TAPS Public Transit system will offer an express rout from Nocona to Wichita Falls four times daily, Monday through Friday, beginning in spring. The rout will feature a stop in Henrietta.
TAPS Public Transit is a community-based public transportation agency that provides on-demand, curb-to-curb and fixed route services in Clay, Collin, Cooke, Fannin, Grayson, Montague and Wise counties.
Area residents who board the bus in Nocona will arrive at the newly constructed travel center in Wichita Falls in 50 minutes, said TAPS officials. Board the bus in Henrietta, and arrive in half the time. The rout is expected to launch in the next three months, said Clay County Judge Kenneth Liggett.
“The express bus will make it easy to connect between Nocona, Henrietta and Wichita Falls for jobs, school, access to medical facilities and recreational activities,” said Liggett. The judge added that future economic impact in Clay County includes new jobs, purchase of services and construction of bus shelters. “The rates for public transport will be set based on making the express bus a very affordable way to travel.”
The announcement was made following a recent meeting of the TAPS Public Transit board of directors. Liggett has been a member of the board since 2008, sharing oversight of the organization’s budget of nearly $20 million. He is credited with putting the item on the agenda, as well as securing funding for the rout.
“As do all of our board members representing cities and counties, Judge Liggett wanted to make sure that TAPS provides needed services to his constituents,” said Brad Underwood, TAPS CEO and executive director. Henrietta resident Joan Schaffner also serves on the board of directors.
Taps public transit sells monthly passes that offer access to every TAPS fixed route, express service and on-demand, curb-to-curb service. TAPS offers a “Go-Anywhere” pass to the general public for $80 per month, and a “Go Access” pass to disabled riders, students age 12 and up and those age 60 and over for $52 per month. Both passes can be purchased at TAPS offices in Grayson or Collin County, or online at TAPSbus.com. Routes, schedules and fares are posted on the organization’s website.