Starting June 1, Collin County Transit will provide a Taxi Voucher Program for residents of McKinney, Melissa, Princeton and Lowry Crossing who are 65 years of age or older or are disabled. Eligible participants will enjoy the convenience of regular taxi service, at a fraction of the cost, for travel within Collin County. This program is provided by the Denton County Transportation Authority in partnership with the four participating cities and Irving Holdings.
For additional information or questions about the program, eligibility, or required documentation, call DCTA Customer Service at 940-297-1105, or visit the Collin County Transit Authority website.
Frequently Asked Questions About Public Transit in McKinney
The City of McKinney desires to keep residents informed on the status of public transit within the city. Below is a list of commonly asked questions the city has received.
Is McKinney required to provide public transit?
Each community decides the level of public transit provided to its citizens. While there is no legal requirement to provide public transit services, the state and federal government provide incentives to cities by offering grant funding which contain administrative conditions to funding.
How will the taxi voucher program work?
Eligible users will be able to purchase a taxi voucher for 25% of the voucher’s value with a limit of $400 per month, per user. For example, a user can purchase a $400 voucher for $100, or they can purchase a $100 voucher for $25. The number of vouchers issued is subject to state and local funding availability.
Who will administer the taxi voucher program?
The program is provided by the Denton County Transportation Authority.
Who is eligible for the taxi voucher program?The policies established by the board will provide limited public transit services for seniors 65 years and over and individuals with disabilities as defined by the Urban Transit District. The board also directed staff to amend this policy to potentially include citizens in hardship situations.
What is an Urban Transit District?
An Urban Transit District is an entity that may be formed to receive TxDOT grant funding for transit operations. The City Council formed an Urban Transit District in McKinney by Resolution in June 2016. The city was previously under the same designation held by TAPS, but it now holds the designation for the McKinney Urbanized Area. Bylaws have been approved by the Urban Transit District board which include stipulations that all board meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act. The city will televise meetings on McKinney TV, which can be viewed on Spectrum Cable, Ch. 16 and AT&T U-Verse, Ch. 99, or streamed online.
What is the McKinney Urbanized Area?
The McKinney Urbanized Area (MUZA) is an area defined by the FTA for the purposes of determining the amount of grant funding available to that area. The MUZA is proposed to the FTA to include McKinney, Melissa, Princeton, Lowry Crossing, Prosper and Celina.
Can the city use Type A / Type B money for public transit?
The McKinney Community Development Corporation board could choose to provide funding for public transit (facilities/equipment) in McKinney using Type B funds. The McKinney Economic Development Corporation is restricted by state law from funding transit with Type A funds.
What state and federal funds are available for public transit?
Several funding sources are available to the McKinney Urbanized Area. The city’s Urban Transit District is currently pursuing state grant funds from TxDOT. The McKinney Urbanized Area is also able to receive 5307 formula funding from the federal government. These are the primary funding sources McKinney is currently pursuing.
What additional transit options are offered in the City of McKinney apart from the proposed taxi voucher program?
Uber, Lyft and Yellow Cab operate in McKinney.