The HOP - Hill Country Transit

Hill Country Transit District (HCTD) operates the HOP, a regional public transit system that has grown from the transit service provided by HCTD in a nine-county area in Central Texas since the 1960s.  In the last decade, that service has seen significant change and growth.  The transit service still serves a large rural area, and the service has further evolved to include two Urban Divisions.  One Urban Division serves the Temple urbanized area, including Belton.  The other Urban Division serves the Killeen urbanized area, including Copperas Cove and Harker Heights.

The transit system, known as the HOP, regularly coordinates trips, often carrying passengers with disabilities via its Special Transit Service (STS) to Fixed Route Service (FRS) routes, thereby providing service to persons in rural areas and urban clients in the Killeen and Temple urbanized areas.  HCTD includes among its passengers clients of several social service agencies.


What is the HOP?
The HOP is Central Texas' Regional Public Transit System operated by Hill Country Transit District through offices in Belton  and San Saba, Texas. Fixed route and complementary paratransit public transportation service is provided in the Killeen-Copperas Cove-Harker Heights and in the Temple-Belton urban area. Rural public transportation is provided through a demand response system in the smaller communities within the 9 county transit district


Who can use the HOP?
Everyone is welcome on the HOP. Riders under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Every bus is wheelchair accessible. Specific regulations are stated in the General Riding and Use Rules for Passengers.


When does the HOP operate?
In Killeen - the HOP operates Monday - Friday 6am - 7pm.  Saturdays 9am - 6pm. No  Sunday or holiday service is provided.

In Temple - the HOP operates Monday - Friday 6am - 6pm, Saturdays 10am - 5pm.  No Sunday or holiday service is provided.


Where does the HOP operate?
The HOP operates fixed route and complementary paratransit service in the Killeen-Copperas Cove-Harker Heights and the Temple-Belton urban area and a demand response service in rural communities within the nine-county transit district.


How much does it cost to ride the HOP?
Ride one-way anywhere on the system for only $1.00!  Elderly, individuals with disabilities, Medicare recipients, and students ride half fare with HOP issued eligibility card and photo ID.   Reduced rates are granted on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, customers are able to buy monthly bus passes; otherwise, exact change is needed for the fare box.


How and where can I buy monthly passes?

Save money each month by purchasing a monthly HOP pass for only $25. Monthly passes can be purchased at the HOP office in Belton at 4515 W. US 190. NO REFUNDS ON MONTHLY PASSES, MULTI-RIDE TICKETS, OR TOKENS.

We have added additional sales outlets for the purchase of Passes and Multi-Ride tickets. 


 In Killeen -- United Way of  the Greater Fort Hood Area located at 208 W. Avenue A - Contact 254-634-0660 - - hours of operation are Monday - Friday 9:00 - 11:00 and 1:00 - 4:00.          

In Harker Heights you can purchase passes at the City of Harker Heights building located at 305 Millers Crossing - Contact 254-953-5631 - hours of operation are Monday - Friday 8:00-5:00.

In Temple  at the City of Temple office located at 2 N. Main Street, Temple - Contact 254-298-5700 - hours of operation are Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:45. You may also purchase passes at the Temple Visitor's Center located at 120 W. Central - Contact 254-298-5900 - hours of operation are Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:00.

 In Belton you can purchase passes at the City of Belton office located at 100 South Davis Street, Belton - Contact 254-933-5800 - hours of operation are Monday - Friday 8:00 - 5:00.

In Belton -  The HOP Office at 4515 W. US 190, Belton, Texas 76513. Contact 254-933-3700.



The payment of media fare is CASH or MONEY ORDER only. Please make your money order out to Hill Country Transit District (HCTD).  TOKENS are available for sale only at the Belton office. Tokens come in multiples of 20 for $10.00 a bag.  If you are an AGENCY and would like to establish an account for the purchase of media fare, please call your local HOP office for more information.  NO REFUNDS ON MONTHLY PASSES, MULTI-RIDE TICKETS, OR TOKENS.


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