DeSoto City Lights May, 2018 www.desototexas.gov A Publication of the City of DeSoto Community Relations Department STAR Transit Will Provide Public Transportation Options for DeSoto Residents The City of DeSoto launched a new grant‐funded TransportaƟon Program for low‐to moderate‐income DeSoto residents on January 1, 2018. This program provides $100 monthly for use with Yellow Cab to residents who have qualified for the program based on their income. At this point, all available funding for Phase I of that program has been allocated and there are no more slots available this year. The program currently has several people on a waiƟng list and applicaƟons received during the remainder of 2018 will be placed on the waiƟng list as well. Grant funding for Phase II of the TransportaƟon Program, which will benefit elderly and disabled persons in DeSoto, is currently pending approval by the North Texas Council of Governments.
In an aƩempt to address the need for public transportaƟon in DeSoto, the City Council recently approved a contract with STAR Transit to provide alternaƟves to the grant‐
funded programs menƟoned above. STAR Transit provides Demand Response and Fixed Route service including Job Access, and Reverse Commute TransportaƟon. Beginning April 23, 2018, STAR Transit will offer DeSoto Fixed Route 501 which will operate Monday through Friday 4:45 am to 9:36 am and 2:45 pm to 7:36 pm. This route is open to
anyone and rides are free unƟl June 1, 2018. AŌer that date, the fare goes to $1 per boarding. Look for the temporary bus stop signs around DeSoto that will mark the Fixed Route 501. If you are interested in learning more about their routes and service areas, how to qualify for reduced or free fare, or would like to schedule an on‐demand ride, give STAR Transit a call to speak with one of their friendly scheduling agents who are available during normal business hours (8 am to 4 pm) at 877. 631.5278. Se Habla Español.
"I am excited the City of DeSoto is offering this transportaƟon opƟon for all DeSoto residents,” said CurƟstene McCowan, Mayor of DeSoto. The overarching goal of this new pilot program is to provide our ciƟzens another important service to improve their quality of life. “I am proud our City leadership has listened to both the ciƟzens and business leaders and recognized the need for transportaƟon services that provide access to jobs, school, medical appointments, social events and for numerous other purposes,” said Mayor McCowan. “Enjoy the ride."
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