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GoBus History, Mission & Vision

The East Texas Council of Governments was designated the Rural Transit District for the 14 county region in September 1995.

In accordance with Texas Transportation Code (Chapter 458), the Rural Transit District is empowered to carry out the purpose of district planning, constructing, or operating a facility or performing a service that the rural transit district is authorized to operate or perform.

The ETCOG Area Agency on Aging (AAA) began providing Rural Public Transportation in 1990, initially utilizing the AAA’s fleet of vehicles purchased with Elderly Funds and contracting with the AAA's Elderly Transportation Contractors.

ETCOG assumed direct responsibility for the delivery of Transportation Services on September 1, 2007.

To design, implement and maintain an efficient, effective rural transportation system.  ETCOG'S GOBUS rural transportation system operates a safe, dependable, and effective transportation network that provides mobility, improves the quality of life, and stimulates economic development through the provision of rural public transportation services.


To become the best Rural Transit Operator in the Nation as measured by customer validation and earned national recognition from state and national transit organizations.




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