Jackson County Transit received grant funding which will enable transportation services to be provided at a reduced rate for residents who are disabled or who are 60 years of age or above for Door to Door Services beginning July 1, 2014.
As long as funding is available for qualifying individuals, fares will only be $1 each way for scheduled trips within the county and $1 added for each additional stop. The reduced fare can add up to big savings for many elderly and disabled residents in Jackson County. For example, Kim Shuler, Mobile Coordinator for Jackson County Transit, explained a ride from Cullowhee to Sylva usually costs around $3 one way. Riders from Little Canada could pay $4 for one way rides into Sylva. The grant which is offered annually will pass along savings to residents. Shuler told WRGC, the Jackson County Transit will certainly reapply for the federal grant again in 2015.
Medical trips to Swain, Haywood, and Macon will be only $5 round trip, and $10 round trip to Asheville. Trips to destinations outside of Jackson County must be scheduled five days in advance. Rides within Jackson County and extra stops must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. It will not be possible to make stops that have not been scheduled.
For more information or to register for this program come by the office at 1148 Haywood Road in Sylva (past the Dillsboro Huddle House) or call the Jackson County Transit office at 828-586-0233.