The Permian Basin Rural Transit District is a rural transit district (RTD) authorized by Texas Transportation Code Chapter 458 in 2003 and therefore receives state funding for rural transit services. West Texas Opportunities, Inc. (WTO) is the contracted provider for this RTD. Its transportation program, TRAX, serves 22 counties in western Texas, including rural areas of Ector and Midland Counties and all of Andrews, Borden, Brewster, Crane, Culberson, Dawson, Gaines, Glasscock, Howard, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Loving, Martin, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward, and Winkler Counties. The Midland Odessa Urban Transit District serves the Odessa and Midland urbanized areas in Ector and Midland Counties.
TRAX provides demand-response service. There are three dispatching lines throughout the service area. The daily operation is completed partially in-house and partially through the Big Bend Community Action Committee. TRAX subcontracts with several human service agencies, including the Dawson County Senior Citizen Center, Mission Adult Day Services, and Terrell County Senior Center. In addition, TRAX provides non-emergency medical transportation for eligible Medicaid riders in the 17-county Permian Basin region, which the TRAX service area contains.
Six private intercity companies serve the 22-county region. TRAX can provide connections to these services. The Amtrak passenger rail line passes through the region as well, with two stations located at Alpine in Brewster County and at Sanderson in Terrell County.
The WTO Board of Directors governs TRAX. The board is composed of 21 members representing the public sector, the poverty sector, and the private sector and residing within the Permian Basin region.
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