The East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) is a rural transit district authorized by Texas Transportation Code Chapter 458 in 1995 and therefore receives state funding for rural transit services. Based on the 2010 U.S. Census, the Longview urbanized area (UZA) spans Gregg, Harrison, Rusk, and Upshur Counties; the Tyler UZA expands outside Smith County into Cherokee County. Currently, ETCOG provides transit services for only the rural parts of Gregg and Smith Counties and all of Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Harrison, Henderson, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood Counties.
ETCOG’s public transportation program, GOBUS, operates demand-response service for the general public throughout its service area and deviated fixed-route service within the city limits of Marshall. ETCOG, through the EasTexConnects program, coordinates with public and private transportation providers in the region for better connectivity between East Texas and Dallas. Greyhound operates private intercity bus service in ETCOG’s service area. The Amtrak passenger rail line passes through the ETCOG service area. GOBUS can provide connections to the services at multiple locations.
The ETCOG Board of Directors governs transportation programs. Each member of ETCOG designates one to three representatives. ETCOG’s 17-member executive committee is responsible for funding management and daily operations.
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