Lampasas County commissioners Monday reappointed Judge Wayne Boultinghouse to serve as a board member on the Hill Country Transit District board.

As a member of the Hill Country Transit District board, Boultinghouse will continue to provide oversight in the regional operation of HOP buses and vehicles. Boultinghouse has served on the board since 2010. Representatives from HOP’s different service areas each serve four-year terms.

Part of HOP’s rural transportation line, Lampasas County served 3,742 clients between Nov. 16, 2013, and Jan. 15, the largest in its category.

Unlike Killeen or more metropolitan areas — considered HOP’s urban service — rural bus services do not have a fixed route. Rather, the buses pick up children, elderly or any other residents by appointment and bring them to their destination.

Tony Austin, director of rural operations at Hill Country Transit, said the number of Lampasas County riders far exceeds the riders from Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Llano, Mason, Milan, Mills and San Saba counties.

Austin said the number of riders per hour in the county has not grown enough to merit beginning a fixed bus route in the area.

“Lampasas has basically been growing in numbers, and even though the population is growing, the growth in rider numbers has remained steady,” Austin said.

Maintaining and improving the current buses would be the focus in the upcoming months, he said.

In the past, he said, Boultinghouse had been very helpful in trying to provide a location for the state organization to house its buses.

Commissioners also awarded an asphalt and emulsion bid to Western Inc., a full-service paving and road maintenance company. The bid was for future road repairs, County Clerk Connie Hartmann said, and no current repairs are scheduled.

Commissioners also agreed to begin seeking bids for the county’s gasoline needs. The fuel will be used by law enforcement vehicles and other county purposes, Hartmann said.

Contact Courtney Griffin at cgriffin@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7559

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