City Council is taking steps re-establish limited public transportation services in the McKinney Urbanized Area by selecting Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) as its service provider during their Monday meeting. Upon completion of the contract, DCTA will manage the program of public transportation services that has a current budget of $350,000 per year, with taxi service beginning as early as June 1, and demand response para-transit service starting shortly afterward.

Earlier this month, the Urban Transit District board voted on a hybrid plan allowing for a taxi voucher program to begin within the next 90 days and dedicated demand response service when vehicles are acquired. The data gathered from the taxi voucher program will allow the board to better determine the level of demand for public transit services within the McKinney Urbanized Area. Taxi services under a voucher program allow qualified recipients to determine their own schedule rather than having to wait on a fixed route service. Moreover, taxi vouchers empower the users to scale up or down their own needs for transit depending on their own circumstances.

The policies established by the board will provide limited public transit services for seniors 65 years and over and individuals with disabilities as defined by the Urban Transit District. The board also directed staff to amend this policy to potentially include consideration for citizens in financial hardship situations.

For more information on public transit in McKinney, visit the city’s website.