The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) is a rural transit district authorized by Texas Transportation Code Chapter 458 and therefore receives state funding for rural transit services. There are two urbanized areas (UZAs) in the three-county area: the Beaumont UZA and the Port Arthur UZA. Beaumont Municipal Transit and Port Arthur Transit are their designated transit providers, respectively. The results of the 2010 U.S. Census indicated that the Port Arthur UZA had absorbed Groves and Nederland, as well as the majority of Bridge City, Orange, Port Neches, West Orange, and Vidor. SETRPC continues to serve these cities using Section 5311, Section 5310, and local funds.
SETRPC, through its transportation program, South East Texas Transit (SETT), provides demand-response service in all of Hardin, Orange, and Jefferson Counties except Beaumont, Lumberton, Pine Forest, Port Arthur, Rose City, and Vidor. In Groves, Nederland, and Port Neches, SETT provides demand-response service to limited-eligibility riders only. SETT does not directly operate the services. Instead, SETT contracts with Nutrition and Services for Seniors, Orange County Transportation, and the Orange Community Action Association. The three contractors perform dispatching separately.
The Amtrak passenger rail line and Greyhound intercity bus lines pass through SETT’s service area. SETT can provide connections to the services at the Beaumont Amtrak station and at the Port Arthur and Beaumont Greyhound stations.
SETT is governed by the SETRPC Transportation Planning Committee, which consists of elected officials or representatives appointed by the city council and commissioners court of the agencies listed as SETRPC’s voting membership.
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