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Chatham Transit Network invites public input on Siler City Shuttle

Posted Saturday, July 10, 2010

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Siler City, NC - Chatham Transit Network has future plans to improve transportation services for Siler City residents so that more of them have more reliable transportation to more places. Residents are invited to a public forum on Tuesday, July 13, at the Western Senior Center in Siler City from 3-4:30 pm to get information on the proposed shuttle service in Siler City and provide feedback.

Chatham Transit’s current same-day service requires that a customer call to request a trip, but there are a limited number of vehicles available. Dale Olbrich, executive director of Chatham Transit, describes this service as “very convenient if there is a vehicle available. However, you never know when you call if you will be able to actually get a ride. Residents can’t always plan to use this transportation if they have an appointment to keep.”

Also, because customers can call with fairly short notice to request a trip, it can be very difficult for Chatham Transit’s dispatchers to group trips together. This means that a van is sometimes carrying just one passenger, when it could be carrying up to nine.

To address these problems and make transit service available to practically everyone in Siler City on a regularly scheduled basis, Chatham Transit is planning to provide a shuttle service throughout town.

The Siler City Shuttle would pick up and drop off customers at 24 locations, including Town Hall, the Western Senior Center and Walmart. These stops will be conveniently located to transport residents from the residential areas of town to and from the commercial areas.

The Siler City Shuttle will include a Green Route and a Red Route, which will travel along the same loop but in opposite directions. Each route will leave Town Hall at the same time, starting at 8 am and making six trips around with the last trip ending at 6:15 pm.

“Even though this may sound complicated, it isn't,” states Olbrich. “We want to offer transportation that the residents of Siler City need,” says Olbrich. “Extensive research has gone into the planning, but we want to be as sure as possible it is right before we launch. This is why the forum on July 13 is so important. Spanish interpreters will be available.”

For those who are unable to attend, Chatham Transit still wants to hear from you. Comments can be sent to info@chathamtransit.org or to PO Box 1032, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

More information and a comment form can also be found online at www.chathamtransit.org.

 
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