On Wednesday morning, the Texoma Area Paratransit Services reopened all of its bus routes throughout the seven counties in its service area.

On Wednesday morning, the Texoma Area Paratransit Services reopened all of its bus routes throughout the seven counties in its service area.


Due to heavy winter weather late last week, TAPS had cancelled both fixed route and on-demand services since Friday, with some services closing as early as Thursday.


TAPS Public Information Manager Dan Acree said that its bus drivers are proceeding with caution on roads that still may be in the process of thawing.


"We are just trying to very cautious," he said.


While fixed route services are proceeding as scheduled, TAPS is experiencing delays with its on-demand service as it sorts through a backlog of appointments, said Acree. The TAPS call center has been closed since Thursday of last week.


Due to the delays, TAPS has brought in extra call center operators to help with the workload, said Acree. Call center managers are also working with operators to help prioritize calls, with medical appointments taking high priority.


As dialysis appointments are a major part of its on-demand service, TAPS has been working to coordinate with local and regional dialysis clinics to help organize service for its riders, said Acree.