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Texas cities pilot low-income, ride subsidy program

Posted on March 13, 2018

The City of McKinney (Texas), the McKinney Urban Transit District (MUTD), and the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) announced the launch of the Low Income Transit Subsidy Pilot Program (LITSP), a supplement to the existing Collin County Transit services.

This pilot program helps provide low-income families and individuals with mobility solutions within Collin County. LITSP will launch April 2 and March 31, 2019 (based on the availability of funds) and will allow for 100 participants.

The service consists of a subsidized taxi voucher program that will provide efficient transit options for residents of participating MUTD cities. Irving Holdings, DCTA’s contractor, will operate and manage the LITSP. The taxi service will run Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Trips can be booked 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

A variety of taxis will operate the LITSP including wheelchair accessible vehicles.

To qualify, customers must be a resident of McKinney, Lowry Crossing, Princeton, Melissa, or Celina, and have an annual household income (before taxes) that is at or below the amounts listed in the table:

Household Number Annual Income
1 $12,140
2 $16,460
3 $20,780
4 $25,100
5 $29,420
6 $33,740
7 $38,060
8 $42,380

 

Customers will pay the fare for the taxi voucher program using a pre-issued taxi debit card that they can load a maximum of $100 (in $5 increments). The customer contribution will be matched three to one for a maximum total value of up to $400 per month. Taxi drivers will accept cash and credit card for any additional payments required.

A person can apply for the taxi voucher program via email, fax, phone, mail, and online. Residents must provide a completed application, signed terms and conditions, and copies of all required documentation.

Onsite application workshops for the LITSP will begin March 19.

To expedite the process, applicants are encouraged to bring their completed application and copies of the appropriate documentation to the onsite events.

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