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County resumes transit rides for elderly and disabled individuals

Troup County’s transit bus program, Troup Transit, has reopened and is available to only assist elderly and disabled passengers at this time.

Troup Transit is a program offered by Troup County Parks and Recreation that provides a method of transportation to meet essential needs of the citizens of Troup County. The service usually takes passengers on grocery store trips, to the Active Life Center and to doctor’s appointments but is currently limiting rides to doctor’s appointments only, said Corey Dunn, the transit coordinator.

“We’re limiting it to the elderly and disabled people right now, but we’ll open up to everyone else involved more slowly,” Dunn said. Passengers will need to call the Troup County Parks & Recreation at (706) 883-1673 at least 24 hours in advance to schedule a trip. Rides are on a first come, first serve basis, and masks are mandatory. The bus will pick passengers up from the curb of their home and take them to their appointment, Dunn said. Upon completion of the passenger’s appointment, they will need to call the bus to pick them up. Troup Transit’s services were reduced during the beginning of the pandemic last year, Dunn said, but it still found ways to help its senior passengers who participate in the Active Life Center.

“We were basically a transporter of home-delivered meals and did about 100 people a week,” Dunn said.  “Our drivers would drop them off at their doors … and we’re actually still doing it once a week now.”

This transport service is offered between 6:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and costs $2 per stop.