In the TAPS Public Transit Sherman Call Center the middle of the week is referred to as “Wild Wednesday.” It’s the busiest day of the week for the agency’s on-demand, curb-to-curb public transportation service.
This week, May 7, was the wildest Wednesday, ever.
Exactly 1,691 on-demand trips were provided to riders across TAPS’s seven-county service area that ranges from Fannin County to the east to Montague County to the west. TAPS has service in McKinney and Collin County.
The last time a record was set was just two weeks ago on April 30, when TAPS delivered 1,635 trips. To put things in perspective, just over a year ago the number was near 800.
Brad Underwood, TAPS CEO and Executive Director, said the agency’s growth in the past 24 months has been well-planned. “We began our expansion of services in mid-2012, so we have been able to keep up with demand,” said Underwood.
The new high number does not include passenger counts from any of TAPS’s regularly scheduled fixed route service operating in Collin 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.