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 a.m. arriving at Gateway Blvd at 5:45 a.m. The service returns to Farmersville, leaving the Gateway Blvd Park & Ride lot in McKinney at 5:30 p.m., with a scheduled arrival in Farmersville at 6:15 p.m.
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 chief operating officer, Tim Patton, said the new service is just one of several that will connect outlying communities to hubs in the McKinney area. “Once a passenger gets to McKinney it’s easy to then access other routes, including the connecting buses that go to DART’s light rail and bus station at Parker Road in Plano.”
Patton 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. 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.
Lisa Eastman represents the Farmersville Chamber of Commerce. Eastman said having TAPS serving the community is essential to building infrastructure for future growth. “TAPS is a great chamber partner-member and their growth as an agency directly benefits our own growth plans,” said Eastman.
“Over the past few months the chamber has worked with TAPS Public Transit to help bring people from McKinney to our annual events. Providing affordable public transportation between our community and McKinney is a huge plus for commuters who work in the city.”
TAPS (Texoma Area Paratransit System) Public Transit is a private, non-profit corporation. Serving Collin, Clay, Cooke, Fannin, Grayson, Montague and Wise counties, it was created to provide safe, dependable and affordable transportation for persons who depend on public transportation, or who desire to avoid the ever rising cost of fuel and the increasing stress of driving in extreme traffic conditions. TAPS is open to the entire public and serves individuals of all ages and income groups, and it is equipped to fully service the elderly and disabled. For more information, visit tapsbus.com.