SHERMAN, TEXAS -- TAPS tires spun in Collin County Monday as the Sherman-based public transit agency expanded its operations to McKinney.
"We've had a minimum of issues and challenges and we believe we're off to a good start," TAPS McKinney General Manager Mark Pritchard said.
On the agency's first day in the county, TAPS almost doubled the ridership of Collin County's prior transportation provider, C-CART.
TAPS also just received a Job Access and Reverse Commute grant from TXDOT that will link smaller cities to McKinney.
"It's a $937,000 JARC opportunity, to really link in the smaller outer cities of Collin County: Celina, Prosper, Anna, Melissa," TAPS CEO Brad Underwood said.
Underwood is pleased with their success in Collin County and is now looking forward to the new transit hub that will be built in place of their current Sherman office.
"It's going to be called the North Texas Regional Transit Center. It'll be a hub that'll be created that'll have a Greyhound service coming through, we'll have a variety of different transportation options into the metroplex and into the light rail system," Underwood said.
The center will also have office space for other local organizations.
"We're working very closely with partners, such as the county, Meals on Wheels, the MPO, the Vietnam Veterans Association," Underwood said.
Underwood says the goal of this new facility is collaboration.
"Trying to bring everyone that's doing transit in our region together, under one roof, so we're talking, we're planning and we're able to integrate all of our services together," Underwood said.