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Public transit rolling toward Princeton, Farmersville


Communities in eastern Collin County will soon have some public transportation options for getting into McKinney or elsewhere in the area.Collin County Commissioners have agreed to expand the county’s cooperation with TAPS, a rural public transit provider based in Denison. It has routes throughout the Texoma region and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. In Collin County, TAPS currently serves McKinney and Plano, but the new plan will create three rural service areas in the county.

In eastern Collin County, TAPS plans to create a service zone including the U.S. 380 corridor extending through Princeton past Farmersville to the Hunt County line.

Specific routes have not been identified. TAPS executive Brad Underwood said that the organization will be seeking community input to determine which services to provide. In addition to regular routes, TAPS also plans to provide transportation options for special events, he said.

The existing TAPS service area has one route extending into Northeast Texas - a bus going from Bonham west to Sherman.

Mark Haslett has served at KETR since 2013. Since then, the station's news operation has enjoyed an increase in listener engagement and audience metrics, as well recognition in the Texas AP Broadcasters awards.