As TAPS Public Transit enters the third phase of its expansion plan, a reorganization of management has yielded a number of new positions. In all, one new chief position has been added, a Regional General Manager has been named, a general manager for Collin County exclusively, and three new Assistant GM slots have been filled.
Brad Underwood, TAPS CEO and Executive Director, said the organizational chart reflects tremendous growth in system operations and ridership over the past 12 months. “With TAPS now serving 16 counties in North Texas we need to begin to focus on developing specific markets and growing ridership and service delivery,” said Underwood.
Jeannie Slape is Chief Administrative Officer with a primary responsibility for supervising operations of our Non-Emergency Medical Transportation services for Medicaid recipients under the contract awarded by the State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission.”
Matt Hunt has been upped to Regional General Manager and will oversee all Call Center and Driver operations. To support that change, Michelle Bloomer, a well-known transportation professional is General Manager over Collin County with the support of new Assistant General Manager, Bobby Sharpe.
To cover the other 15 counties in the North Texas region TAPS will subdivide those into regions. Darlene Smith is assistant general manager for the West Region that includes the area from Cooke County to Cottle County. Fernando Molina as an assistant general manager for the North Region will focus on Fannin and Grayson counties.
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.