Killeen: Public transit system plans to make changes
The HOP public transit system that serves Killeen, Copperas Cove and Temple, is trimming some routes.
The HOP will eliminate routes 7, 21 and 30 starting Sept. 1.
Officials say the decision was made to discontinue the routes after a recent performance review that showed fewer people are using those routes which serve areas such as downtown Killeen, Trimmer and Stan Schlueter.
Crystal Graupmann uses The HOP almost every day and when she found out two of the routes she takes will be discontinued she was shocked.
"It makes me kind of scared. How am I going to get to work every day? I'm a teenager, I don't have enough money for a car yet,” Graupmann said.
"A lot of teenagers use bus 21 and 30 to get to the park a safe environment for them to hang out. A lot of us can't hang out around our neighborhoods anymore."
The HOP has to have certain standards to meet for funding, which requires each route to have at least 10 passengers per service hour.
Robert Ator is the director of urban operations with the HOP and he says adjustments have been made in the past, but they still aren’t meeting requirements for those routes.
"We made changes in all three of these routes over the last three or four years trying to get them to do a little better and they’re just in areas where they can't."
The hop is also making changes to their Americans with Disabilities Act services to make sure they correspond with regular routes.
William Escobedo says this change will affect nearly two-dozen students with disabilities at Dazona Life and Learning Center.
"We have several students that rely on the transit to get to the libraries, grocery stores just basically everyday things where normal people with a driver’s license can get in their car and go."
Officials say this will change a lot of people’s everyday life and will hold public hearings in august. But at this point the priority is efficiency.