The effort to consolidate rural transit in McLennan County with Waco Transit’s urban service is gaining steam and will be discussed at two meetings this week.

County commissioners in August declared their intent to pursue a transit district that would partner with Waco Transit to serve rural areas of the county. It would use state rural transit money that the Heart of Texas Council of Governments currently uses for on-demand rural service.

City of Waco and McLennan County leaders have since begun fleshing out the proposal, with a vision of fixed Waco Transit routes through the “nonurbanized” areas of McLennan County.

Waco Transit general manager John Hendrickson said the switch could happen by the end of the year.

The Waco-McLennan County Intergovernmental Relations Committee will discuss details of the plan at a meeting at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the third floor of City Hall, 300 Austin Ave.

The Waco City Council will discuss it as part of a broader conversation on transportation planning at a 3 p.m. Tuesday work session at the Waco Convention Center’s Bosque Theatre, 100 Washington Ave.

Both meetings are open to the public.

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