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Service Delays and Closures Due to Inclement Weather:

Thanks to KWTX in Waco, the following link has been provided in order to notify our passengers of any service delays:


We understand that many of our passengers rely on The HOP to get to work, school, and medical appointments, however sometimes unsafe driving conditions prohibit The HOP from operating. While it is important that our passengers are able to travel to their destinations, HCTD values safety above all else.

The HOP Response to COVID-19

As the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has become a concern, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have issued certain hygiene and sanitation guidelines. The HOP strongly recommends that passengers wear cloth face coverings on transit vehicles and in public settings in addition to practicing social distancing measures. The HOP will continue to keep the safety of its riders and employees as its top priority. The HOP enforces a rigorous sanitation routine in which all vehicles that go into service are thoroughly sanitized by our staff every evening. In response to COVID-19, The HOP is going beyond CDC recommendations by ensuring that each vehicle is chemically treated at least three times per day while in service. As a passenger, if you have any concerns about the cleanliness or safety of our service, we encourage you to bring it to the attention of the driver, or to call The HOP at (254) 933-3700.

In addition to the buses being disinfected 3x per day, we ask that:

  • Effective July 2nd, 2020, all passengers are required to wear a face covering such as a cloth mask.
  • As stated in the onboard signage for the vehicles, all passengers respect the social distancing rule of maintaining at least six feet between themselves and other passengers.
  • All passengers respect any blocked seats.
  • All passengers, please understand that our door-to-door service has been modified during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic so that drivers can no longer take passengers inside of clinic offices. Please understand that this is for your own protection as well as that of our drivers.

Additional information and recommendations from the CDC regarding mask guidelines can be found here:

The HOP appreciates your patience and continued patronage during this time. We assure you that The HOP is monitoring this difficult situation and will continue to do all that is within our power to ensure our passengers have access to safe and dependable transportation.

Welcome to The HOP

Operated by Hill Country Transit District

Hill Country Transit District (HCTD) operates The HOP, a regional public transit system that started in the 1960’s as a volunteer transit service that has since grown to serve a nine-county area covering over 9,000 square miles. In the last decade, the system has experienced significant growth and consists of three divisions: the nine-county Rural Division, the Killeen Urban Division consisting of Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, and Killeen; and the Temple Urban Division consisting of Belton and Temple.

The HOP coordinates many types of trips. Service is provided to passengers with disabilities via the Special Transit Service (STS) which often connects with the Fixed Route Service (FRS). The HOP partners with many area social service agencies to provide transportation to their clients.

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Mission Statement

Hill Country Transit District, a political subdivision of the State of Texas, is a regional transit system whose mission is to build, refine, and operate a safe, dependable, and effective transportation network that provides mobility, improves the quality of life, and stimulates economic development through the provision of rural, urban fixed route, and ADA complementary paratransit service for citizens and visitors of the Central Texas area.