Hill Country Transit District (HCTD) operates the HOP, a regional public transit system that has grown from the transit service provided by HCTD in a nine-county area in Central Texas since the 1960s. In the last decade, that service has seen significant change and growth. The transit service still serves a large rural area, and the service has further evolved to include two Urban Divisions. One Urban Division serves the Temple urbanized area, including Belton. The other Urban Division serves the Killeen urbanized area, including Copperas Cove and Harker Heights.
The transit system, known as the HOP, regularly coordinates trips, often carrying passengers with disabilities via its Special Transit Service (STS) to Fixed Route Service (FRS) routes, thereby providing service to persons in rural areas and urban clients in the Killeen and Temple urbanized areas. HCTD includes among its passengers clients of several social service agencies.
HCTD is governed by a Board of Directors that includes representation of each County served, and of each major city served. Planning and support also comes from the following:
HCTD encourages social service agencies and the general public to use the public transit system. To the maximum extent possible, HCTD, serving as the regionís existing transportation provider, works to meet transportation requirements through use of the public transit system in several ways.
This type of information is shared locally. Route and service plans are reviewed with several local area committees and network groups, with input used to maximize the efficiency of transit service.
Through cooperation and financial support of cities, businesses, Texas Department of Transportation, and the Federal Transit Administration, HCTD has more than 175 passenger shelters throughout the cities of Copperas Cove, Killeen, Harker Heights, Belton, and Temple. This means well over 30% of all fixed route bus stops have passenger shelters installed for attractiveness, ease of identifying bus stops, protection from the weather, and passenger comfort.
The service the HOP provides has several aspects, such as:
The HOP relies each operating year on funds that come from several sources, including: