McKinney adds 'low income' to acceptable qualifications for local transportation service

McKinney Urban Transit District approved three items at a meeting Jan. 16 in an effort to improve transportation options in the McKinney area.

McKinney Urban Transit District approved three items at a meeting Jan. 16 in an effort to improve transportation options in the McKinney area.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with a link to more information on the Collin County Transit.

A McKinney board approved three transportation-related items in an effort to improve the quality of public transit options in the McKinney area at a meeting Jan. 16.

These decisions came from the McKinney Urban Transit District, which agreed to permanently integrate a Low-Income Transit Subsidy Pilot Program that was launched April 2018 for a 12-month trial to test the success of a transit service for lower-income residents.

"Low-income" will now be added to the list of qualifications to participate in the Collin County Transit service. The transit previously only offered commuter services to residents in McKinney, Celina, Lowery Crossing, Princeton and Melissa that were either disabled or age 65 and older.

The board also approved an increase in the monthly rider maximum costs for the service to $600 a month, instead $400 a month per rider. The city will continue matching riders' travel fares by 75 percent.

In addition, the board approved the purchase of a third bus to be added to the city's existing fleet of two other buses. The buses are not in use for a specific project at this time, but according to city staff, the city continues to investigate best uses.

Find more information on the Collin County Transit and see if you qualify here.
By Emily Davis
Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August 2018.