The Hill Country Transit District (HCTD), a political subdivision of the State of Texas, is a regional public transportation provider. Texas Transportation Code Chapter 458 has authorized HCTD to receive state funds for the provision of public transit services since 1998. HCTD serves as a rural transit district (RTD) for nine counties including rural Bell, rural Coryell, Hamilton, rural Lampasas, Llano, Mason, Milam, Mills, and San Saba Counties. HCTD also serves as an urban transit district (UTD) for the Killeen and Temple urbanized areas (UZAs).
HCTD operates a regional transit system, the HOP, through three divisions: the Rural Division, Killeen Urban Division, and Temple Urban Division. The Rural Division provides demand-response service in the counties named above.
The Killeen Urban Division operates both fixed-route and complementary ADA paratransit service (Special Transit Service) within the city limits of Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, and Killeen. The Killeen Urban Division’s service area covers 83.6 percent of the population and 72.1 percent of the land area of the Killeen UZA. The Temple Urban Division operates both fixed-route and complementary ADA paratransit service (Special Transit Service) within the city limits of Belton and Temple, covering 89.6 percent of the population and 82.6 percent of the land area of the Temple UZA.
Arrow Trailways of Texas and Greyhound Lines, Inc. operate private intercity bus services in HCTD’s service area. The HOP can provide connections to the services.
Each county served by HCTD and each municipality of the urban area appoints a representative, which must be an elected official, to the governing board of HCTD. Regional transportation services are coordinated through the Central Texas Regional Transit Advisory Committee for Central Texas State Planning Region 23 and the Central Texas Metropolitan Planning Organization. HCTD has representation in both planning organizations.
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