The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Editorials

November 5, 2013

Ne need to hitch

Thirteen years into the new millennium, one might not think that transportation issues would still govern the lives of so many people. Nevertheless, there are still those among our population who do not have a reliable way to get to their job, doctors’ appointments or to the store to grab the fixings for dinner.

They can be limited by financial resources, age, illness or a variety of other reasons.

So, who are they gonna call?

Raleigh County Community Action Association’s transportation services.

Some say the services are one of the best-kept secrets in Raleigh County, but director Andy Austin would like to shout its availability from the rooftops.

The services — which include Raleigh Express, Dial-A-Ride and Job Access and Remote Commute (JARC) — are open to everyone, not just the elderly or disabled as many believe.

Raleigh Express buses cover two city and two county shuttle schedules which run four times a day. Transfers are made at Walmart.

Dial-A-Ride offers curb-to-curb service to the public by appointment.

By submitting a schedule in advance, JARC will transport people to and from work, school, employment and training.

All for just $2.50 one-way, $5 roundtrip and $2 for each additional stop.

That’s way less than the cost of a tank of gas!

In large cities with extensive modes of public transportation, people find it no big deal to hop on a bus or train to get to where they need to go.

Why doesn’t it work that way here? Why do so many think if they don’t have their own private ride, that they can’t get to where they need to go?

We hope the secret of RCCAA’s transportation opportunities soon moves out from behind its shroud and many, many more residents begin to take advantage.

It would be a win-win for residents and the transportation system alike.

 

For information or to schedule transportation, call 304-252-6396 or visit www.rccaa.org

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