A new grant‐funded Transportation Program was made available for low‐to moderate income DeSoto residents beginning January 1, 2018. The program provided the following for applicants who meet HUD eligibility:
- Taxi cab transportation for essential services including doctor appointments, trips to the grocery store or pharmacy, etc.
- Eligible participants will be given a card voucher providing $100 per month for transportation in the Dallas and Ellis County area.
Those wishing to participate are encouraged to email Transportation@desototexas.gov or call 972.230.7350 for more information. That number receives voicemails only. Please leave a message and your call will be returned within 24 hours.
At this point, all available funding for Phase I of that program mention above has been allocated and there are no more slots available this year. The program currently has several people on a waiting list and applications received during the remainder of 2018 will be placed on the waiting list as well. Grant funding for Phase II of the Transportation Program, which will benefit elderly and disabled persons in DeSoto, is currently pending approval by the North Texas Council of Governments.
In an attempt to address the need for public transportation in DeSoto, the City Council recently approved a contract with STAR Transit to provide alternatives to the grant-funded programs mentioned above. STAR Transit provides Demand Response and Fixed Route service including Job Access, and Reverse Commute Transportation. 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 until June 1, 2018. After 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 transportation option for all DeSoto residents,” said Curtistene McCowan, Mayor of DeSoto. The overarching goal of this new pilot program is to provide our citizens another important service to improve their quality of life.
“I am proud our City leadership has listened to both the citizens and business leaders and recognized the need for transportation services that provide access to jobs, school, medical appointments, social events and for numerous other purposes,” said Mayor McCowan. “Enjoy the ride."