Bindu Pathak is an international student at Grayson County College. She's a long way from her home in Nepal. For her and the other 70 international students at the college, finding rides around town can be tough.
"They could utilize more resources and could minimize their cost," Pathak said.
Bindu has a car here, but she says that for her friends that don't, having a new Taps route that could take them to Oklahoma for free would allow them to see a part of the U.S. that they might not see otherwise.
"Kind of a new opportunity; they can explore more places without any cost," Pathak said.
Taps is starting a new route in August that will take students and community members to Oklahoma and back. The ride will be free for students. Taps CEO Brad Underwood says he sees a big demand for this new route.
"We would receive multiple calls all the time. Do you guys go across the Red River? Or, my job is taking me across the river, you know, and the answer has always been no," Underwood said.
But now, riders can take the bus to Oklahoma for, "college, training, employment," Underwood said, which he says is why more than 40 percent of passengers ride their buses.
He also says that the Viking and Roo routes for Austin College and Grayson County College are wildly successful.
"We saw over 67,000 trips on that. We anticipate the same success for this route," Underwood said.
For Bindu, the new route means she and her friends can broaden their horizons.
"More knowledge about other places and other things," Pathak said.
To give your feedback on when and where the new route will start and stop, as well as other details, go to GoRedRiver.com.
In Sherman, Allison Harris, First News.