I absolutely love this idea. It won’t help me because I work in Allen and there still wouldn’t be a stop there. I would use a shuttle if I still worked in the Telecom Corridor in Richardson.
So, here’s the deal. The City got a grant from the Federal Transit Administration, in partnership with the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and is looking into implementing a pilot program to introduce a round-trip commuter shuttle bus service between McKinney and the DART-Parker Road Light Rail Station in Plano. This is still in the planning phase and they have put together a survey to get public input.
It’s short, just eight questions, and they need input from real commuters. My survey is slightly schizophrenic because I would use it if I could, but I can’t because of where I work. I’m hoping others will be on board with it and show that there will be a demand.
One thing to keep in mind is the Cotton Belt Rail Line proposed by DART that would run from Plano’s Parker Road Light Rail Station to DFW and, possibly even to Fort Worth. That project is looking at implementation around the 2025 to 2030 timeframe. While that is, admittedly, out in the future, if we could find a way to connect to the Parker Road Station that rail would possibly make it easier for more shoppers to make their way to McKinney retailers (like the square). A commuter shuttle to the DART line isn’t a final solution but it seems a lot like putting a toe in the water.
This would also be a bonanza for merchants at the intersection selected for the McKinney station. The intersections listed in one of the survey questions are all along 75: Bloomdale Road, Highway 380, Virginia Parkway, or Eldorado Parkway. If I had a commute that stopped within walking distance of Kohl’s, I’d be broke.
Most of the questions deal with would you use it, how often, what would you pay, what is your commute like now and what kind of amenities would you like to see. It is short and easy. You can also indicate that you wouldn’t use it.
Click here to take the survey.
Remember, I’m not with the City. I just live here. If you have questions or concerns, please contact:
Until next time,