City Of Allen Participates In Public Transportation Pilot Program

City Of Allen Participates In Public Transportation Pilot Program

Beginning November 18, 2013 the city of Allen, Texas began participation in a program to provide public transportation to workers that are employed by businesses in the Allen community. Allen has partnered with TAPS Public Transport, to provide employees that commute from other urban areas a low-cost and reasonable transportation option to their jobs in Allen. The cost is only $1 each way and is funded by a federal grant under the name of Job Access and Reverse Commute or (JARC).

The Allen City Council has been able to contract with Texoma Area Paratransit System (TAPS) in an effort to provide a fixed-route system or in Allen's case three (3) routes that connect the Parker Road DART Station located in Plano. The plan was to provide riders with numerous stops that are near to major employers and businesses in Allen. A main consideration of the plan was to provide routes that would provide those workers  the convenience of a commute that was opposite of the peak time flow of traffic both in the morning and evening.

Two of the local routes are designed to run between the Allen Event Center and Allen Central Park which is located on Central Park Drive across from Watters Creek. They are designated as Routes 301 and 302. Route 301 currently has 9 designated stops and Route 302 has 8 stops. Both routes take approximately 30 minutes to complete each way. The third route will connect passengers from the Allen Event Center to Allen Central Park, and then will take those passengers from Allen Central Park to the DART light rail station located at Parker Road in Plano.

Currently the buses are scheduled to run from 5:15 a.m. and continue until 12:00 a.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. until 12;00 a.m. on Saturday and 9:45 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. For further information regarding destination stops, routes and schedules you can go online to TAPSbus.com.

The other great benefit and feature of having TAPS in Allen is that it is not restricted to employees of local businesses only. The service provides anyone the ability to be transported by bus form the Allen Event Center over to Allen Premium Outlets and then to Watters Creek. You just have to park at the south parking garage next to Allen Event Center. Parking is free and then when you are ready to leave just catch the TAPS bus across the street back to your car at Allen Event Center.

This three (3) year partnership and pilot program provides the opportunity for the City of Allen to determine the most effective way to meet the future needs of the community with regard to the public transportation issue. It also provides access to a larger workforce for Allen businesses that might not otherwise be available without it. Source: Allen Image Magazine, TAPS
http://tapsbus.com/

Steve Lester is a REALTOR living in Allen, Texas.
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http://stevelesterhomes.net/


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