Troubles at TAPS

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- Thousands of people in Texoma ride the local transit system known as ‘TAPS’. Now, financial problems could mean the system’s days are numbered.

Even though more than 360,000 people ride Texoma Area Paratransit System buses, officials say that's still not enough to keep the non-profit transportation system afloat.

TAPS director Freddy Lessly says the system is having cash-flow problems but wouldn't say whether TAPS will shut down. Lessly refused to say more until he meets with the board of directors.

TAPS covers six counties and transports people as far away as Dallas.

The system has been around for 20 years, and countless people have come to depend on it.

"When you have people that need to get out of the house and have interaction with others, it’s most definitely a blessing and a very great blessing indeed," Denison SNAPS Center volunteer Bill Smith says of TAPS.

Even though TAPS receives grants from the state and federal level, Lessly says they still have operating costs they must cover.

Last year taps buses made nearly 180,000 trips in Grayson County alone. That's half of the total number of runs in its service area.

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