patton said TAPS will continue to perform trips in Collin County that have already been scheduled through close of business on Wednesday, December 9. TAPS will contact all customers who have trips set after that date, to let them know that service will not be available.