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ETCOG “Go Bus” May Expand Rural Transportation Services to Hopkins County

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Standing, ETCOG Director of Transportation Vince Huerta and ETCOG Business Development Manager Melissa Cure

The East Texas Council of Governments, Director Of Transportation, Vince Huerta and Business Development Manager, Melissa Cure came to the Senior Citizens Center on Wednesday, May 8th to get input about transportation concerns from the citizens of Hopkins County. They are assessing the need to expand their operation to Hopkins County and the Surrounding Counties. They already have a 14 County area that they service. They are holding meetings in the surrounding counties to check out the needs in those counties as well. They would be able to Transport people to Doctors Appointments in other Cities. They are trying to work out a schedule on certain days of the week to take people to Tyler, Paris, Winnsboro, etc… That way multiple people can ride to the same destination at the same time and not have to make several trips. They will try to work with Clinics and the different Doctors in town to only schedule people’s doctor visits on certain days so they can have transportation available to take them to different cities. If you have any input that you would like to talk to them about please feel free to contact them at:

This will take time to get all of the Logistics set in place.

Chris Brown, Executive Director of Ark-Tex Council of Governments and Hopkins County Judge, Robert Newsom were at the meeting to answer any questions and to give their input on the Project.

We already have a great TRAX System in Hopkins County.
Everyone that needs a ride is welcome to call and request a ride. They need at least 24 Hours in advance notice but 48 would even be better. Fares are $ 1.00 for each ten miles and an additional $ 1.00 for each 10 miles after that. If you are 60 and over you can ride FREE if you fill out some paperwork. You must have the correct fare to ride. They only accept cash or check. The TRAX bus runs Monday – Friday 8:00 – 5:00. They are Handicap Accessible and are driven by trained drivers.

If you would like to ride the TRAX Bus please call (903) 885-2769 and wait for the prompt for Hopkins County.

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Author: Enola Gay

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