Reidsville launches bus service, hopes to mirror success in Eden

REIDSVILLE, N.C. — Bus services for Reidsville get rolling Wednesday morning.

The route is meant to connect those without reliable transportation to key places in the city like grocery stores, medical centers, shopping and government offices.

“We’ve heard for years that transportation or lack thereof is a real issue in Rockingham County because it’s a very rural type area,” said Lee Covington, executive director of Aging Disability and Transit Service of Rockingham County.

Covington said the buses won’t replace on-demand shuttle options for those with medical needs that are generally set up a few days in advance.

Establishing a public bus route, called “skat,” allows mobility both within the city of Reidsville and Rockingham County. Connector routes to Eden and Wentworth are also options with the new Reidsville route. The Wentworth connection allows people to access government services or attend Rockingham County Community College.

“I think the excitement has been building and I think it’s even more exciting because of those connector routes we’re going to provide service to many more people than just one fixed route,” said Covington.

Downtown Reidsville shoppers like Glenda Gunn have noticed the impact that the bus route in Eden has had.

“When I’m in Eden I see drop off points and I see people getting on and off and I think it must be going well,” said Gunn.

Covington said ridership in Eden is at 1,500 people per month with just as many or more people expected to use the bus in Reidsville.

Rides will cost $1. $10 and $20 ticket bundles will also be available along with unlimited ride monthly passes for $35.

For a complete look at the schedule and routes visit rideskat.org.

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