HENRY COUNTY, GA- February 7, 2018—Citizens will be able to utilize Henry County Transit’s first fixed route to begin on Monday, February 12. The scheduled route will take riders on a 12- mile course through north Henry County, stopping at six locations throughout.
The new fixed route is a pilot program for the county in order to offer citizens enhanced transportation and mobility services. The bus will stop at various shopping venues as well as the Fairview Corners Medical Campus, the Fairview Library and the Fairview Recreation Center.
District V Commissioner Bruce Holmes lauded the new fixed route as a boon to citizens and area seniors in particular.
“Over the years, many seniors have requested scheduled fixed routes from the Henry County Transit Department. Our seniors have had difficulty accessing amenities such as our libraries, recreation centers, Henry County Parks, Hidden Valley Senior Center and doctor’s offices for medical care,” said Holmes. “With fixed routes, our seniors can use our transit schedule to navigate their day. They now know where and when transportation will be available at a specific point in time. I am a champion for our senior population and will continue to advocate to improve sustainable housing, mobility and quality of life for them well into their golden years. Scheduled routes are an additional option for citizens and could possibly lure universities, medical organizations and other much-needed businesses to North Henry.”
The Fairview Shuttle bus will initially hold 16 passengers and is currently free of charge, however a fare will be set at a later date. The operating hours for the shuttle bus are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Bus stop signs have been installed along the route, displaying the current schedule for each stop.
Early this year, Commissioners approved the purchase of a 20-passenger StarTrans Senator II Shuttle bus that is equipped with a wheelchair lift. Cost of the bus was $79,280 but was made possible through a Federal Transit Adminsitration grant, costing the county approximately $16,000 as a result of a 20 percent match requirement. Henry County Transit expects to put the new bus in service for the fixed route within the next three months.
For more information on Henry County’s Transit Department, please visit http://www.co.henry.ga.us/Departments/S-Z/TransitDepartment.aspx or call 770-288-RIDE.
The bus stop locations and times are below: