Go Bus Provides Rides for Those Without Cars



Need transportation? The GoBus system with its 40 or so purple and green buses makes more than 800 trips a day Monday through Friday in 14 Northeast Texas counties, helping people without cars, people whose cars are in the shop, and other people with a need for mobility.

GoBus provided 159,000 trips for fiscal 2011, mostly for trips to the grocery stores, doctors’ visits, shopping, and even jobs in the wheelchair lift-equipped buses and vans.

Fees generally are $2 per trip – each direction – within a county and $5 across county lines. Counties served in the East Texas Council of Governments-sponsored service are Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Wood, and Van Zandt. Reservations must be made no later than 2 p.m. the working day (Monday through Friday) before the requested service, and can be made as many as two weeks in advance.

The GoBus mission is to operate a safe, dependable, and effective transportation network that provides mobility, improves the quality of life, and stimulates economic development through the provision of rural public transportation services.

To schedule a trip, call 800.590.3371; for more information, go to www.etcog.org/234/transportation.htm.

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