Rural Transit service begins Monday

Monday, January 5, 2009
Greencastle Rural Transit vans are ready to start service beginning Monday. They have been parked at City Hall for about a week.

Beginning today, Putnam County Rural Transit will begin making rounds throughout Putnam County, stopping at various points throughout the county to pick up and drop off additional riders as time and space allow.

"We will be providing very thorough transit service to the Greencastle area. Although it is too soon to settle on specific times, the public needs to know that all they have to do is call ahead at 848-1508 to schedule a ride, as many have already done," said Norm Richardson, Operations Manager for Area 10 Agency on Aging.

"No matter what the schedule of set stops ends up being, calling ahead is the best bet, since most folks don't live right on the route anyway. The nice thing is that we can deviate from our route to pick up those who call ahead," he added.

The places where most likely to have recurring stops throughout the day are City Hall, the Putnam County Senior Center, DePauw University Union, Putnam County Hospital, the medical offices near the hospital, Ivy Tech, apartment complexes, Wal-Mart, Kroger and Eastside Plaza, although nothing is set in stone at this time.

In addition to the Greencastle Express, two "County Sweeps" will operate, Monday through Friday with demand-response service available. For the remainder of the day, these vehicles will continue to provide demand-response service, with round trip curb-to-curb service available from home to destinations including appointments, shopping areas, and other personal and business locations throughout the county

Fares are 75 cents for one-way rides, with monthly passes available for $15.

"I will say that we are thrilled to begin transit service for Putnam County. We have a wonderful staff of Putnam County residents hired and trained who will do a great job," said Richardson.

For information about the new public transit or to schedule a ride call 848-1508.

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  • The phone number for Rural Transit can be dialed locally at 765-848-1508. You do not need to dial 1-800 first.

    -- Posted by MB on Mon, Jan 5, 2009, at 9:57 AM
  • Great!! This sounds Great!!

    I am glad that we got a Transit Service for people that prefer not to drive! this saves gas and cars on the rd.

    THanks Putnam County!

    -- Posted by luv2bmom2001 on Mon, Jan 5, 2009, at 10:08 AM

    -- Posted by Michele1953 on Mon, Jan 5, 2009, at 11:23 AM
  • and you dont have to dial 765

    -- Posted by blah-blah-blah on Mon, Jan 5, 2009, at 3:41 PM
  • Will there be a map and time line published? Or is it like a taxi service?

    -- Posted by secondthought on Tue, Jan 6, 2009, at 7:38 AM
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