New flat fares to be introduced to McKinney-area transit service

Collin County Transit will soon introduce a new flat fare model for passengers. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Collin County Transit will soon introduce a new flat fare model for passengers. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Collin County Transit will soon introduce a new flat fare model for passengers. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The McKinney Urban Transit District is taking the guesswork out of its taxi voucher program and is transitioning to flat fares for its passengers.

The city of McKinney, the McKinney Urban Transit District and the Denton County Transportation Authority together provide Collin County Transit, a subsidized tax voucher program. This program provides transportation options for participating cities, which include Celina, Lowry Crossing, McKinney, Melissa, Princeton and Prosper.

In addition to living in a participating city, individuals who qualify to use the taxi voucher program must be 65 years or older, have a disability, or meet certain low-income criteria.

Riders using the system have had a variable fare, with the rider paying 25% of the fee and Collin County Transit shouldering the rest of the fee. But at the April 15 MUTD meeting the board gave the green light for a six-month pilot program that would introduce a $3 flat fare for riders.

Moving to a system where riders pay a flat fare for their trip is expected to boost weekly ridership by 30-40%, according to meeting documents.


The McKinney Urban Transit District looked at two flat-fare models, one for a $2 flat rate and one for a $3 flat rate. While the $2 flat rate was predicted to bring in more riders, it would also increase the cost to Collin County Transit for servicing these trips by 35% compared to the current pricing, according to meeting documents. The $3 flat rate increased costs by 19%.

Documents showed the best value for money option for Collin County Transit would be to introduce the $3 flat rate.

Collin County Transit plans to switch from its existing model to the flat fare in early summer, officials said. This payment model will be in place for six months, according to meeting documents. During this time the MUTD board will evaluate the program’s success and could remodel the program based on its performance.

“This makes all the sense in the world and I would be curious to see how the $3 fare plays out,” board member La’Shadion Shemwell said.

Editor's note: The original post has been edited to correct an error. Collin County Transit will implement an early summer start date for the flat fare.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.



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