General Information

Hill Country Transit District (HCTD) operates The HOP, a regional public transit system that started in the 1960’s as a volunteer transit service that has since grown to serve a nine-county area covering over 9,000 square miles. In the last decade, the system has experienced significant growth and consists of three divisions: the nine-county Rural Division, the Killeen Urban Division consisting of Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, and Killeen; and the Temple Urban Division consisting of Belton and Temple.

The HOP coordinates many types of trips. Service is provided to passengers with disabilities via the Special Transit Service (STS) which often connects with the Fixed Route Service (FRS). The HOP partners with many area social service agencies to provide transportation to their clients.

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 region’s 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 HOP relies each operating year on funds that come from several sources, including:

In accordance with regulations of the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26, Hill Country Transit District (HCTD) has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. HCTD is required to submit its DBE goal to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), if HCTD will meet the threshold of the award of prime contracts (excluding transit vehicle purchases) exceeding $250,000 in Federal funds per year from the FTA. HCTD has notified the FTA that it reasonably anticipated that it would not meet the threshold in Federal Fiscal Years 2015 through 2017, and, therefore, did not develop an overall DBE goal.