The Plano City Council has voted to remove the current trunk flex-carging system from its transit service, leaving many commuters without the option of loading and unloading their vehicles.
Plano is the first major city in the state to do so.
Councilman Mike Dyer said the decision was made after consulting with local transportation agencies and the county’s transit agency, the Transportation Planning Commission.
“We thought it was time to move on, and we hope we will,” Dyer told the San Angelo Tribune-Herald.
Dyer voted in favor of removing the system from the city’s transit system, but said the council’s decision to do it was driven by a lack of understanding of the impact on riders.
“I think in the end, it was a little premature,” Dyers said.
“There’s a lot of work to be done to educate people on how to safely and safely use the trunk flex, but the best way to do that is to educate them.”
Dyer also said it was important to point out that removing the trunk from the system will have no effect on the countywide transit service.
“The county is going to continue to be able to use this trunk flex system,” he said.
The council voted unanimously to remove all flex flexes on the Plano Transit Authority’s service in December, and to replace it with trunk flex.
PlanO, a Plano-based transportation company that designs and manufactures trunk flex systems, has said the current system is “an unnecessary barrier to mobility.”
The company says the flex system has a limited capacity for the number of vehicles on the transit system and is more expensive than other options.
Dyers says Plano will continue to use the existing trunk flexes until the county can get a better handle on the problem.
Dyson says Planos current flex system is one of the best in the county.
He said the company has installed the new trunk system in all of its transit vehicles and that it has no plans to remove it.
The City Council voted 4-3 to remove trunk flex in January, but Dyer says he will have more information available next week.